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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  75 reviews
The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through t
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen
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Merrie Destefano Hi! It's the first in a duology — two full-length books. I also have a free giveaway prequel short story and a free novella (from Gabe's POV)…moreHi! It's the first in a duology — two full-length books. I also have a free giveaway prequel short story and a free novella (from Gabe's POV) available on my website. 😁 www.merriedestefano.com. Thank you for asking! 💖(less)

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Carrie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Yes folks, I have returned to the science fiction once again. This time we are staying on Earth and battling the invading aliens, woohoo! Valiant by Merrie Destefano is a young adult romantic science fiction fantasy read that is extremely fast paced and action packed.

In the very near future in America (2037) we have a second great depression era going on along with a drought and energy crisis. However, Americans have obtained a bit of hope in the form of a space ship called Valiant which is set
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D.M.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Imagine your stuck on a time loop. You have one goal, to stop your brother from dying but if you knew what was going to happen would you also try and save a few others? Sara is given the chance to change history. She is visited by an alien who is again the invasion on Earth. He tells her what she needs to do but it isn’t easy. Sara wants to save the boy she has always had a crush on and her close friends. She has re-lived armageddon over and over. She has to find a way to save what’s most import ...more
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
3.5 stars

Agh I'm so not sure about my rating for this book!


Because on the one hand, the sci-fi aspect, the writing and the overall atmosphere were magnificent. I loved how we got to experience time travel, aliens and new technology in a distopian sociaty. It truly was incredible, I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. And moreover, it had so many little details that made the story seem a lot more real and deep. For instance, how people would react to the end of the world, what would happ
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Anastasia シ
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full Review on my blog!
3.5 - 4 Stars
*a copy was provided by NetGalley* 

Sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. Yes, YES, and YEsss. All things I love. But this, I liked it just enough, that it fell short of great.

Valiant is different and unique in its own way. A very quick, action packed, fast paced read. It definitely will grip you from the start. I'm excited for when it actually does come out.

Although the beginning of this book felt VERY rushed. A LOT happens in the first few pag
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MissBecka
Well that was unexpectedly fabulous!
I think the only thing that would have made this better for me would have been if Justin had been Sara's older brother instead of a love interest.
I think it would have given all the right loyalty and love needed for the group without feeling rushed or forced.
I am super disappointed that the next book isn't out until December.
Ugh.

"I really suck at this end-of-the-world crap."
Rae
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in advance. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see if there might be a sequel sometime in the future!

I blasted through this book in less than 24 hours. I have a couple of ARCS that I'm currently reading in preparation for their publishing dates in December, and I was a little nervous I wouldn't get through them in time. But
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Meigan
The Valiant was supposed to save the humans on earth, but instead, it brought about death and destruction in the form of an alien invasion. In Destefano’s version of near-future earth, humanity is on the brink of collapse thanks to various circumstances. Everyone has invested in Valiant, poor and rich alike, everyone has some sort of emotional stake in the mission that can save them and their world. The only problem is — the mission failed and now the Xua are pouring into earth, wreaking havoc, ...more
Christy
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted the next book in the series more than at the ending of Valiant!

The Valiant has taken off and - uh - the aliens have invaded. Much like the Apollo missions, the Valiant was intended to bring people together but all that was thwarted when silver-turn-smoke aliens pull an invasion of the body snatchers.

Protagonist Sara has the blessing of knowledge, now in charge of saving the world. But first, she has to save her brother, because saving her brother means saving the w
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Carien
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, scifi
You can bet I pre-ordered this book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. Then I was offered an Advance Reader Copy, and I just couldn't say no to the chance to read it early.

The book begins with a prologue to explain the situation and what is at stake: After the launch of the Valiant aliens attack earth and for some reason they're particularly interested in Sara's brother Gabe. Only minutes into the invasion he is killed. Then Sara meets an alien who sends her back in time and tells her
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Smart Bookaholics Inc Bookstore
I love end of the world books! This was a great read that I will pass down to friends! Thank you netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review!
Olivia
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Valiant" is a fast-paced, YA sci-fi/thriller. Set in the future, during the second great depression, Earth has just launched a shuttle called Valiant to go to Titan and mine for resources. Immediately after the shuttle launches, the Earth is attacked by aliens known as Xua. The Xua can turn into smoke and inhabit human bodies, controlling them in a zombie-like state before killing the host. They inhabit and take over humans across the planet in one night, killing so many people.

Sara is a teenag
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi, 1-star
Thank you to netgalley and Entangled Teen for the review copy in exchange for an honest review

A book with a gorgeous cover and an interesting plot where we need to save one person that will save us all. I love those kinds of plots. Unfortunately I did not get a whole lot more from this book than this. I rarely rate books 1 star, and it feels harsh, but I didn’t enjoy any part of this book and I would be lying if I did. I only finished this as it is an arc and it was only 160 pages on my ereader
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Misty
Alright, the reviews on this so far are pretty positive, so maybe I'll be in the minority when I say: no. god no. sweet baby jesus, no.
Anyway, my review of this is ehhhh...rantish, rant-adjacent, and >will be up closer to the release, but some spoilers for it are in >this recent DNF video.
Jane
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this advance copy from the author through Netgalley.
Merrie Destefano has produced yet another galloping, heart stopping adventure.
Most of the world is excited about the space mission to Titan. It is supposed to save the world – but Sara knows better. She knows the launch of the Valiant triggers an alien invasion that destroys life on earth. She knows because she’s been fighting this invasion over and over and over again, and every time her brother dies, her life is reset to this day t
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Alaina
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Valiant was a pretty interesting book to dive into. It could've had more world building but since it gave me so much action and it was pretty fast paced - I overlooked it. In this book, you will see aliens (Xua) invading earth countless times. Now if this sort of sounds like something you've read or watched before.. it probably does. For example, Heroes or The Host. However, it also adds some time travel into it.

Besides all of
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Jenn
Alien invasion + time travel = something I would definitely read.

Valiant tells the story of 17-year old Sara who is given the task of pretty much saving the world. When her world is invaded by killer aliens, someone from the future whisks her through time and gives her one task - save her little brother. It was very Heroesesque, "Save the cheerleader, save the world". Anyway, Sara soon finds that it's not as easy as she thinks and this time jump may be her last.

I really enjoyed this cast of char
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Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the advanced copy for review!!*

Quite honestly, Valiant is one of the most intriguing and fast paced science fiction books I have read in a long time. Don't get me wrong I have read books that have had me feeling like I was a part of that world but Valiant had a different feel. From page one Valiant takes off and doesn't slow down for a moment. Valiant was a page turner that had me flying through t
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Dee/ bookworm
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
#Valiant #NetGalley

publisher synopsis: The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.
Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason
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Becca
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I received a free copy from Entangled Teen for my honest review.

This book was a fast-paced, sci-fi adventure! Every chapter ended with raised stakes or a new mystery, so it held my attention all the way through. I actually finished it in one day. :)

Some favorite things about the book:

-I enjoy reading YA books that have a positive sibling relationship and I thought it was really sweet that Sara would have been protective of her brother Gabe even if the fate of the world didn't hang on his fate.

-T
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Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars ⭐ Take a really deep breath before you dive into this book because there’s non-stop action, adventure and excitement from page one! Valiant is a gripping and original YA sci-fi novel about an alien invasion, time travel, unlikely heroes and friendship. I could not put this book down and didn’t want it end (maybe I could travel back in time to read again for the first time!?!)
I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel. Until then I’m keeping my mouth closed and staying Valiant! ✌
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Logan Keys
Dec 18, 2018 is currently reading it
reading and loving this right now!
Katherine Paschal
** Review can be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **
Sara and her friends are just as excited as the rest of the world's population to see the Valiant space ship launch since it gives them hope for a better future. But when it launches, the alien invasion will begin which will wipe out almost everyone. But Sara already knows that, because she has lived this over and over again. With the help of a rebel alien, she has traveled through time to attempt to stop the death of the one pers
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Lenore Kosinski
https://celebrityreaders.com/2018/12/...

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

3 stars — OK, I know this is going to sound childish, but I’m not a fan of not knowing ahead of time if a book is going to be the first of a series or a standalone. Does it matter in the end? I suppose not. But I find if I think it’s a standalone (as I had with this one), as I get closer and closer to the end, I begin to panic wondering how it’s all going to get
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Teenreadsdotcom
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite honestly, VALIANT is one of the most intriguing and fast-paced science fiction books I have read in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I have read books that have had me feeling like I was a part of that world but VALIANT had a different feel. From page one VALIANT takes off and doesn't slow down for a moment. VALIANT was a page turner that had me flying through the pages with my heart pounding to find out what was going to happen next.

I liked Sara's character a lot, as she was smart and ins
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Lacy
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Do you know what Valiant would be great as? A DCOM. But not the current ones. I mean like back when they made movies such as Zenon, Stepsister From Planet Weird, and Jett Jackson.

Valiant was an okay read. I felt it lacked in world building. While the story felt futuristic, I didn't really get a read on the era. And I think it tried to do too much. Was it about aliens (who reminded me of The Host)? Was it about time travel? Heroes (as in the tv show)? Or was it a romance? Also why was the Valian
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Sarah
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fast read, science-fiction/mystery/thriller. This was a good one if you enjoy adventure. I am a fan of Destefano and was happy to read this arc. Good action but would have liked a little more romance. Will be the kind of book my students who enjoy a science fiction read will enjoy. Than you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
Solange Santorini
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book knowing it was a stand-alone story. Unfortunately, it seems to have a sequel. Or i must say, it SHOULD have a sequel... Because if there's none, i'd be totally pissed!

Love the characters, the plot (with a twist), the love between Sara and Justin, and everything else...

I'm really hoping there's a part two of this book. Thanks!
Tammy
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the sci-fi of this one. Romance was very slight. Lots of action. Open ended for next book. Sara was a great main character. Not too perfect and not whiny. Some twists in this one. Can't wait for next book.
Cindy Wilson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this edge-of-your seat and end-of-the world adventure! With romance, aliens, and high-intensity battles, this sci-fi story delivers a punch.
Kelly
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

It is 2037 and the world has changed a bit. We have a second depression going on, we have had government programs in which so called genetics were bred for war and we are launching a space ship called Valiant on a space mining mission to a planet called Titan. As soon as Valiant is launched we are in trouble; Earth is invaded by an alien race called the Xua and they are here to kill and destroy. Our main character Sara is the one person who can
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