Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.
But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.
I definitely found that Flashfall was interesting in both synopsis and actual book.
The big “thing” about this book is that in order to live a safe life, you have to be able to mine 400 grams of the Nicirium. Once you have 400 grams, you’re then shuffled off to behind the barrier wall, where you are safe from the Flashfall curtain.
Most people, however, don’t make it to the 400 grams. As it turns out most people die long before they hit their 400 gram mark. From what I gathered, all of the people who live on Outpost 5 never make it to the safe zone.
Orion’s story moves fast, but not too fast where your head is spinning trying to catch up with what happens. Which is great, since this means the book isn’t too boringly slow, but the plot isn’t speeding up too quickly either.
There are people we can’t trust in this book and ! I’m such an idiot for not realizing it sooner. They’re such a sneak! Which is a shame since I kind of liked this character. They seemed so genuine.
I had got it into my head that the romance in this book would go towards this one character, but instead it went to another and I’m kind of hitting myself in the face over this since I should have predicted it. I just didn’t like this character for a good majority of the book. I have nothing against the love interest, but there are just some characters that I’m bound to not like for any reason.
I like that this story has a happy ending, though. Another thing to like about this book is that if you wanted to read Flashfall as a standalone, you totally could! The book ends on a happy high note, which is something that these characters deserve so much.
I ended up giving Flashfall 2 of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Have you read Flashfall yet? What did you think of it?