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Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to ear ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

*** Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

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Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most t
Rachel E. Carter
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
Amazing. Loved the world building and the characters, drew me in from the very. first. page. and never let go. Honestly this is one of the most refreshing, intriguing YA reads I've had in a LONG time. Well done. ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
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Flashfall absolutely BLEW ME AWAY. I went into this book with zero expectations, and it was so much more than I ever could have expected or imagined. Not only is Flashfall one of my favorite 2016 debuts, but it's now one of my favorite books of all time! If you're looking for a brilliant, swoony, heart-stopping dystopian, look no further—Flashfall is "the one" for you. Honestly, I could (and I have) re-read this book over and over again and never get sick of it—it
Aly (In Wonderland)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it

I'm surprised it's a duology, although I do think that the worldbuilding needs some work and a lot of stuff needs to be explained. So that's good?

But still.

I am emotionally drained.

Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

This debut book was really quite good, and definitely shows that both the author and the series have potential. The pacing in the story speeds up quite a bit around the halfway point, and a lot of things happen pretty quickly. I would have liked a bit more detail in the story in the second half rather than speeding through things. Oddly enough, maybe the story could have done with a little less editing to some extent, as it felt almost too pared down at points.

Whatever the faults, I th

"Nos Sumus Fortunati"

OK, so here is what for me worked and what didn't.

Orion is a badass girl that has to mine cirium in the tunnels with others to keep people safe from the curtain's radioactive particles.
She can earn her freedom by reaching 400 grams, then she can be transferred to the protected city. But is there actually a safe city out there and can really Subpars reach that city?

This plot sounds SO interesting, it has SO much potential!
The problem that I found is that I couldn't
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok

Alright here's the thing. This book was super interesting and had a pretty cool concept. It's a post apocalyptic type thing that is set in a world plagued by radiation. The only way to protect from radiation is to mine this special stuff called Cirium. And of course the world is separated between the lowly, basically slave minors called "Subpars" (who can kinda withstand the radiation) and the well off people called "Naturals" (who cannot withstand radiation at all) that get to enjoy all the
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved every page of this intense, romantic scifi story!

FLASHFALL introduces us to Orion, the lead ore scout at her outpost in a world that has been shattered by radiation fallout. Orion and her climbing partner Dram spend their days below ground, mining for cirium, a tremendously valuable resource to their city-state. Having evolved for generations within the radiation belt, only the Subpars are capable of withstanding the highly corrosive, life-threatening tunnels where cirium is mined.
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This was a surprising book for me! I went into it mostly blind, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Despite that, Flashfall deemed itself to be an engaging and action-packed sci-fi novel.

Flashfall takes place in a dystopian society where residents in the Outposts have to mine cirium. By mining 400 grams, the Subpars--who are the people that can stand the radiation of the flash curtain
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, adventure, sci-fi

This book was pretty amazing. FLASHFALL did for miners, what RED RISING did for Mars. It had the same gritty feeling and strife for people mining in fear. This book is an absolutely splendid read. I was on the edge of my seat completely absorbed in this original story about a world divided by a flashfall. The flashfall is a literal wall of radiation that separates Orion and her people from a better world. In order to get out they must mine 400 grams of cirium, which is what keeps people alive. O
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful debut novel! I loved this sci-fi/fantasy-ish dystopian novel! Jenny has created an awesomely freaky but super cool world and I loved all the characters! Especially Orion and Dram (swoons)! I'm really hoping this isn't a stand alone I need more!!!!! ...more
Steph Sinclair
Red Rising for teens? Hmm... Red Rising could technically be cross-over, so I'm wondering if this would be aimed mostly towards younger teens in particular. Either way, I'm interested! :D ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Thank you MacMillan for the review copy!

Flashfall is the epitome of what I adore about science fiction and dystopian books. We have a social hierarchy, a world that’s causing the death of humans, and a main character who’s willing to carry out revolution to save the people who are treated unjustly. I haven’t read as many science fiction books as I would have liked this past year, but I’ve read enough to become enthralled by the new ideas Flashfall brings to Y
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When I first saw Flashfall, I was not expecting it to be as amazingly complex as it is. This is a story about mining and survival, something I have never read before. The main character in this book adds to the enjoyment as she is selfless, brave, and clever. The setting is truly awesome and actually so believable. I would consider this a definite must-read.

Flashfall has got to be one of the most unique books I’ve read this year. This story is all about mining, bu
Kali Wallace
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Crushing oppression, sci fi adventure with a hint of magic, weird geology, terrifying creatures, and an entire planet that is trying to kill you? What's not to love?

I had a lot of fun reading FLASHFALL, even though it's the kind of sci fi post-cataclysm adventure that's about a world that's been wrecked and all manner of terrible things happening to people who really don't deserve it, which doesn't sound fun AT ALL, but there's so much action it works out. The world-building is delightfully nast
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
As someone who is not a huge fan of dystopian fiction anymore....this was pretty terrific. Slow-burn romance. High-stakes EVERYTHING. Intense mining scenes. Loved the mineral counts at the beginning of every chapter. A standout in a sub-genre that is still a bit over-saturated imo.

And I see this being touted as a YA Red Rising...imo it's better. (Also was Red Rising not YA?)

Thanks to Macmillan for the e-arc!
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
"Pitched as Red Rising for teens, the story tells of a girl who, with her people, is forced to mine terrifying tunnels for precious metal in return for freedom, only to realize that they've been betrayed." -Publisher's Weekly

Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers (and swearing) ahead.

It has to be me, right? Yet again, I find myself unimpressed with a book that almost everyone else is raving about.

Flashfall is the story of a Orion, who is a girl. It took me a ridiculously long time to realize that. Orion is a miner. Oh, I'm sorry. She's a caver. She's a scout (or a hunter- get it, her name is Orion and he was a hunter in Greek mythology and ahahaha the author think she's clever
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Flashfall is definitely one of the best books I have read this fall. I was excited when I first heard the premise, because it is totally my kind of book. And good news, it totally lived up to the hype I created for it in my own head, so YAY! Because let's face it, that is the hardest hype to live up to ;)

What did I love about the book? Let's talk about it!

I loved that Orion and D
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
When it comes to the dystopian plot, I've seen it all before. There's conspiracies, there's rebellion, and there's the one teenage girl about to change society... It might all seem pretty unlikely, but Moyer's writing made me believe it and I was sucked into this book right from the start. It was just such a fun read! This book kind of proves you don't have to be the most original to write a good story. We don't watch movies for their originality either, do we? They're pretty much all based on t ...more
Erin Schneider
Easily 5 stars -- would give more if I could! The world-building, characters, all of it was so well done it kept the pages turning well past my bedtime! Absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the second installment -- Jenny Moyer is a definite auto read author for me now!
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I went in thinking that I wasn't going to enjoy it but I did. It's a decently written dystopian novel that keeps you turning the pages.

It's an action packed book with a bit of romance added in. You meet two cavern Orion and Dean they are in outpost 5 look for Cirium and trying to get enough so that they can move to Alara but not everything is as it seems..

You will not be able to put this book down as there are so many different twists you don't kno
Carina Olsen
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good I die a little. Sigh. Third time reading it and gosh, how badly I love it. So happy I decided to re-read it now. I remembered how much I loved it. Still I had forgotten just how very amazing this was. The writing is perfection. The story is all kinds of evil and horrible and full of hope. Love every piece of it.

There is so much about Flashfall that I love. Reading this story about Orion and Dram is the very best thing. I loved getting to know them again. And the world they l
Laura P.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Fact: This book got me hooked from chapter 1.

Flasfall turned out to be an highly entertaining action packed novel. There were lots of "hold your breath" moments and I must admit that I never got bored...not ever once! Some action scenes were a bit confusing but still very enjoyable. I also found the book quite original (it is not like I read books about miners every day lol) with definitely some interesting elements.
The writing style was clear, detailed and flowed easily. The world-building wasn
2.5 Stars

At first, when I started reading this, I was kind of excited because it made me think about that horror movie The Descent that I've watched so many times!!! I got this book in a book subscription box and given on the blurb and on the fact that it's a dystopia, I didn't have great expectations about it. So, it really surprised me how much I liked this book - again, I think it has a lot to do with the fact that it reminded me of The first. And then, things got old, you know.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
With shades of SHADOW & BONE and BLOOD RED ROAD, Jenny Moyer has created an incredible adventure with FLASHFALL.

I honestly enjoyed this. The twists. The turns. Orion and Dram. What a wonderful story. There are some flaws here and there, but they didn't deter me from reading on.

Can't wait for what Jenny Moyer writes up next.n (Hopefully a sequel!)
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Action packed with awesome characters and immersive world building. Exciting and memorable. Highly recommended!
Jenny Moyer
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Booklist called FLASHFALL a "cinematic page-turner."

You can check out the official full length trailer here:
♚ ember
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
uhm, red rising, anyone?
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Jenny is the author of the YA sci-fi/fantasy FLASHFALL, and its sequel, FLASHTIDE. (Holt/Macmillan) She lives with her filmmaker husband and their three boys in Iowa. Watch the epic, live action book trailer for the novel that Booklist calls "A cinematic page-turner."

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