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We Lost the Sky (Moonless, #1)

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In the distant future when Tuscany is a desolate wasteland ruled by the forces of nature, Renn is abandoned by his fellow wanderers. As a dust storm approaches, he struggles to find shelter in the ruins of an ancient city. But he gets more than he has bargained for when he accidentally awakens a dormant creature which resembles the maddened Moon servants from his people’s ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by SPACEBOY BOOKS
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I have a weakness for post apocalyptic stories so when I got the chance to read Marie Howalt’s We Lost the Sky I knew I just had to read it, and I was so excited to begin. And I really wasn’t disappointed.

In We Lost the Sky the moon is gone, and with it we lost the world as we know it. Parts of the lost civilisation still remains, but only as ruins or technology that most humans no lo
Kathy Joy
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carefully paced and breathtakingly beautiful, We Lost the Sky is a post-apocalyptic tale which defies expectation in all the right places and will leave you feeling changed in ways you can’t explain.

The world is exquisitely crafted with a haunting but magnificent sense of isolation, which in turn makes the perfect backdrop for the characters’ determined fight for survival.

Each character is masterfully put together. Renn is the ‘lone wolf’ yet he is not unapproachable to either the reader or the
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the characters and how they slowly unravel during the read. I love the world which is not typical sci-fi world but something in between realistic and apocalyptic. I love the lore behind the world which is familiar so it feels like I could just travel there and wait but still so different that it's a whole another story told here.
It's brilliant in a way too that you can decide how light of a read it is. The story is good even as light read but the deeper one thinks the more it does reveal
Eva Therese
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Postapocalyptic fiction dealing with life five centuries after a world-ending cataclysm. Having the catastrophe not be about climate change or anything manmade is a bold choice in these days, but it frees up space because the story then doesn't have to be about whose fault it was, only how people are dealing with it.
And people are people, even five hundred years later. The cataclysm has become myths and legends. Advanced technology has become alien and therefore feared. People in the domed city
Lady Amanda
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
We Lost the Sky was a wonderfully calm (for a post apocalyptic tale), curiously adventurous, and delightfully interesting. I applaud the pacing of the book, I felt like every event was placed at just the right time, and the characters met up at equal intervals along the plot. I absolutely adored how it was put together.

All of the characters were delightful, and the way that they all came together was great! I loved how Mender and Renn found each other right off the bat. I loved how Marie Howalt
J.A. Waters
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I think fixing the mess I made is the best remedy,” Luca mumbled.
“I’m afraid there will be none of that,” she retorted.
-Luca and Nanny

Luca is a teenager from the futuristic past, before the sky fell, but being a young man out of time does nothing to dampen his spirits. Teo is a young woman that anticipates a future with good friends and technological advances, but first she must face her father and the city he controls. Renn wanders a wasteland that used to be the Italian countryside, and all h
Alysha Voigt
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was captivated by the premise of this one. In the not too distant future, humans have developed sentient robotic beings for specific purposes such as nursing or protection. When an asteroid destroys the moon, and the earth rapidly becomes a dusty wasteland, some people are wealthy enough to freeze themselves, protected by their sentient servants for a few centuries until it's safe to reanimate. Some people are able to survive the blast, and they slowly rebuild civilization, generation by gener ...more
***I received this book from Voracious Reader in exchange for a review***

I really enjoyed this! The author has created a world and characters that I ended up caring about a lot. It's a post-apocalyptic tale, but one that somehow feels more hopeful than most, even though the world so far as we know is only Florence and the surrounding area. I liked it that for a change the apocalypse wasn't our fault, and that the survivors were not a bunch of monsters. No hordes of bandits raging across the barr
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

I was sent this book earlier this year in exchange for a review and finally after much time I have finished it!

I really enjoyed reading every character’s different perspectives and the writing style was easy to follow and enjoyable. Each character had their own distinct mindsets that weren’t confusing or blending together; my personal favourites were Renn and Luca!

The setting was easily described and not too complex and I always enjoy that in a book, to me it’s important to get a setting
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Howalt tackles the aftermath of a devastating apocalyptic event marvelously in this debut work of genius.

A meteor strike on the moon has devasted Earth and the world is not even an echo of its original self. In this landscape, a teenager from the lost civilization, a young woman from the protected city of Florence, a vagrant trying to reunite with his group, and a sentinel, an artificial intelligence in a human body meet and set on a journey to find a purpose in a lost world. T

he story is told
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is obviously an early book for this author but is a thoroughly enjoyable start! It looks like the first in a series, which is very pleasing, with several little trickles of character stories I would love to hear more about. We take technology for granted and assume it will continue to advance - the story around the loss of technology and the regression of society is also interesting. How did this happen and how is it going to progress with the new settlement in Sienna? Will they be able to ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This story is a decent paced read. It is compelling and keeps you interested enough to keep you going. The story follows 4 main characters as they go about their journey. In the end their stories become entwined.

The author created interesting characters with unique personalities. My favorite was Mender, a sentient robot whose primary goal is to care for humans. The world is also an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic Italy after the moon breaks up.

Some things that may bother readers is the
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a different take on the post-apocalyptic story. Survivors that have survived the end of civilization have lost the use of, or shunned the robotic technology from before. They eke out a harsh existence hunting through the ruined terrain seeking anything useful to survive. One nomad falls through a rotten floor to be found by a terrifying “Other”. In a bunker not too far away, a young man has woken up in cryosleep alone but for his Sentients. His family’s cryo chambers having fa ...more
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book follows various characters in a post-apocalyptic Italy. The story was mainly positive and light-hearted, in spite of the post-apocalyptic setting.

I enjoyed the story, and liked the characters, although I didn't quite connect with any of them. I would have liked to get more emotionally involved with them, but overall I had a good time reading this book and I would definitely like to read more about the characters and this world.
Janet Oosthuysen
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Got a copy from Voracious readers in return for writing an honest review.
This is honest- I loved it! read it in a single sitting. Marie has a real sense of character, and a compelling narrative. The different story arcs were woven together dexterously.
There were many different aspects of a future world that were really uinteresting. No spoilers but I loved the treatment of AI.
Lise Schou
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At first, I couldn't get into this book. I was confused and didn't feel like it had caught my attention.
However, I'm really glad I'm continued to read it because I soon got the hang of the plot and the world.
Marie has written a really solid story with some lovable and relatable characters.
I look forward to reading Seeking Shelter soon.
Barbara Elliott
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unlike other books this author has a fresh new adventure to take you on. The characters clearly defined and personable, the setting original and detailed, the time lines crossed made a definitive addition but didn't dominate the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will seek out this author again. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining. Plot a bit basic but good pace and very good characters that keep you interested. Sentient robot specialized in aged care home work interacting with mix of post global disaster characters was well done. Characters mostly young adult so a bit lacking in depth but ok for this story and some thought provoking stuff to keep the mind working.
Sherri Geisler Locke
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Told from multiple points of view, we have a cast of characters from all walks of life. Well life as it is in an apocalyptic future in Tuscany. Blending human and cyborg, and all forms of belief. Mirroring a lot of what we already experience with prejudice and faulty beliefs and some not so faulty beliefs too. Some kindness and understanding, some deception. A pretty enjoyable read.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, e-books, own, sci-fi
Ordblindhed + engelsk + stress = meget kombination🤷‍♀️

Bogen fortjener en genlæse i 2020!
Jeg fik nogle gode indblik i historien
Personer er var
Verden vi befandt os i Amazing
Men på en eller anden måde fangede jeg ikke hele historien :/
Havde glædet mig, men vi prøver igen i 2020!
Opgiver ikke bogen endnu!?
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The introduction to the Moonless series though it works just as well as a stand alone book. We're introduced to the survivors of the moon crashing into Earth and how the world has changed or in some cases stayed the same. ...more
Natasja | natasjalovesbooks
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gifted
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the setting and felt that Howalt had a strong sense of world-building. I liked the characters but felt a slight disconnect from them, mainly because their stories were told and not shown. The language was good though, the ending was cute, and overall I liked it.

Full review is up on my blog.
Lisa Risager
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like this book, the characters, the language, the stories, but I want to know what happens next!
Angus Woodward
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this to find out how we'll all be living in the future! ...more
Kerry Forrester
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Can’t wait for the next one if there is one.
Mass Mortensen
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Science Fiction at its best!
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am so glad that I chose this book to review, even if it left me sleep-deprived during work from getting caught up reading it in an evening.

The characters were all different and all utterly captivating, having chapters from the perspective of each was enjoyable as they all view events in a somewhat different light. The relationships between the characters, differing views and unlikely friendships were lovely to see evolve.

Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty timely to have a book about future societies living in collapsing bubble-cities to escape worldwide catastrophe, isn't it? Regardless, We Lost The Sky is more than just a commentary on current events. It's a fully-realized world with vibrant, well-drawn characters whose voices are all unique. Remember in Chuck Palahniuk's 'Haunted' how there was an entire writing camp full of people who all sounded just like the author? That doesn't happen here.

Marie Howalt explores the world from several
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Marie Howalt was born and raised in a small North European kingdom called Denmark and started writing stories at the age of 11 after sucking the local library dry of science fiction and fantasy.
After graduating from the University of Copenhagen with a master’s degree in English studies and religion, Marie worked as a translator between English and Danish for years before sustaining an injury that

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