Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: Retribution (Earthfall 2) by Mark Walden

Rating: ✪✪✪  out of 5 Stars
Release Date:                           August 2014


Author’s Website:                  Mark Walden's website


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   Having thoroughly enjoyed Mark Walden’s first in the Earthfall series, it was a long twoyear wait for the follow up. I shouldn’t have enjoyed this series—it’s aimed at middle school boys—but a good book is a good book.

   So when Retribution (Earthfall 2) arrived, I was chomping at the bit to discover if our young heroes would manage to free the Londoners from their trance-like entrapment which occurred in the first book after the alien Voidborns arrived on Earth.
   This book takes place several months since the events of Earthfall, and Sam and his crew have discovered things are worse than they first believed. Not only have the Voidborn set up some kind of drilling apparatus, but they haven’t just invaded London;'they have landed all around the world and are in the throes of setting up  more of the device.
   Sam’s group happens upon another resistance group who think they have discovered a way to destroy the enemy by implanting viral commands into the network that controls the Voidborn drones. Along the way Sam makes unlikely allies and enemies, and a new and very dangerous creature is unleashed upon the planet. 
   Walden has taken the classic War of the Worlds tale and developed it further with new twists and a great reveal.  Readers of young adult adventure and apocalypse tales will enjoy this series. And if you have a reluctant young male reader this series would be a great introduction to the adventure that can lie between the covers of a book.

See my review of the first in the series Earthfall.  Click Here.

I received a copy of this book from http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/ for an honest review. Thank you.

BOOK BLURB

It’s been several months since the events of Earthfall, yet Sam’s attempts to rouse the enslaved people of London from their trance-like state have frustratingly failed. Worse still, the enormous Voidborn drilling device which Sam and his friends disabled in London was one of hundreds scattered across the planet, all nearing the final stages of construction.

Joining up with another resistance group, they plot to disable a drilling machine in Tokyo and in the process implant viral commands that will cause a catastrophic failure of the entire network. Just as that mission appears to have been successful, Sam and the others are double-crossed by the resistance leader.

Earthfall: Retribution will take the series on to a global stage, as the true scale of the conflict being played out on Earth is revealed...

About the author:
Mark Walden's first book, H.I.V.E., won Richard and Judy's 'Best Kids' Books Ever' 9+ category. Paramount has optioned the film rights, and it was chosen as one of ten titles for Booktrust's first Booked Up scheme. Mark has followed this success with a further six titles in the extraordinarily brilliant H.I.V.E. series and as a WBD author for 2009. He lives with his family in Hampshire.

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