The Breaking Light
In a stratified society where contact with the sun is a luxury reserved for the elite, those kept prisoner in the darkness will do anything to find the light. Arden—beautiful, street-smart, and cynical—is one of the citizens of the lowest Level, known as Undercity, of an off-world colony. A blackout band traps Arden in her district, but as sister to the leader of the most...more
Author Heather Hansen's book is not that bad in terms of pace and plotting...hence the rating of three, but I had to wonder one thing while reading. If Romeo & Juliet wasn't written, would this fic exist?
Also, here's a quick quibble. In the Acknowledgments section, Hansen goes on (and on) to thank a lot of people who helped along the way when it ...more
Kindle First letdown. This book would have been greatly improved with an ending involving the untimely deaths of the two main characters who are in love with each other for absolutely no reason at all. Even murdering family members doesn't come between them! But it does open with the supposed badass female being unable to think about anything other than how hot the man cutting her throat is, so I guess that's fine. Written like Fifty Shades (which I couldn't even get through), but wit ...more
But that's not even the worst part of it. If it was a good space romance, I'd be cool with that. It's not. It ...more
The story grabbed me immediately, and I often found the central theme/plot very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet without it being a blatant echo of Shakespeare. I also loved the way that the setting is another world but one that may o ...more
The book barely fits in the science fiction genre. The author has created a world in the future ...more
This would have been better if not for the insta-love. I did enjoy the action and thought it was fairly well written but I didn't feel the sparks between the main characters at all and I didn't think they had enough time spent together to actually develop feelings for one another.
I also thought there was a significant lack of details regarding the way the citizens actually lived, although I did enjoy the desperate gritty feel to the under levels.
This was at 33% and exactly when I quit.
“What is it that you do want, Dade? I’ve been trying to figure that out since I met you.” “I want you,” he said. Her heart started beating erratically. The air left her chest. Still, she denied it. “You’ve only just met me.”
Side note: he just met her that day and had spent a total of approximately 10 minutes together.
I absolutely adore the world the author is building and the role reversal of Romeo + Juliet, the depth of the characters and the intricate world she's created is fascinating.
I feel for a first book, this is a really great stepping stone into a fascinating world. I'm intrigued and interested to see where the characters go from here.
I've seen quite a few reviews of disappointment as it's being labeled as Sci ...more
This is a spin off of Romeo and Juliet with more teen angst and whining.
If you want science fiction this story is not for you. Set on another planet the author could not even bother to name. This is a dystopian teen pile of vomit where people have enough technology for plasma weapons but not enough to make a UV light to prevent most from dying of some strange mix of vitamin d or c deficiency. Spend ten minutes on the net looking at vitamins and the diseases ...more
First off: insta-love. Seriously? Get a grip. This book has an interesting plot idea and if that was more explored the outcome would have been better. Instead we are constantly given the "I shouldn't be thinking about him but I am going to anyway" or "This can never work but what if it can." Arden is supposed to be this kick-ass heroine but instead we are given a damsel who is simply ...more
The plot is well thought out and engaging. It certainly cannot be overlooked that Arden is a strong female lead who isn't left doe-eyed with a loss of brain activity upon first encountering Dade. Sh ...more
The beginning set an odd tone, our heroine has a knife to her throat but she's high-ranking-seedy-gang and knows she can take care of herself, but instead of concentrating on her attackers weak points or imagining the various ways to break his hold and take his knife she's waxing poetic about his lips? If you pretend this first introduction happened a different way and roll with the Romeo and Juliet vib ...more
However, I think the "romance" could have been played down a bit in the book. It took over too much of the storyline, wasn't really that believable to me, and made me not care about the characters.
I felt like the story was more just the romance and nothing else, which is a shame because there was more to explore.
I wanted to like it. The romance dragged everything down. The premise was super awesome, a planet where only the rich could get sunlight and vitamins for it but then teenage romance was cringe worthy. Wouldn't recommend. Won't read the second.
The Breaking Light is a gender-swapped futuristic take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Upon going into the novel, I had no idea it was a retelling, so I was super confused as to why the characters claimed to have some sort of “attachment” so soon. But as the story went on, the ...more
This reader is very pleased to say that Heather Hansen develops a world that is quite different than the dystopia books which are made into movies,Hunger Games and Divergent. The plot still involves the oppressed rebelling against the affluent with a running romance throughout.
Hansen mas ...more
After falling into a lull of good or even decent stories to read, I tripped into this well written book. The first chapter had me and I became more vested as I read. Well developed characters paired with an interesting world let me devour this book in two days. Dynamic and action packed, I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read. The only disappointment? Cliffhanger at the end. Excited to read the next one.