SYNOPSIS: When 17 year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, she becomes content with her isolation and dedicates her every breath to getting him back. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to a Rooftop Party to view Icarus (the once in a lifetime solar flare) where Liv finds herself inexplicably drawn to Zander James, the mysterious boy with the crooked smile. For a few hours, Liv’s troubles finally feel a bit less overwhelming—that is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm forcing them all to seek shelter in the school’s basement. Cut off from the rest of the world and with no signs of rescue, fear and paranoia set in and battle lines are drawn, dividing their ranks. What is left the group must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own and find their families…but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Can Liv keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are she and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night…Or was Icarus, indeed, The Killshot?
I snagged Killshot during an awesome free book promotion on Amazon (that has now ended, sorry). After hearing a lot of excited readers raving about the book, I dove right into the high-schooler, Liv’s, life. She doesn’t have a great life, but hopes for better things when she finally can keep the promise to her brother to reunite them forever. I can’t imagine being separated from my siblings growing up. We don’t have as much of an age difference as Liv and her little brother, but now that I have kids I can (tearfully) imagine the situation Liv finds herself in after her parents’ deaths. If life isn’t hard enough….BAM! Apocalypse. That sucks. I will not be providing spoilers today, but just know that you won’t see the twists and turns in Killshot until they hit you in the face.
Characters: Like most avid readers, I enjoy a bit of character development. Killshot delivers this as people discover how strong (or weak) they are when apocalyptic situations arise. I love the chemistry between Liv and Zander and everyone else for that matter. High School provides enough drama on a regular day, but toss a bunch of kids in the “end of the world”…yea, it gets heated (HA, puns).
Cover: AMAZING. This cover is 100% better than the old cover and evokes much more emotion and intrigue. I need this cover on my bookshelf at home!
You can find Aria Michaels on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon and her website. I will be having a an interview with Aria later this week, including an awesome signed swag giveaway! Please buy Killshot here! I will be snagging the companion novella, Before the Sky Fell, here.
Aria also featured me on her blog here! But I just want to clarify that I am not giving her book a good review because she is super nice to me and THE KATY. Her book is awesome! So go read it. ; )