Skyhunter #1

Marie Lu

fiction dystopian fantasy science fiction young adult
adventurous fast-paced

371 pages | first published 2020

A broken world.
An overwhelming evil.
A team of warriors ready to strike back.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.

Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara.

A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts.

But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara's capital, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?

Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save--or destroy--them all.

Loyalty is life.

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adventurous 85%
tense 60%
dark 45%
emotional 42%
sad 17%
mysterious 15%
challenging 12%
hopeful 12%
inspiring 9%
lighthearted 3%
reflective 3%
funny 1%


fast 50%
medium 45%
slow 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 57% | Plot: 31% | Character: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 17% | It's complicated: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 74% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 10%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 12% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 51% | No: 27% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 1%

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