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When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness,...more
Kindle Edition, 394 pages
Published July 22nd 2011 by Joseph Evans
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D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
If you can get over the blatant similarities between this and Harry Potter, and some inconsistency in world building and plot, it's pretty good. Better than it should be, honestly.

Seckry is a boy who is forced to relocate to Skyfall City with his mother. One day doing an odd job on the net, he meets a beautiful amnesiac girl, and then gets thrown into a wild plot concerning the megacorp Endrin, one that affects everyone around him and even brings to light his own history.

First off, good lord thi...more
Maria Violante
I didn't stop reading until it was over. Not to eat, not to sleep ... due to the light weight of the kindle, I didn't even have to stop to pee. Let's all just be glad that I didn't have to work today, or I think I would have been fired while trying to sneak glances between ... you know ... what it is I do.

Although the writing is simplistic at times - it is, I believe, geared for YA audiences - it is engaging, descriptive, inventive, and clever. The main character, Sekry, is whole and utterly hum...more
Queeniejo
This book was absolutely thrilling! There was adventure, romance (not that I cared much for THAT), friendships and most of all, MYSTERY. There was so much mystery to the story that it be extremely hard to write a proper review without giving away Spoilers! If I did have a complaint, it would be the kissing. I mean, the kids were only 14 for heaven's sake! But since the rest of the book was great, I'll try not to dwell on that particular scene....er, SCENES.

- :SPOILERS:-
WARNING: This part of the...more
Tiffany
Somehow I missed writing up a review on this one. When I was reading this I couldn't help but think that a teenage boy should like it (not at all that I am clear as to what teenage boys should like). The story was well told and there was enough action and curious occurrences to keep it moving.

Likes:
1 - Seckry - I could see him being a kid in school with the challenges. But then of course he goes and does something amazing and risky making him anything but the normal student.
2 - Interesting story...more
Oksana
Boys are boys no matter what time they live in, what games they play or what music they listen to. The City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans is a story of an ordinary provincial boy with an extraordinary destiny.

The events are majorly set in an alternative universe in the futuristic city of Skyfall where Secraman Sevestars moves with his mother and sister. The author creates a very believable description of the city, technology and the social situation. You clearly feel what the life in Skyfal...more
Angeli Reid
It is both a blessing and a curse to be compared to -THE- J.K. Rowling. Somehow, Joseph Evans is being fit into such big, amazing, magical shoes. Well, let me tell you now, you won't get disappointed. The City of the Falling Sky is such a refreshing read (especially if you're like me, that's been reading 'dark humor' material for the past couple of months). I've said this before, that Evans' novel is one of THE best post-Potter Depression pacifier you can find. But, its more than that. Its a who...more
Lorijo Metz
After reading the first chapter of City of the Falling Sky by Joseph Evans, my stomach did that nervous little twitter thing it does whenever I know I'm going to read something good. City of the Falling Sky is Evans first published novel, I believe, and it's very good. Not perfect, but very good. While Joseph mentions on his website that he was influenced by Harry Potter, I found City of the Falling Sky to be unique. Seckry, the main character is likable... almost lovable. In fact, Evans does a...more
Martin
While young adult books shouldn't be judged the same as adult, the storytelling here is entirely too simplistic. Friendships are formed too quickly, trust is given too easily, and situations are resolved too neatly.

Maybe you can't expect your reader to do too much thinking in a YA book, but there has to be evidence the author has thought through character motivations and why they behave as they do. Rather than being developed, characters appear to be assigned roles: good, bad, helpful, etc. with...more
Kevin Fuhrman
An enjoyable read that kept me page turning the entire time I was reading it, the desire to find out what happens next is very strong. It's difficult not to make comparisons to Harry Potter after finishing it and a few parts of the book feel like it was being forced to fit a mold for "young readers" and that makes other parts seem a little out of place by comparison.

The religious themes near the end were a little shocking to find in the "young adult" catagory, however to be fair that might just...more
kent
OK I'm 44 years old reading young adult sci-fi, sooo, after suspending all disbelief I enjoyed the book. The author uses a third person narrator to tell the story of Seckry Sevenstars in an alternate history of the near (2173) future earth. He uses lots of cutesy sounding names and fantastical chance and coincidence. From the point of view of continuing the saga of Seckry the book ties up so many loose ends it leaves very little to lead in to the next book.
So go ahead and read it, it won't hurt...more
Merry
Breathtakingly original. A revelation on almost every page. Exciting and engaging blend of the usual teenaged angst and everyday life with a mesmerising array of fantastic images and events from Joseph Evans' marvelously imagined and realised world. I can't wait to connect with Seckry and his friends again. READ THIS BOOK!

Update: Please note that I haven't read the Harry Potter books, so I obviously didn't (and can't) make comparisons as other readers have.
Nanda Zacharias
I loved this book. It kept me glued to it all the time. Even though I had to put it down. I can't wait for the second book in the series!
Obscured Vixen
This book was phenomenal! If The Uglies series and Harry Potter merged, you would come out with ‘The Seckry Sequence.’ City of the Falling Sky engaged me from the first page, and never let me go. The multiple story lines, mostly unseen in YA, was a wonderful surprise. You follow Seckry through starting at a new school, playing Friction, having his first big crush, while trying to find out the mysteries behind a corporation that seems to be incorporated in all aspects of the city.

Like a typical t...more
Stephanie
City of the Falling Sky was a non-stop adventure that I couldn't get enough of. This is the first novel I've read of Joseph Evans and trust me it won't be the last. When evil Endrin Corporations forces everyone out of Marne, Seckry must leave his friends, his school and his home to live in Skyfall City. Once in Skyfall Seckry is introduced to a whole new world, new friends and a new game called Friction. But just when things are looking up for him, he answers an ad for a job and everything he th...more
Kate
Short and Sweet:
Wandering around on Amazon one day, I came across City of the Falling Sky. Now, the summary seemed to give a little too much away in regards to the plot (I have edited it a bit for the review), but it still looked like something different. And boy was I right! Gaming... mystery... science fiction... it is all there. And in a nice, clean package.

City of the Falling Sky has multiple story lines. All interwoven together in an engrossing way. I must gives kudos to Evans for keeping a...more
Rachel "Rai29"
When fourteen year old Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends. Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slur...more
Kathryn
A great YA book. It was well written and very engrossing. It's the first published novel from Evans and I will definitely read the next books. He did a good job of tying up all the loose ends and leaving the reader wanting more. It's also one of those few books I've read about that I keep thinking about long after I finish. I can't wait for the second book. I would love to see the book made into a movie.

Spoiler alert........................

There is one weird thing about the book that I have mix...more
J.C. Hart
This book was actually a really good read. While I felt like it was written for an audience far younger than I (with the character names and style of writing reminding me strongly of the first Harry Potter book), I still felt myself drawn in. Evans has a really easy style of writing, so the story flowed nicely.

The characters are all fairly well drawn, and there is everything you would expect from a YA novel from the love interest, the best friend, the teacher/mentor, family members through to th...more
Lucy
Mostly, I enjoyed reading this book. It was quite similar to Harry Potter and I liked the school setting, and the game which the main character's played, 'Friction'.

However, I felt the writing style was too simple for me.The way that the main character solved the issues that arose in the book was quite 'neat' and simple. One of the main issues for me was that (view spoiler)...more
Christina Daley
I thought this was a good story. I liked the video game/anime feel to it, and I thought the concept was pretty unique. Some of the parts seemed to get a little tangenty, but the ending brought everything together, and that was a nice touch. And I liked some of the secondary characters. Tenk and Tipps pretty cool, although all the female characters were sort of predictable and rather one-dimensional.

I thought the writing itself could've been a little better, however. The pacing dragged at times,...more
Nikki
I came across this book when the author, Joseph Evans, found me on Twitter. Good move, Joe! I looked Joseph up on goodreads and found his debut novel, the first in a young adult series. What immediately caught my attention is that Joseph is a huge Harry Potter fan, and hey, I've got to help a fellow fan out! I bought the e-book and was immediately engrossed! The story is exciting and had me by the collar until the end.

Joseph Evans is an avid video gamer, which is evident in the book, where a vi...more
Marie Malyon
I purchased this book on a whim from Amazon just after Christmas and added it to my reading list after I saw a very intriguing comment on the cover from one reader saying it was "even better than Harry Potter" - what big shoes to fill.

Despite this, the narrative is surprisingly original. Drawing influences from the bible, (with "for Geddins sake" being my new expletive of choice!), current debates of genetic modification, corporate responsibility and even school budgets it is topical and engagi...more
Alisha
I started to read this one night when my wifi was down, and it was storming out. For whatever reason, this book had been downloaded to my kindle. Honestly, my son may have been reading it. Anyways, for the review, I found it to be pretty silly. The Harry Potter weirdness just didn't work in this science fiction book, like it did in the fantasy genre. Also it felt like the plot was going in so many directions, some of them completely pointless. I still don't get the point of adding the video game...more
S.M. Blooding
This book started out slow, but I’ve noticed that a lot of my reviews say the same thing. What am I expecting as a reader? That the author just jump head first into the story? That we miss all the important information on how we got there? I have no idea!

Once we get to the second chapter, though, the story really just TAKES OFF!

There are so many little subplots/subnotes in this story. I know several readers find that distracting, my mind finds it fascinating! I loved all the digs, and jabs, and...more
Isaac
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Huw Thomas
The basic scenario is simple enough - lonely boy in new city gets drawn into plot to stop evil genius, finding friends and enemies along the way. It took a few pages to get into but I quickly took a liking to the hero, Seckry, and enjoyed his adventures.

There were a few things that jarred, in particular the names. The book is aimed at children but some themes - drug use, bullying and mention of rape, to my mind, put it firmly in the teen/young adult category rather than being for younger readers...more
Christina
3.5 stars

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When we first started this blog, one of our very first twitter followers was the author of this book, Joseph Evans. He suggested we check out his book and after reading the synopsis, I added it to my to-read list. amazon had it free for kindle the other day, so I immediately snapped it up.

I enjoyed this book. Several other reviews compare it to the Harry Potter series and I can see that. There is a young male protagonist who attends...more
Lyndaa
Ok, so being a 40 odd year old woman I’m sure I’m not the target audience for this book, but what the hell, I enjoyed it!! I would say it was aimed more at a 12 to 16 year old reader. What I liked about it was that it was a modern story, although the names given to people and animals seemed a little fairytale like and childish. It seemed a bit odd to me that it was set in the future but was also quite old fashioned in a way. The computer gaming pods, virtual reality with team games as a national...more
Andrew Maloney
Overall, I thought CotFS was a good first novel for the author. There is a creative concept and an interesting world that I think will be better flushed out in future stories. The main characters of Secrky and Eiya were entertaining, as was the Friction game.

There were a few "convenient" escapes out of the situations Seckry and his friends faced, and some of the dialogue seemed a tad forced to move the plot along. Some of the characterization was a little 2-D or implausible: the character of Va...more
Andreea Pausan
Good, fun, light reading. Secry is a teenager whose father has disappeared mysteriously when he was very young and whose home village is taken over by a Corporation digging for resources called Endrin, thus forcing them all to re-locate in the city of Sky, where he meets new friends, learns new games, discoveres love and uncovers an Endrin conspiracy. All in a few weeks time. There are throughout the book several inconsistencies and deus ex machina moments, but overall a nice read for an YA leve...more
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