The first rule of survival in the Underground: When you’re outside, keep your eyes on the skies. Ace Harpy Hunter Piper Madden is used to danger, but the death of her brother slams the brakes on her high-torque lifestyle and leaves her broken and confused.
On the run from the dictating Elder Corporation, she’s eventually found in the quiet undergound city of Ichton and asked to work for the Corp on contract to quell a new and frightening Harpy threat.
Enter the discovery of horrifying Corporation secrets, Harpy attacks, and a new friendship with the strange Asher, and Piper’s days become anything but boring.
Then, a chance encounter leaves Piper privy to a dangerous secret, ad as she and Asher team up in an effort to unravel the truth, the secrets they uncover beneath the ancient walls of the dead city will spark their world into a grand-scale war.
It took me a while to settle into this story because there is a lot of info unloaded on you at once (as well as some really big questions) but when I did I was impressed with the world and characters the author built. This is a complex, dystopian story that manages to stand on its own. It's set in a post apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by war between humans and harpies. The best part is that harpies...eat humans. I have to admit that makes for a pretty good conflict as that is a difficult thing to get past.
The romance is epic. The obstacles that are overcome and need to be overcome in the future are of mammoth proportions. I was going to cut someone at one point towards the end but the ending turned out to not be as bad as it had appeared to be headed. This is not a standalone book but I didn't find it to be a cliffhanger because the author worked in enough info for us to have an idea of where things are headed, though the path there is murky. And to be honest, I kind of need a break to digest the content before the next book anyways. The only downside is that there is no information available yet as to when the subsequent book(s) will be out so it could be a while. On a positive note though, there are two preludes available that are set in the same world so if the wait becomes unbearable maybe those will tide you over for a bit.
As I am a happily ever after kind of girl, I need to emphasize that this is not a happily ever after book (at least not yet) but I have no doubt that there will eventually be one. The ending left just enough hope that I could walk away from the book feeling satisfied rather than full of angst.
*A copy of this book was received in exchange for an HONEST review. This has not influenced the rating or review in any way*