Skyhunter

Skyhunter

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The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death, transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara. The legendary Strikers, Mara's elite fighting force, are trained to stop these monsters. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable. Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope. Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. After another devastating battle, Mara seems ready to fall. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?--
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250221681
Branch Call Number: TEEN LU
Characteristics: 371 pages : map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Sky hunter

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DCLkids May 06, 2021

A Great Books for Great Kids staff pick. Get ready for an action-packed book full of fighting mutant monsters. Grades 7-8.

Skyhunter is a book that hooks the reader right from the start. At only a few chapters into
the book it will make you feel sad, guilty, compassionate, happy, etc. The reader gets to see amazing world building form the perspective of Talin, who is the main character of the book. The way that the different settings in the story were described was very compelling. It’s very easy and immediately captivating to see this small country called Mara and start rooting for it, hoping it withstands the power of the Federation. The concept of ghosts is really intriguing and a sort of somber take on zombies which I personally found really cool. The romance didn’t feel forced and was very well paced and thought out. All the characters get great development and I greatly appreciate the fact that Talin is mute, it’s not something we see a lot in mainstream books, which is upsetting considering it is very important to have this type of representation, especially in main characters. Overall 5/5 read, I would recommend this to anyone who has the chance to read it.

“It is always the gentle ones I fear for the most, those willing to bare their hearts, who grieve for others and feel happy for others' happiness.”

In a war-torn world, Mara is the last nation that has been untouched by the tyrannical Karensa Federation. Their last hope is Mara’s Strikers, a military resistance operation that keeps the Ghosts, the mutated soldiers of the Karensa Federation, at bay. Talin is one such Striker, loyal to Mara above all else, but when she intercepts a mysterious prisoner, she takes pity on him, risking her life to find out his true origins.
With Skyhunter. Marie Lu proves that she is a true master in the world of YA dystopian literature. Every character is relatable and distinct, and the action is just as pulse-pounding as her other novels.

POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNINGS: graphic violence, loss of loved ones

IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

I loved the characters in this book. Talin, Red, Adena, and Jeran make a really great unit. I also appreciate that the enemy, even though it is the enemy, is not black and white. There is depth and different sides to the enemy. Although budding friendships arise, there is no forced rushed romance, which is a plus.

Skyhunter by Marie Lu follows the story of Talin, a refugee and talented striker of Mara, as she and her friends defend the country of Mara against the power-hungry Karensa Federation. There is someone who is essential to this fight - Red. Red is a skyhunter who fled from the Karensa Federation after torturous things were inflicted upon him and his family. Together, Talin, Red, Jerman, and Adena risk their lives to protect the last free nation and rid the evil Federation. Personally, I wasn’t incredibly impressed by this book, mostly because I don’t really enjoy sci-fi books that much, but it would be great for someone who does enjoy that genre! There were also many fighting scenes, which to me felt slightly repetitive. However, if you enjoy action, you would definitely love it! Although there were a few things that I personally disliked due to my own preferences in books, there were many elements that I did enjoy. For example, my favorite thing were the complex characters and how each character had their own unique story. Lu didn’t solely focus on developing the main character, Talin, but instead built intriguing supporting characters, like Jerman. Another thing I enjoyed was the world building and the descriptions of the book. Moreover, a unique aspect to this book was the form of communication used. Typically in books, they use their voice to talk as the sole source of communication but in this book, there was sign language, telepathy, and of course, talking. Having these three methods of communication added a special element to the story. Overall, I enjoyed many aspects of the book, but as someone who doesn’t enjoy much sci-fi, it wasn’t for me. It was okay but not really memorable. Nonetheless, I’m certain that it would suit other people’s tastes!

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p_h
Jan 16, 2021

Talin Kanami is a Striker, a skilled soldier who defends the nation of Mara against the Karensa Federation. Mara’s inevitable end seems near, until Talin saves a prisoner of war from being executed. The prisoner, Red, could be Mara’s salvation. This was an exhilarating story, and I could not stop reading! The characters stood out to me most. Talin is mute and a refugee in Mara, which means that she knows discrimination well. Despite this, she still fights and makes sacrifices for Mara. She is so resilient and strong in the face of suffering. Furthermore, I loved seeing Talin’s bond with Red develop slowly and how they help each other to heal. The supporting characters were all likable (Jeran and Aramin especially!). As with this author’s other series, the writing is impeccable and very descriptive. I would recommend Skyhunter to anyone who is a fan of Marie Lu’s other books and dystopian/sci-fi stories.

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LycheeLily
Jan 13, 2021

Skyhunter is a web carefully woven out of friendship, action, and science fiction that will trap you in its world until the end. As Talin, an elite warrior for the last free nation of Mara, deals with animosity for her muteness and former refugee status, she crosses paths with a prisoner of war, named Redlen, and forms a powerful bond with him. She and Redlen, along with fellow warriors Adena and Jaren, must deal with their own pasts as they fight against the Federation, which hopes to conquer their free nation. My favorite aspect of Skyhunter is how the author hides themes from today’s time in the story, like technological innovations, racial prejudice and language translation. Enhanced with colorful descriptions, Skyhunter covers diverse topics while spinning a page-turning spell on its readers.

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Alicorn1
Dec 15, 2020

Skyhunter's thrilling plot and unique characters really drew me into the book, making it an enjoyable read! In this futuristic world, Talin is a refugee in the last free country, Mara. She fights for freedom against the abominable Karensa Federation as a Striker, one of the elite soldiers of Mara. When a prisoner from the front lines captures Talin's attention, she saves him, believing him to be the one who will turn the tables in the war. Talin's journey is fascinating due to the language barriers that she must overcome as well as her deep need to win the war, despite the seemingly imminent defeat. Although the beginning of the book was really slow-paced, the ending was worth it, and I look forward to reading the second book! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dystopian story with a hint of romance.

OPL_KrisC Oct 21, 2020

An action-packed sci-fi adventure set in a world torn apart by war and following a team of young warriors who are seeking to be their countries salvation. For fans of Joelle Charbboneau.

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lurkykitty
Oct 19, 2020

I really enjoyed Skyhunter, another winner from Marie Lu. Tallin is a refugee and is mute. She is a Striker, a special type of fighter, for the country of Mara. Mara is under threat from the Karensa Federation, which has invaded every other country except for Mara. Tallin and her mother fled to Mara when the Federation invaded their own country Basea. Mara does not treat its refugees well. Even though Tallin risks her life for Mara, she is mocked and called a "rat". The Strikers are trained to fight "ghosts", dangerous genetically modified people turned into monsters created by the Federation.
The story gets going when an unusual prisoner from the Federation is captured by Mara. He is slated for execution. Sensing something important about him, Tallin advocates to spare his life.
Skyhunter is a fast paced sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian. The Federation is truly chilling in its treatment of people. There are references to an ancient society that met with an apocalyptic end, which makes the reader to want to learn more. The characters are interesting and well developed. Tallin's character offers the unique perspective of that of a refugee and a mute person. Skyhunter is the first book in a series. I look forward to future installments.

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

Mara is one of the last surviving free nations in all the world. Refugees constantly flee to the borders to escape. Worse than death, if they are caught they are transformed into mutant war beasts called Ghosts. The Karensa Federation has already conquered a dozen countries and now they are sending their ghosts to attack Mara. Mara fights back, though, with their own fighting force, the Strikers. One of those Strikers refuses to lose hope. Talin is a refugee that found asylum in Mala, even though her people are treated as repugnant peasants.

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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

“It is always the gentle ones I fear for the most, those willing to bare their hearts, who grieve for others and feel happy for others' happiness.”

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