Book Review: Helias Shadow by K.C. Neal

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Book Review: Helias Shadow by K.C. Neal

Book Review: Helias Shadow by K.C. NealHelia's Shadow by K. C. Neal
Series: The Starlight Age #1
on November 23rd 2014

Helia’s Shadow is for fans of The 5th Wave (Rick Yancey), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Divergent (Veronica Roth), and Legend (Marie Lu).

When the aliens arrived, they were hailed as the saviors of a dying Earth and dwindling human race. But the aliens didn’t come to help. Now, one human girl’s ingenious invention and one alien boy’s awakened heart are humanity’s last hope…

Nineteen years ago, aliens arrived on a barely habitable Earth with advanced technology and the promise of ensuring human survival in exchange for a place to settle. They were hailed as the saviors of humans and Earth.

Today, 16-year-old Helia wants two things in life: to step out of her over-protective mother’s shadow and become an engineer, and to stop hiding her relationship with alien boy Kalo. But the world definitely isn’t ready for a human-alien romance. And worse, the human-alien partnership is crumbling. Humans are arrested without explanation. Some of them are never seen again.

When the alien leader imprisons her mother on a false charge, Helia discovers the aliens never intended to help humans at all. Now, she must join forces with alien rebels. If she succeeds, humans have a chance at survival and she has a chance at love. If she fails, the dwindling human race dies out in slavery.

My Thoughts

Really interesting and curious book! The beginning was a little slow for my taste but it did not take too long to get into the thick of it. Humans are being taken and Helia has to hide her love for an alien. Good start.

Although a little slow, I liked Helia from the beginning. She’s quirky and a bit different and her mom is way overbearing. Her reactions to that make complete sense. Her reactions to her friend who is way into left field with his conspiracy theories are also right on for how I was understanding her personality.

Surprisingly, although sci fi this is not out of the world, and out of understanding, type of sci fi. I was able to understand the aliens and K. C. Neal’s explanations and descriptions made the world all that easier to understand. I think what appealed to me most was that it also had a bit of a dystopian feel to it. Had I known it was in that realm I would not have hesitated to read this!

After the beginning, the story pace picks up quite a bit and the pacing is fabulous from there on. I raced to the end, loving each of the twists, and all of the nuances of the forbidden relationship. The romance did not overwhelm the story but it added just enough to keep me wondering.

Ended on a cliffhanger! I sort of expected it being that it is the first in the series. Lots of answered needed!


Rating Report
3.5 / 5
Character Development
4.5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 4.4 / 5

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The Author

In previous iterations of my professional life, I worked as a bench chemist, a lab equipment tester, a biotech researcher, and a medical writer. Strangely, this sequence has not led to my dream job: drummer in a rock band. But my current gig is pretty sweet.

I love colored pens and sticky notes, sunsets and sunrises, digging my fingers into the dirt and nurturing the things that grow in it, and learning anything and everything. I’m a scientist who studies astrology, a go-with-the-flow Type A, and an impatient practitioner of daily meditation. A big bag of contradictions, just like everyone else.
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2 Responses to “Book Review: Helias Shadow by K.C. Neal”

    • Christina

      Thank you! Yes, I was worried about the sci fi, as I am not a huge fan, but this was done very well. 😀