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When the aliens arrived, they were hailed as the saviors of a dying Earth and dwindling human race. But the aliens didn't come to help. Now, one human girl’s ingenious invention and one alien boy’s awakened heart are humanity’s last hope...
Nineteen years ago, aliens arrived on a barely habitable Earth with advanced technology and the promise of ensuring human survival in exchange for a place to settle. They were hailed as the saviors of humans and Earth.
Today, 16-year-old Helia wants two things in life: to step out of her over-protective mother’s shadow and become an engineer, and to stop hiding her relationship with alien boy Kalo. But the world definitely isn't ready for a human-alien romance. And worse, the human-alien partnership is crumbling. Humans are arrested without explanation. Some of them are never seen again.
When the alien leader imprisons her mother on a false charge, Helia discovers the aliens never intended to help humans at all. Now, she must join forces with alien rebels. If she succeeds, humans have a chance at survival and she has a chance at love. If she fails, the dwindling human race dies out in slavery.
Helia’s Shadow Part One by K.C. Neal is the first book in the Starlight Age series. This is a YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian story that wraps you up in a new, disturbing world right from the start. K.C. Neal has created a world that is fascinating but in all honesty does not seem too far-fetched. The author is able to really make the world and the characters easy to connect with and relate to.
Helia is an Earthborn living in Haven. Earth was ‘saved’ years ago by an alien race known as Talans. Kalo is a Talan who Helia has befriended. Helia becomes concerned as things in Haven begin to unravel. The leader of the Talans, Tal-Reku, has enacted a curfew and is trying to force the Earthborn people to accept having Talans more involved in the administration. It is becoming more obvious that the Talons didn’t come here to save the human race, but rather to take it over.
Things keep getting worse and Helia doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn for help. Helia is smart and resourceful and I enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story. I was immediately drawn in by her tenacity.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world-building, the story line, the characters and the romantic elements. I was very intrigued by the synopsis of the story and I was not disappointed. The story was absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed getting immersed in Helia’s world. There were so many unique aspects of the story, characters and world created by the author. I will be reading the next book in the series and the upcoming prequel novella. If you like reading science fiction or dystopian, you will enjoy this story. It is perfect for fans of The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Divergent (Veronica Roth), and Legend (Marie Lu).