The Darker the Skies is the sequel to The Brighter the Stars of the Earth United Series and is another great young adult sci-fi read!
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
It only takes one to make a difference.
Just days before Jake Saunders plans on proposing to the love of his life, Jake is called upon once again to save his home, Earth. The Earthen Legion troops and its allies think they’re battling only pirates, but a new, more powerful foe from another galaxy flanks their forces and invades, in search of a weapon the planet didn’t even know it had.
When Jake learns that this new enemy was responsible for the death of his father many years ago, he realizes he can finally face his true nemesis. The odds are stacked against Jake, but with the help of his friends and allies he’s made along the way, he must rally the remaining Legion troops and retake Earth before it’s too late. The fate of Earth and the fate of his love, rest in the balance.
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I love that The Darker the Skies more or less picks up where we left off. Grant you, a year has passed since The Brighter the Stars and a few things have changed, but in an overall sense of thing; we pick up with the same characters that we left off with.
In theory, you could read The Darker the Skies without reading The Brighter the Stars first, but I really feel like you would be doing yourself a disservice.
The Brighter the Stars gives you an overall – and pretty complete – background on our main characters, as well as life events that have shaped not only Earth United as it is currently, but the lives and actions of our characters.
I was happy to see all of our main characters from The Brighter the Stars return to The Darker the Skies. We were able to not only learn more about some of their pasts, but also see where they ended up when The Brighter the Stars ended.
I do feel like something may still be coming. I don’t feel a complete resolution or conclusion for the storyline, but I guess only time will tell!
About the Author
Bryan Prosek is a science fiction writer and business attorney. Along with his debut The Brighter the Stars and the forthcoming A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.
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