Invisible Sun

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Invisible Sun
Age Range
12+
Release Date
March 27, 2012
ISBN
006207332X
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You don't want to mess with Durango.
He left his crew behind.
His father is dead.
And he's going 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.
But who's counting.

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Surprising twist in Dystopian Genre
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3.3
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3.0
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3.0
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4.0
Usually when a novel is marked as a companion and not a sequel, the novel is strong enough to stand on its own. This is not the case with Invisible Sun. At first I found this novel difficult to get into. It did not hook me from the beginning and I found myself feeling a little out of the loop. That being the case, I decided to read Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill first. After hearing it was recommended by Suzanne Collins, and being a fan of the Hunger Games, my interest was peaked. What a shocking discovery!

Black Hole Sun mixed sarcasm and science-fiction to create a well written page-turning experience. It can best be described as Science Fiction meets the all American western! Once having finish the first novel I needed to find out more. I couldn't wait to get back into Invisible Sun. I suddenly was hooked into the book and it was one I couldn't put down. Like Black Hole Sun, there is a mixture of humor, witty comeback, and a body count. There is a lot of action and violence as well, which may be too much for some readers. However I do not feel this took away from the quality of the plot at all.

Durango and Vienne are likable characters that are independent yet can work as a team. It was great to get to delve a little deeper into their characters from the first book.

Highly recommended action filled book, but you must read Black Hole Sun first. More Science-Fiction in genre with underlying dystopian points.
Good Points
Witty humor
Interesting plot twists
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3.7
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3.7
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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!
Good Points
Kickass heroine
Guy who appreciates strong women
Action
Swearing like in Firefly
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