When Planets Fall
Abby J. Reed
(Stars Fall Circle #1)
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: April 12th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
“In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war.” -Kirkus Reviews
Breaker’s home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker’s valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker’s leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little ‘stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bath his home in justice.
All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family’s life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.
Generators coughed, then rumble-roared. The bridge lights flicked on, and I jumped. Then I started punching all the interface buttons. This button, cameras. That button accessed an intercom system. Oh, here was what turned on the generators. This button combo accessed— Hold on.
A map shot above the station, hovering all blue and white and gold. I put my hands right through it, like water, and tingles spread down my arm, through my body, and touched my spine. Colored spots like freckles covered most of a dark-blue landscape, and at the far edge of the map blinked a red dot.
The red dot flashed like a warning sign on a short-circuited fuse. It screamed: Pay attention to me. Because unless the breaker kicked in and mopped the mess of power, that fuse was going to go. And all you would’ve seen was the little warning sign saying blink, blink, blink, gone.
I touched the flashing red freckle.
Coordinates appeared on the flat surface of the station, perpendicular to the map. At least, they looked like coordinates. I touched one of the white dots. ERROR scrolled and then the coordinates of the red dot appeared again. I tried a gold circle on the opposite edge of the map. Same thing. I tried one of the white dots again. Still ERROR.
I clicked out of the map. Maybe the coordinates were locked in. But what did the coordinates represent?
Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, WHEN PLANETS FALL, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.
Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Find her online at http://www.abbyjreed.com.
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