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When Planets Fall

(Stars Fall Circle #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published May 10th 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing
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Abby Reed There is a subplot romance between the main characters, but it does not take over the book. Think slow-burn over something hot and heavy :) Hope this …moreThere is a subplot romance between the main characters, but it does not take over the book. Think slow-burn over something hot and heavy :) Hope this helps!(less)

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True Rating 4.5 stars!

I devoured When Planets Fall! This was such a good science fiction series starter. It had just the right elements of futuristic technology, alien lifeforms, space travel, and the underdog losing it all in order to gain everything. I just loved this story! There was even a little bite of romance but it is short lived. This story was a nice platform to build up the next book because I absolutely want to continue reading. This was a debut novel and I think the author did a fan
Cecily Wolfe
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent world-building and realistic representation of disabilities make this a stand-out sci fi keeper. The alternating points of view and depth of characterization kept me enthralled and excited about the next installment of this compelling story. A must read for sci-fi fans of any age.
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

Full Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via YA Bound Book Tours. This has not influenced my review.*

One of the main reasons I was interested in this book was because it's a sci-fi book with disability rep, and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed in that regard. Breaker had lost his entire leg when he was younger, and even though he had a really good prosthetic that had a knee joint and everything, it wasn't so perfect that it was like a real leg. He still had struggles with it
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
3.5 Stars

WHEN PLANETS FALL was a very unique SciFi story set on a planet where humans exist alongside two other races, all three possessing different colors of blood and some different characteristics. Strong world-building and interesting characters whose points of view are alternately told easily draw in the reader. An overall entertaining read for SciFi readers.

What I liked:
- I liked the blunt voice of Breaker and how his mind worked much of the time. He's interesting, quite talented, and ha
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sci-fi novels are tricky, especially when they take place on another planet. The author doesn’t just have to work out a plot and realistic characters. They have to create an entire universe within those pages, a whole world with rules on how it all works. And if the rules don’t make sense, the story will begin to unravel and a reader won’t be willing to believe.

Thankfully, Abby Reed has pulled it off. I was more than willing to follow her into this story, right from page one, and I am going to b
Brooke Banks
Heads Up: Sci-Fi Racism, Rape, Torture, Warmongering, Scientific Experiments, Death, Dismemberment,

--LOVE the disablity rep! Luka has chronic migraines, Breaker is a leg Amputee with PTSD, and ----Malani has PTSD as well as extra appendages,
--The scenes dealing with panic attacks and flashbacks and nightmares were so fucking sweet!!
--The scenes between Breaker and Melani coping with and talking about their mental and physical issues were my favorite scenes.
--It takes about sex with a disability
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was hard for me to rate.
It was a slow start and took me a while to get into it, but by the end - I was loving where the story was going!
She had her own words for things - which was very distracting and highly annoying to me. (I felt like it took away from the story and distracted me - trying to figure out what she was calling a day or a month, etc.) Plus, the different words for curse words. I know this is popular for some of the Sci Fi shows I've loved in the past, but - eh - wasn't a
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of When Plants Fall in exchange for an honest review. When Planets Fall by Abby Reed is based on three combative communities, one of which is human, that exist on the planet Scarlatti. Breaker, the hero, is a human amputee who had lost his leg in an earlier conflict with the warlike Huron. When the story commences, Breaker is an adolescent who is steadfast, persistent, and loyal to a fault. Melani, the heroine, is a conflicted character, strong, yet vulnerable at times. Al ...more
I received a digital arc in exchange for an honest review.

Instead of a traditional review, I am going to break it down into an interview with myself as a reader.

Favourite quote:
“I could tell by the way he clenched his fists and grasped for his mini handles he needed some one-on-one time with an inert tree trunk.”

What age group would I recommend this to?
I would definitely class this as upper YA. Although there is no mature content and swear words have been replaced (see below), there is a lot
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was initially drawn to When Planets Fall because the three characters from whose perspectives the story is told all have some sort of disability that sets them apart from others in the novel. Breaker has a prosthetic leg, named Circuit, which causes him back pain where the harness rests and pain where Circuit rubs against the remaining portion of his leg. The prosthetic impacts his mobility, but he does not feel comfortable without it, so he deals with the pain. Malani not only has metal wings ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.

I'm going to start off by asking if you've read DARK EDEN by Chris Beckett. If so, and you liked it, then this would be a promising book for you to read. If you read that one and didn't like it, you may not like this one either.


Why am I starting with this comparison? Because this book reminded me of DARK EDEN in a lot of ways. You have humans on a planet the
Drew Conger
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book -- all opinions are my own.

When I first picked up When Planets Fall, I did not expect to love it as much as I did when I turned the last page. I fell in love with this world, with these characters. I fell in love with the writing style, the words, the images they painted in my head, and the emotions they painted in my heart.

I fell in love with Breaker, and his prosthetic named Circuit, and his cleaning robot named Botty. I
When Planets Fall is the first book in a space saga that starts on the planet of Scarlatti. There are three races that live here, and they all seem to be in constant conflict and live in communities that resemble war compounds or complexes. There's a really fun cast of characters, and they all have a bit of a surprise hidden around the corner of their personalities.

There are a lot of things going on in this book, and it sets up the series for some really interesting adventures. We have a three-w
Fay Tannerr
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved When Planets Fall. It was amazing, fun, heart-wrenching and did I mention amazing?

When Planets Fall takes place on the planet Scarlatti where there are three different tribes with different blood colors; red, blue and green that are at war with each other. Breaker is a red-blood that gets caught in between when he discovers an abandoned starship.

It had a great well written plot filled with action, surprises, some romance and twist and turns even till the very last page!

There were some r
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for sending me a free copy of the book - all opinions are my own.

When Planets Fall is built around a very intriguing premise: the color of your blood determines your caste in society. It starts with a bang, featuring Breaker and his leg and his younger brother. It felt like I was tossed right into the middle of the story, and it was fun trying to connect all the dots as I immersed myself into this world. There were a lot of unique and bold characters in the
Cyrene Olson
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uncaged Review: A nicely written SciFi with originality and nice world building. I was drawn into the world easily enough, being a long time reader of SciFi. The plot is one of those slow burners, which slowly ramps up the tension. The characters are well meshed, although my one complaint on them is I couldn’t really picture them in my mind right away. Normally, for me to connect with a character, I need to have my own personal visualization – and even though they each had a pretty distinct voic ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC in exchanged for honest review. thank you Hidden Gems Book :)

this book has a story about humans live on a planet named Scarletti which was divided by bloods. the humans or the Red Blood lives among the war between the Blue Blood called The Elik and The Green Blood or The Herons,but somehow the Red Bloods entered their war then. I think this book didn't disappointed me at all, it's fast paced and action packed, a heart-wrenching, there's a slow burn romance and also there's mu
Trey King
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent storytelling of an excellent story.

Although the introduction of new words (dia=day) and other such things are a bit distracting at first the story really draws you into the characters and keeps you there. I loved the characters and their flaws and how they lived with them while getting along with each other. The plot was rich with storylines that make you wonder what's next while some of them are expected others come as a pleasant shock and make for a good read.
I never review books as
Kay Moody
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just finished yet another YA sci-fi book! Apparently, I'm on a sci-fi kick right now. This book had so many twists and turns that I did not expect. I was sad that a certain someone did not end up with the main characters at the end *sniff* buuuuut, I am way excited to see what kind of trouble this crew gets into in the next book.

My favorite part about this book was the Elik's mystery "treasure." I don't want to give anything away, but when I learned more about this treasure and got to see it i
L. Nahay
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Would have given more stars. ..

It's a very well crafted, well thought out world in someone else's galaxy. You like the flawed characters, the setting, you have no idea where it's heading, and you don't stop reading. Really. I would love to have given it more stars, but it's in bad need of editing. Lots of grammatical errors and half-finished sentences. That being forewarned, and as it's on Unlimited, I wouldn't warn anyone away.
John Clark
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting premise in terms of the three races inhabiting the planet and how they interact. I liked the plot and liked the main characters very well. This is a good read for teens and adults who like science fiction with plenty of action and some distinctly evil characters. There's a hint of possibility for more about these characters at the end and I'd be happy if that were the case. ...more
Amber R. Duell
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Planets Fall has a cast of amazing characters! Each point-of-view is distinct and well-rounded. The world-building is absolutely outstanding, brimming with intricately woven details. A must read for any SciFi fan!
InD'tale Magazine
"When Planets Fall" is a fast-paced, well-crafted and intriguing narrative.

Read full review in the 2017 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Elsie Elmore
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WHEN PLANETS FALL offers a great mix of sci-fi adventure and drama on a planet cloaked in red. Reed’s twisty plot lines, diverse characters, well-crafted world, and creativity make WPF a great read!
Jessica Julien
Not what I expected

I was really excited for this book but it fell short of expectations. It felt slow and I didnt connect with the characters. Just meh.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved every part of this book!!!!! It was such a fun read I had trouble putting it down!❤❤
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I struggle to finish this book. I feel like it’s a very slow burn. I did like the ending and the possibility of a prequel or sequel to further develop the characters
T.H. Hernandez
4-1/2 stars. WHEN PLANETS FALL is unlike any other book I've read. Mixing equal parts science fiction, dystopian, and romantic elements, it weaves a tale of complex characters in an even more complex world. Told from three different first-person points-of-view, I initially thought it was one POV too many, but about halfway in, it becomes apparent that third POV is necessary for the story the author wants to tell. Breaker is a fix-it guy, able to make just about anything with the parts at hand. M ...more
Kester Nucum
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC of this book in exchange for a review. This will not affect it in any way.

Overall Thoughts: I was so excited when I was able to get an e-ARC of When Planets Fall. It definitely did not disappoint. The book is a great start to the author’s upcoming Stars Fall Circle trilogy. I’m now left wanting more! Honestly, this book is a 3.5, but because I’m so nice I’ll round it up to a 4. I definitely t
Abby Reed
Feb 27, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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"In this richly imagined start to a new sci-fi series, Reed brings optimism to the goal of solving entrenched violence in a galaxy far, far away . . . A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war." -Kirkus Reviews! ...more
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Abby J. Reed writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, When Planets Fall, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hand

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