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Shadow Fall

(Shadow Fall #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,251 ratings  ·  180 reviews
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials,
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Blaze Publishing
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Always Pouting
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Maia Graystone has been living in the pit for years, hiding and dreading the day the emperor discovers her. Her brother Max, who was left behind when she got arrested, is constantly on her mind, as she struggles to survive so that she can see him again. Unfortunately one day two of the inmates in the pit come to get her and she is subsequently dragged out and into the hands of a women who has been searching for Maia for years. Meanwhile the world is coming to an end as the an asteroid is set to ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

Let me just get this part out the way because I can see some people moaning about it - yes this has some base similarities to the hunger games - the class sets, the fight to the death game, trying to feed/save/give a better life to a sibling- there were also elements from several other well known young adult dystopian books that have been about over the last few years. It was like a bit of them all was slotted into this story, BUT there were enough new ideas to keep me interested all the way thr
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
An asteroid is headed for the Earth and threatening to make the planet uninhabitable but there's only a few humans who will be safe and many still fighting for survival. The Golds have moved to a space station and the Silvers underground leaving the Bronzes in society fighting for the remaining spot of protection.

Maia Graystone was born to a mother who is a Gold and a father that is a Bronze, unfortunately for Maia she became a Bronze herself and has been in hiding but now she needs to take the
Mel (Epic Reading)
Jul 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 33%

I just can't do it. I love elaborate novels. Especially fantasy ones but you have to be able to write them in a way that keeps your reader engaged and aware. If too much happens and too many info dumps are supposed to 'explain things', then readers get frustrated, bored or detached.

In addition to there being too much all at once; there is also not a single moment in this book that felt unique or it's own. A death match. Giant impact about to hit the earth. Girl whose a nobody but is 'ch
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf

I don't even know when I stopped reading but I read at least the first 15% of the book about two month ago. This book is brutal like a mixture of the Hunger Games and An Ember in the Ashes. I didn't mind it that much but then there was a bit too much chaos for me. Then for whatever reason I stopped reading, put the book away and never came back to it. I don't really know why but after two months of this book sitting on my Kindle with me having no desire to pick it back up again I'm sorry to
*❆ Kαɾҽɳ ❆*
Rating 3.5

This was a really good read. I enjoyed most of it, it was quite dark and a little gruesome at times, like it was mentioned once or twice. But it was a really good, unique story.

It's not too original, as the dystopian concepts is almost the same as "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent". Wanting to overthrow the government or upper classes, a rebellion rises, the older sibling wanting to protect the younger sibling, that sort of thing.
But... it actually works well together and able to lo
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is by far one of the best books that I have read this year. It has everything that I look for in a Science Fiction/Fantasy novel, and the most of its power lies within its groundbreaking heroine, Maia.

Audrey Grey knows how to make vibrant characters that know how to hold their own, while also throwing at them obstacles that they can't help but tackle. From the first page, I was able to become fully consumed in Grey's writing, and that is not something that I see very
Melissa Souza
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopia-ya, sci-fi
**Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in return for an honest review :)

4 stars!!!

If I had to sum up this book, I would say it is cross between the 'Hunger Games' and the 'Maze Runner' but this isn't necessarily a bad thing because it does have some unique elements of its own. The story is set in a futuristic dystopian world where people are segregated based on three colours - gold, silver and bronze. The golds are obviously very rich while the bronze are t
Esther Dalseno
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I found my mother on the Island and begged her to send me away. Instead she took me to the Emperor, who smiled when I told him what the other Chosen had done. He examined me with his sharp, blanched eyes, as if sifting through me, and I felt my world shrink to almost nothing. “I see,” he finally said. “If the toe is gangrenous, you cleave it from the foot.” After that, I waited for my mother to come for me.

But I would never see my mother again."

An edge-of-your-seat, thrilling action-adventure r
Cassie James
Thank you to Blaze Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion on it.


From the highly captivating prologue, I knew that this book will become one of my favourites. I have been excited about this book for a while because it seemed like something I'd like and I was right. I am in love with this wonderfully written awesome book. Just when I thought that I've read the best of 2016, this came along and shook my world. Shadow Fall reminde
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books

*I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*
“Sometimes, just like the truth needs to be unspoken, a lie needs to be shouted at the top of your lungs.”
Having finished this book, I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it a lot more than when I first started. As usual, when I requested it it was because the gorgeous cover and intriguing plot description drew me in but once I got s
Rating: 1/5
(I received a free copy from the publisher, Blaze Publishing, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.)
***Minor spoilers***

Maia has committed no crime except attempting to steal food so her younger brother could eat, and has been thrown in the Pit - a horrific prison where you are either predator or prey, and the best meal you could possibly get is rat. Not only that, but Maia is the daughter of a "traitor." Her father had created a bomb that could be used to get the asteroid t
Chelsies Reading Escape
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-books
Rating: 2.5 Stars

There were certain aspects of the world that werent explained as well as I would have liked. We do get a bit more insight into them later on in the nove but not enough to completely satisfy me. Just one example was not being sure how the uploading and some of the other technology worked. How do they avoid the people who have uploaded into her mind from hearing them talking about secret stuff? There was also some situations that were way too convenient, like Riser finding the exa
Darque  Dreamer
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the YA page turner you have been looking for! You will experience danger, betrayal, emotion, and murder! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Host, and The 100 you will not want to miss this one!

The Plot: Betrayed by her mother, and forced to witness her father's execution, Maia Graystone was left with the responsibility of caring for her brother Max. Caught stealing food to feed him, she is thrown in to "The Pit", forced to fight and survive with the other prisoner
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is book one in a new sci-fi/fantasy set to be released in November 2016. Look at how stunning this cover is. This book has similarities to dystopian books like The Hunger Games in that there is are class systems and fights to the death however, author Audrey Grey has infused fresh ideas and new life into this genre that had me powering through this book. The characters and the world building are vividl
Jacob Devlin
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space
This was an amazing read. The more I turned the pages, the more I fell into the rich, intricate world that was so vividly constructed by Audrey Grey. I found myself biting my nails a couple times because the suspense and the action get so thick and it's all just so immersive. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games, Pierce Brown's Red Rising, or other dystopian reads, you'll fit right into this world. However, this one stands cleanly on its own and I can't wait to read the next installment! ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dnf 47%
This books is chaotic & a badly explained mashup of events. I’m not a fan of the writing which is a shame being I’ve enjoyed other books by this same author.
Rosemarie Short
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me in exchange for a fair review. My thanks go to Audrey Grey, Blaze Publishing and Netgalley.

Oh my. Did you like the Hunger Games? The Maze Runner? Divergent? Good because Shadow Fall has glimmers of all of the above within it – plus a whole lot of original stuff too. Do you love a strong heroine in the same vein as Calaena Sardothien – part ruthless killer and part human being? Excellent, because Maia / Everley ticks that box. She even has a prince as one of her love int
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Shadow Fall is an intense, action-packed book! I am sure that comparisons will be made to other dystopian/young adult books, but trust me when I say that this one stands on its own legs. The characters are all exceedingly well thought out and written about. The places are instantly recognisable from their descriptions. As for the plot itself, well it twists and turns, throwing new action at the turn of every page. There is a hint of a love-triangle, which I'm really hoping doesn't actually come ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnfed
With so many good reviews as this book has, I almost feel bad for not being as swept up with this one as everyone else seems to be!
The narrative was exquisite, but the book as a whole didn't work for me. I didn't care for the characters, as there was only a couple of them that did stand out (Maia and the merc), and I ended up losing interest on the archetypical story of a heroine fighting to death to save herself and her brother in a series of situations provided by some higher ranks.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

Incredibly dark and disturbing read that makes you think twice about the good of humanity. While at the same time, also shows the potential for it... I love dark books and this one seriously succeeded. It is so beautifully written and imaginative, I haven't read anything else quite like it. I just hope the sequel will live up to the first because I will definitely be reading it.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dystopian fans
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C. Erani Kole
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
*received an ARC via NetGalley*

If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent, you'll like this. You might get a bit annoyed with how similar some of the more important scenes are, but it wasn't bad. I mean, can't have too much of a good thing, right?

The whole set up was really exciting. I liked the writing, though the middle lagged a bit for me, only because I was expecting the action right away. Instead we get her fighting up-climb to a set of normalcy, *before* the Trials themselves. It was pret
Nina Silva
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is a YA novel that can win a reader over to this genre.

When I read reviews of books in this genre I often note that reviewers comment on the world and social class building. I get it now. Completely. It is integral to this type of story and Audrey Grey did a marvelous job. The world of the Golds, Silvers and Bronzes is well-illustrated and helps the reader understand Maia’s place in this highly stratified society. The concept of ‘reconstruction’ is intriguing and wonde
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Source* Kindle Unlimited
*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


Shadow Fall is the first installment in author Audrey Grey's Shadow Fall trilogy. Once upon a time, Emperor Laevus created a population of genetically superior human beings to restart humanity after an asteroid named Pandora crashes to Earth in 552 days. Maia Graystone is one of them. The Chosen are supposed to take their places on the space station Hyperion orbiting the Earth. Born of a Gold mother, and a Bronze Fath
Beverly Laude
I love reading dystopian YA books, so I really tried to love this one. However, I found it to be too confusing & not interesting enough to really love it.

A bit of dystopian, a bit of YA romance, a bit of cyberpunk, a bit of sci-fi; this book seems to have an identity crisis. It took several chapters until I could figure out what might be going on. At times the book was intriguing, but at other times, I just couldn't get into it.

Also, I never really got invested in the characters. And, for me to
Kariny 'Books of Fandom'
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it

"I was a bead of blood, borne from tragedy, destined to change our dying world."

Hunger Games meets Divergent in the fresh tale mixed with Greek Mythology and Astrology!

 With the Asteroid, Pandora, on its path to destroy the Earth, the planet is in a total disarray. 

Image result for asteroid crushing earth gif

The Golds and the Silvers are safe but the Bronzes are definitely not. Maia Grayst
i fall in love book blog
This is definitely YA Dystopian at its best. Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the 1st book in the Shadow Fall series. I finished this late last night, and I am so ready for the next book.It definitely reminds me of The Hunger Games, but completely different at the same time. There are some basic similarities, but this is its own story. I’ve heard comparisons to other YA Dystopian series, but I haven’t read them, so I can’t speak for that. I will say that Shadow Fall is one of the best books I’ve re ...more
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was looking forward to this book but I was mildly disappointed. The plot itself seemed similar to a lot of other dystopian reads out there, however this was not the problem. I had trouble really getting attached or liking any of the characters as there motives throughout the book were again and again questioned. I also found that the whole transformation of Maia into Everly slightly confusing as Maia/Everly tried to figure
Ash (essentiallybooks)
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.

Shadow Fall is dark and heartbreaking. The premise behind it is clever and although parts do follow some dystopian tropes, many aspects of the book are fresh and the writing pulls you in. Maia's character felt real to me; she's far from perfect but does her best in any situation. Her struggle between being herself and what others want her to be added depth to her character. Another thing I liked about Shadow Fall is the nea
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