Review: Invisible Sun

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Invisible SunInvisible Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Series: Hell's Cross #2
Published by Greenwillow on March 27, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars

Durango has lost his crew and his father, but he still has his second-in-command, Vienne, for now, anyway. And they have a mission: discover everything—absolutely everything—about the secret government project his father was desperate to cover up. Not to mention that Durango's determined to prove himself to Vienne even if he dies trying. As he races through flood and fire and across a violent and terrifying planet, there's a 97% chance he's going to die trying.

The chase is on.

First Sentence: “Vienne points the gun, squeezes the trigger, and fires a live round square into my chest.”

Review:
I read the first book Black Hole Sun after I got an ARC at ALA 2010. I liked it, but wasn’t especially into it. Actually, I gave away my copy of that one. My memories of that one are very limited, as in I basically only remembered Mimi and that there was a ton of action. So, basically, I am starting over with a clean slate.

My first impressions of this were highly positive, except for the CW-style cover. Skeptical as I was going in, I’m really glad I gave this series another try. What I really like about Invisible Sun is how it defies gender norms. Durango may be a regulator, basically a mercenary badass, but he knows that his partner Vienne has so much more skills than he does. And he’s totally cool with his female partner and girlfriend being more powerful than he is. Gotta love a guy that appreciates a strong woman.

Another thing I really enjoyed was that people swore largely in foreign languages. Why do I like this? Because of Firefly. That’s really all I have to say on that, except that if you haven’t seen that show, you should go watch it immediately.

The one recommendation I would make to improve this book is to better distinguish between Durango’s conversations with Mimi and those with people. As is, it is very difficult to tell when he stops talking with Mimi and begins conversing with someone else. Also, I’m not really sure if he’s talking out loud to Mimi or just thinking to her. I just think it would have been a lot more comprehensible if the exchanges with Mimi were in italics.

Invisible Sun is an action-packed read. I recommend it to anyone who is sick of the typical gender dynamics and gender roles in YA lit. This was refreshing and I look forward to the next installment!

Favorite Quote:

“‘A poet would use this place as a metaphor for the failed Mars Utopia.'”

One response to “Review: Invisible Sun”

  1. Christina Kit. says:

    I like it when gender roles are twisted:))

    Thanks for the review!

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