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Broken Skies

(Broken Skies #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,485 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained se
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Skyscape (first published April 2014)
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Morgan E I have read The 5th Wave and I think that Broken Skies was soooo much better! I didn't really like the writing style and the pov changing so much in T…moreI have read The 5th Wave and I think that Broken Skies was soooo much better! I didn't really like the writing style and the pov changing so much in The 5th Wave but I loved the writing style and the story in Broken Skies. I hope you pick it and give it a chance! It is sooo worth it!(less)

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Ben Alderson
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So this book was absolutely fantastic!
* here goes another sloppy review *

So it is all about an amazing fiery red head girl, Jax who lives with her twin brother in a 'camp' off people after a catastrophic event that killed over 90% of the population.
Where girls are shipped off to breeding camps, men used as killing machines and....oh yes Aliens practically of taken over the world.
Jax witnesses her brother being kidnapped by some Aliens and is determine to go and retrieve him from the head Alien
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Broken Skies gripped me to the core and was truly outstanding.  The story continually built and became more intricate, causing me to become obsessed with this book.  It's all I can think about.  Seriously.  The pages were scattered with hardships and butterfly inducing moments that were breathtaking.  I never wanted this book to end.
“It’s going to be okay,” he says.
But I know it’s not.  I don’t know if anything is ever going to be okay again.

After the war left 10% of the population alive,
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
I think my heart is singing.


There are books that you read and love, and there are books that you'll re-read for 846352 times and yes, you'll still love it. Its Broken Skies for me. This is the first 5 star review that I'll be posting this year. That alone, makes the book pretty special for me.

Broken Skies is like a hidden gem. And I'll be the first one to say it: It deserves to be seen.. to be read! To be completely honest, I don't know how to review this one. This seems to be a thing to me
Theresa Kay
Jan 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broken Skies is about a girl named Jax, a fiery red-head who lives with her twin brother Jace at a camp after an event that killed 90% of the worlds population. Girls are shipped off to breeding camps since after this event it's been hard for women to conceive, and aliens have dropped down to visit. And try to take over the world. And also steal Jax's twin, Jace.

Jax, our main character, I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. She was sarcastic, fiery but also vulnerable and caring. I l
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

You know that I don’t have a reading plan, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I had other books in mind when this one caught my attention. I just wanted to read a few pages to see how I would like it, but the thing is… I couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page, that’s how addictive it was.

BROKEN SKIES tells a story of a broken girl in a broken world, searching for her brother and teaming up with a guy that might as well be the enemy. It also tells a story of adventure, with s
**I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

4.5 amazing stars


This book was beyond amazing. Perfect combination of dystopian and science fiction that will appeal to fans of young adult novels. I just couldn't get enough of it. I never wanted to stop reading it. It was that good and I was really sad when it was over.

The story line was addictive, it sucked me in Jax's world from the first page, Loving her was really easy, although she was stubborn sometimes and driving
Morgan E
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Publisher: Amazon Publishing/ Skyscape

Wow! This book was amazing! I have to say that this is my favorite book, by far this year! Even though this year has just started, this book is going to be hard to top! I loved the writing style, the characters and the setting. I love the new spin Theresa Kay puts on the aliens. I have to say that I have an alien crush:) And anyone who reads this book, will too!

Jax (Jasmine)
I loved her as the main characte
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Theresa Kay for giving me this book to review.

30 years ago billions died as civilisation collapsed, 20 years later aliens, the E’rikon, arrived but since then have kept to themselves. A year ago Jax was attacked and killed two men, since then she has not liked being touched and relies on her twin brother Jace. When her brother is taken by the aliens, Jax will do anything to get him back and makes a deal with teenage E’rikon, Lir, with green hair and scales on his back. With Lir’s motiv
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
I liked this a lot, except...
Aliens that look exactly like humans except for weird hair and eye colors. Really? I mean this just makes no sense. I'm able to deal with that shit from Star Trek because it's Star Trek. But in any other SciFi, if the aliens look just like humans, I need a reason (see Stargate. No, seriously, everyone should watch Stargate because it's the best show ever in the entire world. But also they gave a great reason for why all the aliens look like humans - because, well, th
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very fortunate to be asked by Theressa Kay to give this book a try in exchange for an honest review.

All I knew about Broken Skies was that it was being compared to The Lux Series a lot... If you know anything at all about me you know that The Lux Series is my favorite series. And yeah it is very comparable, but too me it was more like The Lux Series, The Dustlands Trilogy, Taken, Alienated, and The 5th Wave had some kind of crazy sex party and during which a baby was formed and that baby
Cee (The Mistress Case)
“Joke’s on you guys— I was already broken.”

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be: awesome-heartthrob-thrilling-adventurous-fantastic.

Okay, that’s more than one, but I don’t have to describe this book in a single word, do I?

I started Broken Skies with the purpose of ignoring the GR reviews at all cost. I wanted to dive into it and not know what to expect. The less I knew, the more I anticipated.

Why is Jax unsociable? What is her social status in the settlement? What does it mean
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
First off, a big thanks to the author Theresa Kay, for sending this book to me for review! Also, even though I was sent this book for review, all my opinions on the book are honest and my own.

I really enjoyed this one! This was a great, fast-paced, and fun sci-fi novel. It had a lot more emotional depth than I was expecting, and the end of this one really set something big up for the next book (which I want very soon please).

Plot- At first, I wasn't expecting this plot to be much. I thought it w
Libby Wyatt
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
4.5 broken stars

This is a sci-fy YA book which is set in a dystopic world after the Collapse which caused more than 90% of the world's population to die. The aliens (the E'rikon) now live in city’s segregated from the remaining human camps. It is not until a freak “accident” that our novel really kicks off when Jace (Jax’s then brother) is kidnapped by the E’rikon. Whilst this is happening, Lir, a member of this kidnapping party is stranded. Our unlikely duo quickly brokers an alliance to help o
Siobhan Davis
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, series, ya, fantasy, sci-fi
This was an excellent, well-written start to an exciting sci-fi series. The book flowed smoothly from the first page and it hooked me from start to finish. While, in general, the pace is slower in the first half, that didn't bother me at all as the author gave appropriate time to paint her characters and showcase their personalities. I really felt a connection with Jax and Lir, and that's so important to me. Too often, authors skimp on characterization, choosing plot as a priority and in a lot o ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 25, 2014 marked it as to-read
Seeing some super great buzz about this book. I might have to try it.
**4.5 stars. oh my goodness, this was so so good! need hands on the next one!!!! full review to come
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Jax has heard the stories, seen the remains of what the world used to be, but she was born after the end, after mankind turned on itself and destroyed most of civilization.  And then the aliens arrived.

The humans and aliens seem to live in relative peace, rarely interacting with each other and each occupying their own areas. So Jax is shocked to see a group of them take her brother -- even more so when she finds herself in the presence of one who just might be able to help her get him back.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aliens
Title: Broken Skies
Author: Theresa Kay
Genre(s): Alien, Dystopian
Rating: 4 stars

Loves, Likes, Adores:
I love Lir and Jax so much!

Dislikes, Hates, Ignores:
Kiiiiinda slow in a few parts but overall I was interested in this story.

Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This novel was beyond phenomenal and breathtaking! There was never a dull moment as I enthusiastically consumed the pages one after the other. The story line is addictive as you fall into a new world. I adored how Theresa Kay sets her story in a dystopian world mixed with science fiction.

In a world where humans are almost extinct, they co-existed with the aliens: E’rikon. But it is they own fault for their near extinction after the Collapse in which a biological weap
Lenore Kosinski
I received a digital arc of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review....and now I may never recover.

Well....I am currently in epic book hangover mode. Not only did I stay up until the wee hours finishing this book, I have also just spent most of today sitting around, staring blankly at the walls, trying to recover. Have you ever watched the Sing-Off?? Shawn Stockman always talks about how when you hear a good song, sometimes you get the stank face (where it looks like you smell
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I had a whole night to think about what to write... and still I don't know where to start.

First, I suppose, let me tell you that I've never been one to read sci-fi. It takes a lot for me to even read paranormal, but it seems lately, that's all I've been reading. So, I can do all the paranormal stuff... but Aliens? Ugh. Really? You want me to like creepy aliens?!

But damn if Theresa didn't succeed in making me fall for a damn alien!

So in the beginning I was torn between Lir and Flint. Flint
Brianna ☯
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Broken Skies by Theresa Kay

I absolutely L O V E D  Broken Skies . I have quite a soft spot for alien romances/ alien adventure novels, so I make sure to judge them to a high extent. And boy oh boy did this one meet my standards!

The one thing I really found myself enjoying was the writing, Theresa is a fairly new author and when being a new author, your writing for your first or second book wont be too hot. She did a fabulous job at writing and developing the plot/world. Ev
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
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I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This story takes place several decades after humans have destroyed the earth, and aliens have invaded. The E’rikon don’t appear to be hostile, but that doesn’t mean that humans trust them either. They didn’t start rounding up the humans and turn them into slaves as soon as they landed
Sheyla ✎

“I think this is the first time I have seen you speechless," Lir says with laughing eyes. "Had I only known, I would have removed my shirt sooner.”

I have had this book for a couple of years now. One of my friends loved it and it was time for me to read it. It is no mystery that I love the Lux series which I think are the only books I've read with aliens in it. I have enjoyed alien movies a lot. Starman, E.T, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, MIB, Independence Day, Contact and Signs to
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Detailed, intricately woven sci-fi with a refreshing Distopian edge

Drawn magnetically to this exciting book with its beautiful cover and intriguing storyline, I plunged in expectantly not knowing what wonders would await! As an avid reader and lover of the Young Adult genre and a fan of Divergent and The Hunger Games, I was thrilled to encounter a dazzling distopian novel of depth and substance. The combination of out-of-this-world concepts, inspired ideas and enchanting romance made this story
Sabrina Olteanu
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Itching for Books and Theresa Kay for giving me the opportunity to read Broken Skies.

I have a great admiration for self-published authors. It's hard writing a book and hearing the critics afterwards, but it's even harder to try and publish it yourself. It's a great deal and for that you need courage. But, that's only my opinion. Mostly, every book, every story I've read by know by self-published authors was good. But, this one real
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-favorites
First of all I look like crap I stayed up all night to finish this book.
I like the cover she looks like a Jax to me.

I didn't have to high expectations of this book, since I'm not a avid alien book lover. But tell you what I just added a green hair alien to my book -boyfriend list.

Jax is a 17 year old girl living in a world where 90% off the humans have died and where young woman are becoming rare. She lives in a compound with her brother Jace who is also her twin.

In this new world aliens/E’rikon
Kat Nichols
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author for an honest review. I typically don't read Sci-Fi, but in this case, I'm so glad I did. Theresa pulled me into Jax's story from page one and kept me on the edge of my seat until the last. Her world building was spot on and I could see the world she had created in my mind. I was glad to hear that there is a second book in the works as I definitely want more. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sci Fi novels, or even if you don't, you should ...more
For some reason I am drawn to Young Adult Sci-Fi and this one had the added twist of being post-apocalyptic which is another nuance I like in a story. I was hooked from the beginning and even though I found the heroine on the bratty, emotionally messy side most of the time, I was engaged to the end. There was so much going on with this one including secrets, power ploys, intrigues, survivor-style adventure, clashing cultures and a forbidden romance. I wanted to grab for the next book in the seri ...more
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“I turn my face and force the corners of my mouth up. There may even be a bit if eyelash fluttering going on. He just rolls his dark blue eyes at me, obviously not impressed—or maybe I just look like I have something stuck in my eye. Sometimes it would be nice to make use of some feminine wiles. I sigh and drop my shoulders. "Out."

"You're going to have to do better than that. You know I'm not supposed to let you out without an escort."

"Please. I can't breathe in here." I step forward, stare up into his face, and lower my voice. "Do you know Emily wanted me to come to sewing circle this morning? Can you even imagine?"

Flint's mouth rounds up into a smile and he coughs to cover his chuckle. "No, Jax. I can't possibly imagine you doing anything remotely feminine.”
“Do me a favor. Next time you and Jace decide to do 'what's best for me' without consulting me, smack yourselves upside the head.” 2 likes
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