I’m back and ready to share some thoughts on “A Hero Rising” by Aubrie Dionne. First, here’s the info and a synopsis:
A Hero Rising
A New Dawn, #3
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Release Date: February 2012
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-83-1
Prequel to A New Dawn – Book Three
After watching his love leave on a colony ship, James Wilfred must save those left behind from a planetary apocalypse. Their salvation lies in an unfinished ship tucked away in a secret government base, and only James can break in and pilot him and his people to freedom on a nearby space station.
Skye O’Connor’s boyfriend never returns after his gang attempts an assassination of the Governor, and the State Building is destroyed. Worse, crazed moonshiners addicted to the chemical Morpheus have stormed the city, and she must find a safe place for her and her boyfriend’s daughter. When a heroic man saves her, Skye asks to accompany him on his quest to find the last colony ship left on Earth.
As the city falls around them, James and Skye must work together to build a new future, all the while rediscovering their ability to love, before the apocalypse claims them both.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you’ve been following my blog, then you probably saw my interview with Aubrie Dionne. She’s the author of the A New Dawn series which also includes Tundra 37. As you may remember, Tundra 37 featured a character named Mestasis who makes a deal to get herself and her twin off a doomed planet. A gang member named James helped her to secure the deal but is left behind due to being found unfit health-wise.
This book picks up with Mestasis leaving and shows what happened to James afterwards. He and the other members of the Radioactive Hand of Justice are forced to find their own escape route before the whole planet ends up becoming uninhabitable while fending off Moonshiners. The Moonshiners have become more monster than people after becoming addicted to a substance that keeps their bodies moving despite a lack of food. His unlikely ally is a woman named Skye. Skye hates gangs and has lost her boyfriend, leaving her to watch after young Carly alone.
A Hero Rising is a gripping read that kept me interested the whole way through. I actually enjoyed it even more than the previous book. The tension rises as the small group tries to come up with a way to get them and the other members of the gang permission to live in the one place they can escape to. The book actually raised a lot of interesting questions about the elite and what happens when the privileged few try to decide who is worthy of saving and who isn’t.