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Once a paradise, the primitive forest planet of Corvos has been conquered and enslaved by an interstellar empire. But not quite all of its native peoples have given up hope of freedom. In the depths of Mine Three, a fierce young slave named Cerrin prays every day to the god of battle for a chance—any chance—to strike her enemies. But the soldiers in their armored combat sh Once a paradise, the primitive forest planet of Corvos has been conquered and enslaved by an interstellar empire. But not quite all of its native peoples have given up hope of freedom. In the depths of Mine Three, a fierce young slave named Cerrin prays every day to the god of battle for a chance—any chance—to strike her enemies. But the soldiers in their armored combat shells are beyond untouchable. Their technology seems almost magical. Their cruelty, limitless. But Cerrin knows nothing of the events in motion far above her head, in orbit above her planet. An aging military captain is greeting his new civilian commander—a vicious nobleman with ambitious plans for this backwater world. And with this new evil comes unexpected hope. At last, the uprising begins.


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Once a paradise, the primitive forest planet of Corvos has been conquered and enslaved by an interstellar empire. But not quite all of its native peoples have given up hope of freedom. In the depths of Mine Three, a fierce young slave named Cerrin prays every day to the god of battle for a chance—any chance—to strike her enemies. But the soldiers in their armored combat sh Once a paradise, the primitive forest planet of Corvos has been conquered and enslaved by an interstellar empire. But not quite all of its native peoples have given up hope of freedom. In the depths of Mine Three, a fierce young slave named Cerrin prays every day to the god of battle for a chance—any chance—to strike her enemies. But the soldiers in their armored combat shells are beyond untouchable. Their technology seems almost magical. Their cruelty, limitless. But Cerrin knows nothing of the events in motion far above her head, in orbit above her planet. An aging military captain is greeting his new civilian commander—a vicious nobleman with ambitious plans for this backwater world. And with this new evil comes unexpected hope. At last, the uprising begins.

30 review for Wild Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    Brand new fantasy/science fiction only publisher. This is their first book to be published. Of course I wanna be on board! eARC received. Reading and review to come.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Wild Sun is a tragic yet hopeful story. People are enslaved to mine a valuable mineral. It's a horrible way to live, but escape is impossible. But, the human spirit rises up in a few who decide they will be free or die. This is a story about fighting against authority because it's the right thing to do. Is triumph in store or disaster? It's a jumble of emotions from enthralled to angry to despair and hope. The story will pull you in and keep you reading until the end. It's a good read. Thanks to Wild Sun is a tragic yet hopeful story. People are enslaved to mine a valuable mineral. It's a horrible way to live, but escape is impossible. But, the human spirit rises up in a few who decide they will be free or die. This is a story about fighting against authority because it's the right thing to do. Is triumph in store or disaster? It's a jumble of emotions from enthralled to angry to despair and hope. The story will pull you in and keep you reading until the end. It's a good read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    An interesting, fast paced read that I promise you will immerse you in a world where hope lies in the fighting spirit of a select few...if not a young girl who knows the value of her life and refuses to be tamed. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Lauren

    Wild Sun is a beautifully written science fiction novel. A tragedy of sorts, it tells the story of three characters coping with the horrors of enslavement. The character arcs are deeply compelling - testing the capacity of hope and courage despite all offenses to humanity. The authors did an excellent job of capturing the emotional complexity of grief, loss, longing. I was easily pulled into the lives of Cerrin, Sonus and Vellerick. While reading, I wished for greater description of the setting. Wild Sun is a beautifully written science fiction novel. A tragedy of sorts, it tells the story of three characters coping with the horrors of enslavement. The character arcs are deeply compelling - testing the capacity of hope and courage despite all offenses to humanity. The authors did an excellent job of capturing the emotional complexity of grief, loss, longing. I was easily pulled into the lives of Cerrin, Sonus and Vellerick. While reading, I wished for greater description of the setting. When it was pronounced, the atmospheric backdrops heightened my sense of fantasy. With what seems to be the making of a trilogy, I consider Wild Sun a sweet taste of what’s to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    C. Gold

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I didn’t want to put this book down. From the premise that had me clicking the link to get a free copy to the short description, I was already anticipating a good tale. I wasn’t disappointed. This story follows three different people as they each struggle to deal with enslavement – two from the slave side and one from the conqueror side. Cerrin is a fighter at heart and sees the acceptance of slavery by her people as weakn I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. I didn’t want to put this book down. From the premise that had me clicking the link to get a free copy to the short description, I was already anticipating a good tale. I wasn’t disappointed. This story follows three different people as they each struggle to deal with enslavement – two from the slave side and one from the conqueror side. Cerrin is a fighter at heart and sees the acceptance of slavery by her people as weakness. Even though the invaders have advanced technology while her people are bow and arrow types, Cerrin is determined to win her freedom. Sonus is from a different tribe than Cerrin. His people were more advanced, just getting to steam engines when the invaders came. So he’s smart and technically inclined. Besides mining ore, he gets to do tech grunt work the invading engineers don’t want to do. Although others try to engage him in rebellious plots, he sees the futility of fighting against superior technology. Vellerick only has a short time before he can retire. He wanted to spend the rest of his time someplace quiet, but he has to deal with past demons and boredom. That is, until the cruel commander arrives to stir things up. All three characters have interesting story arcs and felt fairly well fleshed out. I appreciated that not all the conquerors were evil, some dealt more kindly towards the natives than others. The main villain was unfortunately one dimensional, but I really liked his guard. I did think there were a few too many side characters to keep track of at times, especially if you are like me and are pushing into 1am to finish. Oh my bleary eyes! But each felt unique enough and contributed to the overall feeling of a vibrant, real world. The world building was well done. I got the sense of what the invaders’ universe was like as well as the slaves’ lives in the mines. The native culture as it still existed after years of slavery was believable. There was also a hint that maybe the natives have a connection with nature. Hopefully the next book will go into that more. I thought the pacing was fairly good. It’s kind of a slow burn as each person has to deal with situations and overcome obstacles before everything culminates in a spectacular ending where all three threads converge. This story is what Avatar should have been, where the natives set out to do their own saving. The ending wrapped things up but left me crying for more. I want to know what happens next! Always a good sign that the book was a good one. I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Helen Wawrejko

    A gritty well written tale of a planet that has an invaluable mineral to a race that has enslaved the native people to work the mines. Cerrin, the heroine, lives only to escape. Sonus was an engineer before he was captured. Heart wrenching events lead one to fight the good fight, and one to chance everything for freedom. This was beyond a good read. While the premise was "space" oriented, this is a character driven story. Drawn into the story, I worked the mines with Cerrin. I felt Sonus' wrath A gritty well written tale of a planet that has an invaluable mineral to a race that has enslaved the native people to work the mines. Cerrin, the heroine, lives only to escape. Sonus was an engineer before he was captured. Heart wrenching events lead one to fight the good fight, and one to chance everything for freedom. This was beyond a good read. While the premise was "space" oriented, this is a character driven story. Drawn into the story, I worked the mines with Cerrin. I felt Sonus' wrath and agony, and finally determination as I toiled with him at the masters command to fix their machines. His joy at the destruction he wrought. And finally,goosebumps when the end is near, the confrontation, the escape, the warrior woman. Excellent. The only caveat I had was the title. A mere couple mentions of the planets sun, and it really had no bearing on the book. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC form Netgalley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chel Barnes

    WIld sun follows three very different characters as they navigate the aftermath of the colonisation of the planet Corvos. Each character offers a different perspective- two are natives of Corvos and the other is one of the conquerors- the Vitaari. I really enjoyed the contrasting narratives, even the two natives come from very different backgrounds and offer varied insights. In particular it was very interesting to get inside the head of one of the colonisers. This adds a lot of depth to the plo WIld sun follows three very different characters as they navigate the aftermath of the colonisation of the planet Corvos. Each character offers a different perspective- two are natives of Corvos and the other is one of the conquerors- the Vitaari. I really enjoyed the contrasting narratives, even the two natives come from very different backgrounds and offer varied insights. In particular it was very interesting to get inside the head of one of the colonisers. This adds a lot of depth to the plot and isn’t something I’ve seen done in similar stories; it definitely adds nuance to an occurrence which is often simplified in writing. I loved the slow burn of each of the main character’s arcs, this really gives a lot of depth to their development and the world around them. Cerrin in particular is a likeable, but strong, protagonist. The authors go to great lengths to add the detail that make a story truly immersive: relatable characters, a plethora of fleshed out side characters, and a well-built universe. Often books in this genre can go too heavy on the sci-fi early on but I found Wild Sun had just the right balance between fantasy and believability. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest in the series!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Henry

    A captivating story. Well written and delivered. It held my interest from the first paragraph to the final word.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Baird

    Wild Sun is an epic tale around slavery/domination and the fight for freedom. The tale focuses around a few chracters, one being Cerrin. She's forced into servitude but yerns for freedom and will risk it all to get it. Sonus is another of the unfortunates forced to serve the Vitaari, he's smart..super smart. When his life is turned upside down it's time to step-up and get revenge. While these two have never met their paths are going to collide. The Vitaari are a race who want only to dominate..they Wild Sun is an epic tale around slavery/domination and the fight for freedom. The tale focuses around a few chracters, one being Cerrin. She's forced into servitude but yerns for freedom and will risk it all to get it. Sonus is another of the unfortunates forced to serve the Vitaari, he's smart..super smart. When his life is turned upside down it's time to step-up and get revenge. While these two have never met their paths are going to collide. The Vitaari are a race who want only to dominate..they use technology to supress those they feel are less than them but they are vain..and a little complacent at times..that will be there downfall. Cerrin's and Sonus's path cross with the thanks to some allies.. the time to rebel is fast approaching. I really enjoyed Vellerik, one of the Vitaari.. while he's one of the bad guys he's the best of the bunch..honourable.. when push comes to shove what we he do? The plot was very good, clear, focused and with enough detail to paint a vivid image of what it must be like for those captives. The writting style meant the book flowed well..There's a lot to take in at first but after the intial couple of chapters I was easily hooked...it kept getting better and better with every chapter. I don't often request books from NetGalley but im glad I requested this one in exchange for an honest review. Well worth reading!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nerd Girl Vixen

    A wonderful adventure read! The story is creative and highly imaginative. The authors did some great world building. Old world meets advanced technology. The pacing is slow at first, then it builds up to some action and suspense! I found most of the characters in this story interesting. They are all dealing with the invasion the best they can…until they decide enough is enough. Throughout different points in the book, I felt anger towards the invaders. The treatment and actions had me seething. A wonderful adventure read! The story is creative and highly imaginative. The authors did some great world building. Old world meets advanced technology. The pacing is slow at first, then it builds up to some action and suspense! I found most of the characters in this story interesting. They are all dealing with the invasion the best they can…until they decide enough is enough. Throughout different points in the book, I felt anger towards the invaders. The treatment and actions had me seething. The injustice of it all. Some tears were shed more than a couple of times. I love the range of emotions this story was able to invoke in me as the reader. Wild Sun is a fantastic debut for Ehsan and Shakil Ahmad! This originative and inspired book will take you on an adventure you won’t soon forget! I look forward to what comes next! I give this 4 stars. **Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng**

  11. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This really was hard work to finish being far too slow and repetitive. In fact the story did not really come to life until the final quarter. Maybe if it had been half the length it would have been worth my time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    Can't wait to see what's next Can't wait to see what's next

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaffeeklatsch and Books

    I guess you could say that Wild Sun can be compared to Red Rising to some extent. Mining tribes, rebellion and a "superior" force trying to exploit the tribes. The premise sounded intriguing, but I had issues with the pacing (over half the book felt very slow), I missed descriptions and background of the different races/tribes, I couldn't form any connections with the main characters like Cerrin or Sonus and there were just too many names introduced that had me very confused. A good book for me I guess you could say that Wild Sun can be compared to Red Rising to some extent. Mining tribes, rebellion and a "superior" force trying to exploit the tribes. The premise sounded intriguing, but I had issues with the pacing (over half the book felt very slow), I missed descriptions and background of the different races/tribes, I couldn't form any connections with the main characters like Cerrin or Sonus and there were just too many names introduced that had me very confused. A good book for me can instill vivid pictures of the world, but this story was missing that flow. The writing is by no means bad, I guess I'm just comparing this to all the other great sci-fi and fantasy books that I've read. All opinions in this review are my own and I received an eARC if this from Netgalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wicker

    A dark yet compelling tale that had me holding out for the light of the Wild Sun... I rate Wild Sun by Ehsan and Shakil Ahmad 5 out of 5 stars. The story follows 3 characters on opposite sides of an invasion that has left the inhabitants of the planet Corvos enslaved to an advanced race of silver-skinned aliens who call themselves the Vitaari. When the beautiful, brave Cerrin gets noticed by one of their high ranking nobles, her chances of finally escaping this time seem slim. But clever, careful A dark yet compelling tale that had me holding out for the light of the Wild Sun... I rate Wild Sun by Ehsan and Shakil Ahmad 5 out of 5 stars. The story follows 3 characters on opposite sides of an invasion that has left the inhabitants of the planet Corvos enslaved to an advanced race of silver-skinned aliens who call themselves the Vitaari. When the beautiful, brave Cerrin gets noticed by one of their high ranking nobles, her chances of finally escaping this time seem slim. But clever, careful Sonus has a dangerous plan, one that will force him to risk everything to help his people flee into the forests and plains they haven't set foot upon in decades. A Vitaari captain, Vellerik, has grown disillusioned as he nears the retirement and watches the cruelty inflicted upon Corvos. From the moment I picked this book up, I had a hard time putting it down. The characters held me tight as they struggled against themselves to find freedom from not only their captors but their fears as well. Cerrin was strong in both body and mind and TALL! (which was actually plot-relevant for once). Despite her constant struggles – the isolating hate from her peers, the attention from cruel nobles, and hard labor, she always manages to stay strong and find a way through while holding on to her faith in her gods. Sonus is timid yet calculative and presses on even when he doesn't have to, making me admire him all the more. Despite the tried and true plot of escaping enslavement from a superior alien race, there was no point at which I was left rolling my eyes and thinking 'oh here we go again.' And that's due to the exceptional character work. Through every moment, I was there with Cerrin and Sonus. The authors managed to propel a traditional plot through three very different settings, yet bring the ties all together in a meaningful and creatively impactful way by the story's end. All the characters had clear obstacles to overcome, a minor opponent to vanquish, as well as oodles of internal struggle to sort through. And did they ever. The organized story-telling and solid world building made this a satisfying read yet never came across as formulaic in design. There was a wonderful mirroring of belief and science with nature and technology. Despite the books darker themes, I never felt bogged down in the emotional muck of it as so many science-fictions are apt to do. Instead, I turned every page with a renewed hope that things would get better for our characters despite the tragedy befalling them one moment after another. The story echoed strongly of Claudia Gray's Star Wars line. Descriptive, intelligent but fun and impactful. If you want a fast-paced tale full of hope in a world that's fallen beneath the darkness of the Wild Sun's shadow, then this is the story for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zohla

    Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. Wild Sun is set in a planet called Corvos whose people have been invaded and enslaved by another people, the Vitaari. The Corvos people are made to work in mines for mineral resources. If you think of oil as an equivalent in our real world, this makes this story feel very important and current despite the obvious Sci-Fi twist. While Cerrin and Sonus are the two characters we follow through the rebellion, we also follow Vellerik Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. Wild Sun is set in a planet called Corvos whose people have been invaded and enslaved by another people, the Vitaari. The Corvos people are made to work in mines for mineral resources. If you think of oil as an equivalent in our real world, this makes this story feel very important and current despite the obvious Sci-Fi twist. While Cerrin and Sonus are the two characters we follow through the rebellion, we also follow Vellerik, who is a bad guy but it is exactly why I enjoyed him. I found refreshing to get a point of view on the opposite side. Despite the intricate premise, this is definitely a character driven story, which is my favourite kind of story. The condescendence with which the people of Corvos are treated is so unbearable and yet very realistic. Don’t get me wrong, the plot is there (although a little predictable) but the characters are really fleshed out and you really believe in their plight. They are why I enjoyed the book. The first half of the book is pretty slow but thankfully the chapters are short which picks up the pace a little. Also, the book is pretty short too, so it doesn’t really drag along anyway. I appreciated that even though Cerrin’s people are resigned to slavery, the writers chose to give them a real history and culture. They’re not simple zombies walking around doing what they’re told (like the skaa in Mistborn for exemple), they’ve been conquered but they have lives still and a culture. Hopefully we will see more of that in the next book ? I loved how everything converged in the end. Knowing seperate characters and then seeing their stories come together is the most satisfying thing to read. But we honestly need more. That ending was a good tease though, a smart way to end it and make us want more. This was a solid book and I’m excited for the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephenee

    This is the debut novel by the Ahmad brothers, but it reads like they have been writing forever! The book draws the reader into this new and uncertain world while giving them a mix of old school and technology of the future. The reader is on the edge of their seat trying to figure out what is going to happen next while zooming through the pages trying to predict where this book is going to take them. This is one of those books that you want to frantically turn the pages of to see what happens ne This is the debut novel by the Ahmad brothers, but it reads like they have been writing forever! The book draws the reader into this new and uncertain world while giving them a mix of old school and technology of the future. The reader is on the edge of their seat trying to figure out what is going to happen next while zooming through the pages trying to predict where this book is going to take them. This is one of those books that you want to frantically turn the pages of to see what happens next while at the same time never wanting the story to end. Cerrin is a fighter who the reader instantly wants to succeed, Sonus has the tech smarts and Vellerick the bad guy - isn't he?!? The three main characters are well developed and give the reader a good sense of who they are. The Ahmad brothers do an amazing job of grabbing the reader's attention and never letting it go! This story is sure to leave you with a book hangover and a finger itching to one click the next book in the series! Don't hesitate to add this one and the next one to your TBR list - you won't want to miss out on this amazing adventure! **Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beatriz

    I really liked this book and what a roller-coaster ride it was! Be prepared to discover the planet Corvos and three amazing characters. Cerrin a slave who works in mine fourteen and has a great knowledge of the flora and fauna of her planet. She is hands down my favorite character ever! A true wild spirit. Then there’s Sonus, a kind and intelligent man who really cares about his friends. Last but not least, captain Vellerik is trying to pass his last days unnoticed, but he get’s caught up in the I really liked this book and what a roller-coaster ride it was! Be prepared to discover the planet Corvos and three amazing characters. Cerrin a slave who works in mine fourteen and has a great knowledge of the flora and fauna of her planet. She is hands down my favorite character ever! A true wild spirit. Then there’s Sonus, a kind and intelligent man who really cares about his friends. Last but not least, captain Vellerik is trying to pass his last days unnoticed, but he get’s caught up in the middle of his ship’s political intrigue and is forced to choose between being compassionate or ruthless. I really enjoyed the way the authors described the various species of the planet and portrayed how the Vitaari can be so inhumane and vicious. I recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and readers that enjoy a kind of new world vibe.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    This is not my typical genre by any means, but I do recommend it to anyone looking to read something out of their normal pattern. I find myself anticipating the next book in the series. The switching between points of view annoyed me at first because I had already formed a connection with Cerrin, but in a strange way it also kept me reading in anticipation for the merger of these unique characters. Each one drew me in and kept me curious. Even though I wanted to play the “I like this character b This is not my typical genre by any means, but I do recommend it to anyone looking to read something out of their normal pattern. I find myself anticipating the next book in the series. The switching between points of view annoyed me at first because I had already formed a connection with Cerrin, but in a strange way it also kept me reading in anticipation for the merger of these unique characters. Each one drew me in and kept me curious. Even though I wanted to play the “I like this character better game”, I became invested in each of the main storylines. Once finished, I found myself thinking about these characters for days. That’s the true hallmark of a good book, in my opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    I enjoyed the world, especially the hints at the larger empire of the Vitarii and the differences between the tribes of Corvos. The story bounced around between points of view mid-chapter, which made it difficult to follow the story, especially in the earlier chapters. I might recommend this book to someone looking for this exact kind of story or a new sci-fi series to bite into.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tazeen

    The authors did an amazing job with character development and plot setup. This is my first book in the Sci-fi & fantasy category and I was pretty surprised to find myself attached to the various characters and their individual journey through out the story. It is very well written with lots of details for the imagination. I definitely recommend The Wild Sun!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Campbell

    Excellent, gripping read! Wild Sun was a gripping, perfectly paced read. Well-timed point of view changes kept it refreshing and interesting. Characters were believable and relatable. This one’s a page turner for sure. Enjoyed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Shelton

    Wish I could read book number two right now! Fantastic! If the sequel was ready I would have started reading it immediately. Both the world building and the character building of this novel are excellent. You are totally pulled into the story!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Fantastic book by first time authors. I can't recommend it enough. Fantastic book by first time authors. I can't recommend it enough.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    An Excellent Read A well written story with intriguing characters. A flawed heroine and some likable bad guys kept me guessing to the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hassler

    Sci-fi adventure I could not put it down. Finished it in a day. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. A great other world story. Any one who enjoys sci-fi will like this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debra H. Wruble

    Incredible Well written story about a mining planet with enslaved miners and sadistic overlords. Several of the enslaved miners plan an overthrow and escape.Great read

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Olver

    While a good read, the inappropriate use of dashes tended to knock me back to real life. Not sure why -ed and-ing was used so often, but I hope it's fixed for book 2. While a good read, the inappropriate use of dashes tended to knock me back to real life. Not sure why -ed and-ing was used so often, but I hope it's fixed for book 2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Clarke

    Review first posted on scifiandscary.com - copy provided by the publisher for review consideration ‘Wild Sun’ is a thrilling, science fiction adventure that manages to blend a vintage, golden age feel with an enjoyably modern take on tyranny. It’s the story of a relatively primitive planet, invaded and ruled by a vicious species who have enslaved the population and are stripping the world of its mineral resources. It features twin protagonists, allowing the authors to flip between two storylines Review first posted on scifiandscary.com - copy provided by the publisher for review consideration ‘Wild Sun’ is a thrilling, science fiction adventure that manages to blend a vintage, golden age feel with an enjoyably modern take on tyranny. It’s the story of a relatively primitive planet, invaded and ruled by a vicious species who have enslaved the population and are stripping the world of its mineral resources. It features twin protagonists, allowing the authors to flip between two storylines and keep things interesting. Cerrin is a somewhat stereotypically plucky young woman. Sonus is a more studious engineer. Both are determined to overthrow the invaders and their travails make for a gripping read. In particular, Sonus’s growing understanding of the alien technology works brilliantly and gives him a really satisfying story arc. What the book lacks in depth, it makes up for in atmosphere. It really does feel like the kind of classic sci fi adventure I’d happily pluck from my dad’s bookshelves as a teenager. The planet is richly described and the good vs evil narrative manages to feel both classic and current. The vintage vibe even extends to the fact there is no swearing in the book, in fact the one curse word that does feature is rather charmingly censored, displaying as “b----“. At just over 300 pages, it’s the perfect length for this kind of rousing tale. The action moves at a good pace and I ploughed through it in a couple of days. There are some memorable set pieces, and whilst the extended cast can get a bit muddled at times, the two central characters are fun and engaging. It’s badged as part one in a series but doesn’t play any cheap tricks on the reader in the hope of hooking interest for the next book. The ending is fully formed and satisfying, and yet leaves things nicely open for a sequel. When the next book comes, I’ll certainly be reading it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trizah Kelvin

    ‘Wild Sun’ really is an interesting sci fi novel - I finished it feeling a real sense of hope. At a very surface level, it’s the story of a once peaceful communities that were invaded by an empire, which in turn enslaves them and their planet. The story develops much further and actually had me pining to find out what eventually happens to Corvos – particularly the three main characters the book focuses on. There are a series of interesting twists and unexpected events that kept me engaged but I ‘Wild Sun’ really is an interesting sci fi novel - I finished it feeling a real sense of hope. At a very surface level, it’s the story of a once peaceful communities that were invaded by an empire, which in turn enslaves them and their planet. The story develops much further and actually had me pining to find out what eventually happens to Corvos – particularly the three main characters the book focuses on. There are a series of interesting twists and unexpected events that kept me engaged but I won’t spoil them. The characters had actual depth. My favorite was Cerrin, a young woman who is empowered in the novel but not in an over the top way that you typically see these days – she’s a fearless but damaged individual who is ready to achieve freedom no matter the price. I also liked the fleshed out world building – the realism of slavery, fighting back against overwhelming odds and not always being successful, the internal/ethical struggles of the occupiers(Vellerik) and the logistical challenges of invasion. I don’t typically dig sci-fi-based books and films, but ‘Wild Sun’ is now an exception for me because I felt like it hit at something universal and relatable to me. Would definitely recommend it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This book was very predictable, but somehow that didn't take away from the enjoyment. The premise was amazing, and generally delivered, even though I had a hard time connecting with some of the characters. The major antagonists in particular were fairly one-dimensional. I was expecting a lot more from them. Cerrin and Vellerick, on the other hand, were perfect. I wanted so much more of both of them. Can't wait for the next book. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. This book was very predictable, but somehow that didn't take away from the enjoyment. The premise was amazing, and generally delivered, even though I had a hard time connecting with some of the characters. The major antagonists in particular were fairly one-dimensional. I was expecting a lot more from them. Cerrin and Vellerick, on the other hand, were perfect. I wanted so much more of both of them. Can't wait for the next book. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.

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