Aria Michaels’ delivers another great book!
I enjoyed this installment in the Icarus series. The characters are evolving and we’re learning more about them and their situation. It’s a treacherous world Liv and her friends are attempting to survive in. Every day they are learning more and more—new creatures, atmospheric dangers, and a possible nefarious reason for all that is happening. Just a warning—once you start this book you won’t want to stop.
Liv was already a strong girl in the first book of the series. In “Ballistic” she becomes determined with such focus. Her evolution is scary and even monstrous. Liv is somebody you don’t want to turn your back on.
Zander also begins to change in “Ballistic”. His transformation, however, is strictly a reaction of his new environment and the newly hatched threat. Imagine living in a world where you think you’ve finally figured out what’s going on and then have everything flip upside down with new things threatening your existence. I’d change too.
Ty, the kid from Tennessee, was introduced in “Killshot”. In “Ballistic” we learn more about him. I grew to appreciate his quirky sense of humor tinged with odd southern expressions. There’s a major revelation about this hunk in the last few pages of this story. It will hit you out of left field before you say ‘I’m good with it’. But trust me… I get it and the news is actually welcoming and logical.
Some of the previous characters fall by the wayside to make room for new ones. We hear less about Micah (with good reason), Falisha, Jake, and Riley. They’re still around, but they don’t play big roles. The new characters are becoming major players. Michaels adds to the cast a scientist whose trust is questionable (Eli), a badass renegade of a leader (Tessa), a makeshift doctor (Collin), and Liv’s little brother.
“Ballistic” offers up some unexpected, ugly twists along with a little food for thought. We all like to think that when faced with a mega-disaster, good will prevail and people will do the right things. Michaels makes you wonder if that’s just a fatalistic way of thinking. Humanity, on a fundamental level, will fight to survive. That fight will weed out the good from the bad and those who are too nice, too thoughtful or even too inclusive might not make it in the end. On the flip side, those who are seriously thinking ‘me, me, me’ may also find that they won’t survive. It will take people can balance the two and think on their feet who’ll make the cut. So far, Liv and her friends are doing a great job at it.
I can’t wait to read more of this thrilling tale!
Rating: (5=Excellent, 4=Very Good, 3=Good)
Aria Michaels is the author of The Icarus Series, a bestselling young adult dystopian saga as well as a contributor to ATZ Publications’ Chronology of the Apocalypse, and Tricks, Treats, and Zombies (releasing in October 2016). 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 instalment of the Icarus Series and revelling in her role as instigator of literary mayhem and stealth assassin of fictional characters.
“You are never more than one chapter away from a different future.” –Aria Michaels