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In a world broken by war, a team of young warriors is willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sen
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Roaring Brook Press
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    Anu Depends on how mature you are, but it's YA, so it's 13+ :))…moreDepends on how mature you are, but it's YA, so it's 13+ :))(less)
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    I've thought about it and I've had to lower my rating. The review will explain why.

    The first thing to know is that this book is nothing new. Then again, most books, especially in the YA genre, are all fairly similar in structure. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I kept waiting for this book to surprise me, and it never quite managed that. I could tell from the opening chapter how things were going to generally play out. The inciting incident especially is extremely basic and predictable
    Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    i just gonna say it - this is the best book ML has written.

    you should also know this story doesnt add anything new to the genre. everything is convenient, teenagers are unsurprisingly the most useful people in society, and it follows the usual formulaic structure for the genre. however, if you like any of the following, you need to pick this book up:

    - found families
    - mind connection/telepathy
    - a brooding, mysterious love interest
    - covert missions
    - wings (take that as you will)
    - fighting for fre
    Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    DNF @ 50%
    I’m super sad I just couldn’t bring myself to see this through. I don’t know why it didn’t work for me, it wasn’t bad, but I just couldn’t get into it. It was interesting, but nothing special I guess. It just felt like there was something missing and I kept waiting to start loving it but I just came to a point where I didn’t want to pick it up, which to me means it’s time to DNF. Sad I didn’t like this one. To be fair I don’t really like zombies and this story is kind of zombie-esque, a
    Maryam Rz.
    Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: fans of young adult dystopia
    Hello everyone, welcome to my Ted Talk. Today, I shall tell you about chemistry. *rolls up sleeves*

    Conquering people is easy. You break past their defenses, seize their cities, burn their world to the ground. To annihilate us, though, is impossible. A seed will survive.

    Just to be clear, I’m not referring to the scientific discipline—I mean the chemistry between people which, despite popular belief, is not solely sexual. The people you enjoy spending time with, the people you simply get along
    Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I wish Lu wrote my textbooks since I can't seem to get enough of her books. ...more
    Miranda Reads
    Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.75 stars

    Just released my Top 10 Books from 2020 BookTube Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
    The Written Review
    Mara is the last of the free nations and the Karensa Federation is closing in.

    The Karensa have their most potent weapon, Ghosts, and with Mara already bloodied by the years-long war...the soldiers are closing in.

    Ghosts used to be humans but through a cruel twist of fate and "science", the Karensas have altered and twisted the hum
    Sabaa Tahir
    Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is fantastic. You should read it immediately. Talin is a wonderfully real YA character, flawed and difficult and sympathetic and fantastic. Marie's writing is at times spare, at times lush, and always beautiful. My fave YA book of 2020. ...more
    Alexandra Elend Wolf
    Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: dystopia, 2020, fantasy, sci-fi
    3.75 stars.

    “I feel like the phantom that I’ve trained all my life to become – a Ghost killer, a weapon of destruction, an invisible outsider in every way.”

    This was a complicated book to get through. I'm not just saying that because it took me a long time to read it but because, for one, it left my feelings in a jumble that has taken me a little while to untangle and, second, because it deals with difficult themes that opened me raw and that took a lot out of me mentally speaking.

    Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2020, ya, science-fiction
    3.5 stars

    I have yet to read a Marie Lu book that I don’t like and this was no exception. Many authors publish a hit trilogy or two and fail to deliver the same quality books afterward. Lu isn’t one of them. Although Warcross (I haven’t read the sequel nor will) and Skyhunter aren’t as good as Legend and the Young Elites, they are still engaging and that’s coming from someone who hasn’t been enjoying YA lately.

    Skyhunter is the story of Talin a refugee in the nation of Mara after the Karensa Feder
    Lists this book is found in: Best Books I read in March 2021

    ~ 4.5 stars ~

    💜Buddy read with Maddie and Phoenix!💜
    “You have taken advantage of my silence in every way, robbed me of my dignity and my pride. You have used me for your own gain. Now, in your hour of greatest need, you will use me again. And yet, I will still risk my life to save yours. I swore and oath to this country on the day I donned this coat, to protect you and every other citizen from harm so long as there is breath in my
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    3.5 Stars ⭐️. It was pretty good! I enjoyed the audio from the library as well.

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
    The Burning Rose (Jess)
    Jun 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I don't know, I'll just worship this cover quietly. ...more
    Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Marie Lu is so good at what she does.
    Apart from this, I have only read the Legend trilogy by her- but Skyhunter was definitely a step up. She takes the structure and tropes of YA fantasy, but somehow makes it feel refreshed and new. Something about her writing makes me nostalgic for early 2010's fantasy/dystopian, and it has a compulsively readable quality to it.

    Skyhunter is a blend of futuristic sci-fi, post-apocolyptic and fantasy all in one. We follow Talin, a refugee working as a 'striker'
    Paige ♠
    It's rare that I give a five star review when there's practically no romance but this book really surprised me!

    THE BEGINNING was so good and captivating - I think this may have been one of the best intros I've read in a while. There was a little bit of a lull in the story at the 25% mark but it picked up again halfway through and I couldn't put it down!

    THE OVERALL WORLD BUILDING was well done and by the end I felt like I had a good understanding of both the Karesa Foundation and Mara. Both w
    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
    All of the fun of the sword and laser 1950s sci-fi, with none of the internalized racism and misogyny of the 1950s sci-fi. In other words, a win-win.
    Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2021
    I love you Marie Lu

    Edit: I just pre-ordered this book and im sooooooooooo exiteeeeeeeeed

    I’m so trash for Marie Lu so at this point I’ll read anything she writes
    ☆ Mira ✷
    Oct 13, 2018 marked it as tbr-good-authors
    a new Marie Lu sci fi-fantasy series releasing in fall 2020 okay so I want the bookgod to tell me EVERYTHING??
    BookDuck | Maddie (Inking & Thinking)
    ⭐️ 4 Stars ⭐️

    I have read almost all of Marie Lu's books but I have to say this is her best-written book as of right now. From the worldbuilding, characters, plot, writing and hard-hitting themes, this book grabbed my attention and did not let go.

    The worldbuilding in this book was so incredible. The amount of detail put into this world makes it feel even more real. This book is set in Mara, the last free nation. All of the other nations were destroyed by the Federation. The Federation has its si
    lily ☁️
    — 3 1/2 stars

    All I know is that I need the second book, now.


    Time to find out whether or not I can still call Marie Lu one of my favorite authors.

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    Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    this book is so cool. this cover is so cool. everything about this book is so cool.

    I loved Skyhunter. Is it my all-time favorite Marie Lu book ever? No. But does it live up to the Marie Lu name? Yes. Yes, it does, 100%

    First of all, everyone is sleeping on Skyhunter. I know that this was released only in Septemeber, but it needs more hype, just as much as her other series get (though all her other series are top-tier, so....)

    Skyhunter has such a different vibe from the other Dystopian/Sci-Fi book
    andrea ✨

    no one does it like marie lu, literally no one.

    this book made me feel ALL THE THINGS. the plot, the plot twists, the characters, the relationships, the intensity, everything was amazing. this book was fast paced, action packed, suspenseful and it had me losing the “just one more chapter” game miserably. this book, once again, embodies everything that i love and admire about marie lu and the reason why she is my favourite author of all time.

    Angela Staudt
    Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you BookishFirst and FierceReads for a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

    Marie Lu has never disappointed me with any of her books and Skyhunter actually went above my expectations. I loved every single thing about this book, the world building was phenomenal as were the characters. It is sci-fi fantasy, but also post-apocalyptic and it was just incredible. I don’t know how Lu does it, but her writing is so beautiful and unique. Even though this reads like a dystopian novel, it
    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
    Uhm.... so like this just suddenly popped up on my Netgalley as "read now" and.... ?!?!!? excuse me while i ignore the rest of my tbr list

    UPDATE: apparently it's just a chapter sampler... and I'm kinda upset because there wasn't a label or anything. Not a good impression for the publisher.
    Helena Paris
    Jun 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
    ⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
    First of all: IT'S SO PRETTYYYY!!!! Seriously, I can't stop staring at this cover.

    I had very high hopes for this book. But sadly, while I thoroughly enjoyed it, it wasn't as amazing as I'd wanted it to be.

    (Find this and more reviews on my blog!)

    Marie Lu's newest book is a ya dystopia, but it doesn't compare to "typical" dystopian novels. Skyhunter has a bit of everything: A nation at war against an all-powerful dystopian regime, creepy monsters, science experiments, an enemies to lovers friend
    Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Rachel Kathryn Wright
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was amazing! I didn’t know anything going into this book and this might be my favorite book of hers. The world building was amazing and it was a world I didn’t want to leave. The plot was so intriguing and I was hooked from the beginning, it is action packed and adventurous. I also really liked the war scenes and when Talin and her friends went on the enemies side, it was very descriptive and well done. Talin was a great protagonist, she was strong, loyal, and independent. And she is a ...more
    Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
    Review December 2020
    Never thought I'd enjoy something with early 2010s YA dystopian vibes again.

    Let me explain: the book is set in a post apocalyptic world where people have forgotten about modern society. We follow a teenaged girl who is in a soldier-like position and outcast from society. However, her fate changes when she meets a mysterious boy and begins to learn the secrets of the world. Written by Marie Lu, who of course wrote THE YA dystopia series.

    it's all the fun of those books and none
    Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was the most recent release from Marie Lu and from someone who consider her an auto-buy author that I think this might be her best book by date.
    Yes, Ik the legend trilogy is iconic but this was a fast pace fantasy novel with some ghost and guns and swords and horse riding, and a "hiest" but not really one just breaking into a building. I will totally recommended this one to all of my friends Idk if I love this one more or less than The kingdom of back? Mmm we'll see which book of her will
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