After the death of their parents, seventeen-year-old Liv Larson and her younger brother are separated by the foster care system. Her grades slip, her friends drift away, and she gives up on her plans for college. The only thing that matters is keeping the promise to get back to her brother. After months of solitude and anti-social behavior, Liv’s best friend Riley drags her to their high school’s rooftop solar flare party. Despite the beautiful lights dancing in the sky, Liv finds herself captivated by Zander, a mysterious boy with a crooked smile. For a few hours, she allows herself to feel normal again.
That is until what should have been a small flare erupts into a massive solar storm. Cut off from the rest of the world with no sign of rescue, fear and paranoia begin to take their toll on the group. Battle lines are drawn and their ranks are divided. Soon, those left behind must embark on a perilous journey to save one of their own… but, something sinister awaits them in the shadows and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.
Can she keep her promise to reunite with her brother? What are Liv and her friends willing to do to survive? Will their bravery and determination be enough to save them all from a rogue military unit, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?
Or was Icarus the KILLSHOT?
About the Author
Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ’s Chronology of the Apocalypse. Aria is an avid reader, die-hard zombie fan, and enthusiastic lover of bonfires and red wine. When she is not glued to her computer pouring out the voices in her head, this busy single mom can be found playing in the dirt with her boys, painting, or binge-watching The Walking Dead. Aria is currently hard at work on the next installment of the Icarus Series and reveling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters.
Genre: YA Dystopian / Apoc-Fic
Series: Icarus #1
Author: Aria Michaels
Cover Designer: Lou J. Stock
Editor: Clair Allmendinger
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Though I didn’t mesh with this book, I thought it was pretty great in the build-up. To go from a hideout during a solar flare to venturing through dangers that are neither human or animalistic was amazing. For a change, we’re seeing normal people get thrown into normal (“normal”) circumstances of apocalyptic proportion. First it’s Icarus and its radiated heatwaves, and then survival atop a scorching surface, and then… them.
So I commend that build-up. I really liked it a lot, and it’s one of the reasons why my rating isn’t lower. The beginning reeled me in with the normalcy of life and Zander, the new guy that catches Aria’s eye. He was enjoyable, and really pressed my romantic button. Rylie and the others were pretty cool, and at times were even amazingly frustrating when challenges were brought up. A few things left me wondering at the end, but I did appreciate the gruesome details. As for the writing style, I’ll say it’s not for me. While some parts were good, there were times when I felt like it dragged or concentrated one too many times on something that could’ve been delivered once. I won’t spoil, but let’s just say that I didn’t have the patience for all the bickering. And personally, it just didn’t flow like I thought it would. The number of details in a scene didn’t match the current intensity, so it felt unbalanced. But, to each his own. So I’ll say it’s not for me, but may be enjoyable for someone else.