Title: Black Hole Sun
Author: David Macinnis Gill
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Series: Hell’s Cross (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061673048 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061673047 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
It’s hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help.
No one, except Durango.
Quick & Dirty: Action packed sci-fi book with fun characters, adventure, and an enticing plot.
Opening Sentence: Now come the mousies nosing out their hole, think Kuhru as he wipes fresh bone marrow from his snout.
Years ago there was a plague outbreak on earth and to save our species, people migrated to Mars. They built a colony and tried to make a world that was similar to earth, but it is nowhere close. Mars is a hot and rugged planet that is dangerous in many ways. Evil lurks in the corners preying on the innocent and weak. People have learned to look out for themselves and when help is needed it’s not easy to find. So when a remote mining town is being attacked by the gruesome Draeu, a cannibalistic race, only one man responds to their call for help: Jacob Durango.
Durango is a regulator on the planet of Mars, which is basically a solider/policeman, but he fell into disgrace when his father was sent to prison. The regulators live by a set of rules called the tenets, where you are bound by honor to serve and help those in need. Times on Mars are rough, so most regulators no longer care to follow the rules, they just look out for themselves. Durango is one of the few left that still has a sense of loyalty, so when a group of miners ask for his help, he is honor bound to help them. But will the price he has to pay be more than he bargained for?
Durango is a very noble and admirable hero. He has a haunting past that has made him the man he is today, but instead of it making him bitter, it has made him appreciate his life. He is courageous, honorable, good looking, and funny. I felt that he was a very well rounded character that had many great qualities, but also had flaws that made him more relatable. I found that I really enjoyed being inside his head and he was really easy to connect with. The one thing I did miss was more details of his background. So much of who he is now is because of his tragic past, but you only get glimpses of what happened to him. I hope in the sequel the author will give us more information about Durango and his full story.
Black Hole Sun was action packed with a rather captivating story. From the first page you are plunged into an intriguing plot filled with villains, adventure, and a smidgen of romance. Pacing in the novel was done perfectly, there was never any moments that dragged, and it was easy to fly through the pages. The world-building aspect had the same problem as the characters; the author didn’t quite give me enough background information. At times it made it slightly confusing and left the reader floundering at parts in the story. But with that being said, it was a very enjoyable read that left me eager to read the second book. This is a book that both guys and girls would really enjoy, and I would recommend it if you like the YA Sci-fi genre.
“No Regulator worth a lick is going to work a hundred coin job.”
“We are,” I say.
By different, she means better. “Well,” I say. “If worse comes to worse, I already have a couple Regulators in mind.”
She glares at me. “I said, good Regulators.”
“One’s a carking good demolitionist, and the other one’s…well, he must be good for something.”
I flash a cheesy grin. “Come on Vienne. It’ll be fun.”
“You and I,” she said, hands on hips, “have completely different definitions of fun.”
Hell’s Cross Series:
0.5 Rising Sun
FTC Advisory: Greenwillow Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Black Hole Sun. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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