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Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in this riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Kar Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in this riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny. But Mara has fallen. And its destruction has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmare. With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter. Red is no stranger to the cruelty of the Federation or the torture within its Skyhunter labs, but he knows this isn’t the end for Mara – or Talin. The link between them may be weak, but it could be Talin and Red's only hope to salvage their past and safeguard their future. While the fate of a broken world hangs in the balance, Talin and Red must reunite the Strikers and find their way back to each other in this smoldering sequel to Marie Lu’s Skyhunter.


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Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in this riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Kar Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in this riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Marie Lu As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny. But Mara has fallen. And its destruction has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmare. With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter. Red is no stranger to the cruelty of the Federation or the torture within its Skyhunter labs, but he knows this isn’t the end for Mara – or Talin. The link between them may be weak, but it could be Talin and Red's only hope to salvage their past and safeguard their future. While the fate of a broken world hangs in the balance, Talin and Red must reunite the Strikers and find their way back to each other in this smoldering sequel to Marie Lu’s Skyhunter.

30 review for Steelstriker

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    ive read a lot of last books in a series lately and i think ive come to realisation that i will always love beginnings (the first book) more than the endings (the final book). when it comes to YA particularly, the endings are very predictable. everything happens the way you would expect and ive come to find that very underwhelming, as of late. while i loved being reunited with these characters (yay for the addition of reds POV!) and back in to unique world of strikers and skyhunters, i found the ive read a lot of last books in a series lately and i think ive come to realisation that i will always love beginnings (the first book) more than the endings (the final book). when it comes to YA particularly, the endings are very predictable. everything happens the way you would expect and ive come to find that very underwhelming, as of late. while i loved being reunited with these characters (yay for the addition of reds POV!) and back in to unique world of strikers and skyhunters, i found the plot progression and conclusion to be lackluster. readers who love the tried and true trope of teenagers saving the world should enjoy this, but it doesnt really offer me anything new anymore. that being said, while i didnt love this as much as ‘skyhunter,’ i still really enjoyed the story overall. the story has great pacing and is super easy to binge read. both the main and side characters are just as readable and root-worthy as i remember them. and im still really into how cool the world-building is. i just wish the plot conclusion had been more unpredictable. but all in all, another great duology by ML! if you havent picked up ‘skyhunter’ yet, definitely do! its a lot of great fun. ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    At this point, I will read just about everything Marie Lu writes. Skyhunter: ★★★☆☆ Skyhunter #2: ?? At this point, I will read just about everything Marie Lu writes. Skyhunter: ★★★☆☆ Skyhunter #2: ??

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mash

    March 15th, 2021 update WE HAVE A COVER AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL AHHHH I AM SO EXCITED OH MY GOD. AND THAT BLURB AHHH IM SCARED.

  4. 5 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    The first book isn’t out yet, and I already need this one 🤦‍♀

  5. 4 out of 5

    Athena of Velaris

    An e-ARC was provided by the publisher via TeenInk in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. Steelstriker is Marie Lu at her very best. The author who brought readers the captivating Legend and Warcross series returns to the YA dystopian genre and recements her place at the top. Set in a broken world full of ancient relics and chilling monsters, Steelstriker picks up about six months after Skyhunter’s ending. Following Talin and Red as they fight for survival An e-ARC was provided by the publisher via TeenInk in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own. Steelstriker is Marie Lu at her very best. The author who brought readers the captivating Legend and Warcross series returns to the YA dystopian genre and recements her place at the top. Set in a broken world full of ancient relics and chilling monsters, Steelstriker picks up about six months after Skyhunter’s ending. Following Talin and Red as they fight for survival and a better future, the writing will leave you speechless. The side characters from the first novel take a back seat in this installment, but the use of witty dialogue still keeps their presence felt. The worldbuilding crafted in the Skyhunter Duology is truly stunning. With complex national and continental politics, well explored science, and a focus on imperialism and colonization, the dystopian world Lu creates is a stark look at our present reality. Though the themes she explores are relevant and important, it never feels like the author is using the novel to get across a political agenda. The issues are just as important in the story as they are in the real world. Along with the impressive worldbuilding, the main characters truly stood out. Talin has always been fascinating, partially because of her reliance on sign language. Her disability is never something that holds her back. In fact, it makes her a better, stronger fighter. I loved that what some would consider her greatest weakness became a source of strength. The fact that she hovered on the edge of darkness for this entire book, and the way she dealt with her own morality was beautifully done in context of the story. Red gets his first perspective in Steelstriker, creating an intense dual point of view narrative. The exploration of his past as a soldier of the Federation (the very thing he tries to destroy) was well done, as were the bonds he formed with the Strikers. Some of his chapters did drag towards the middle, which is understandable considering the epic scale of the plot. By far the best part of this book was the relationship Talin had with her mother. Their dynamic felt realistic, and it was easy to see the trust they shared. Talin’s mother loved her daughter without question, subverting the evil/dead parent trope most YA novels feature. The familial bond made Talin a more likeable heroine, and explored how tragic it was to have teenagers fighting their parents’ wars. The villain was probably the weakest part of the book because he followed too many common stereotypes. The tropes were done correctly for the most part, but there was nothing new or interesting about him. I did appreciate how easy it was for Talin and Red to see him as human, but felt that their empathy wasn’t something that ever swayed the opinion of the reader. Put simply, he wasn’t very interesting to read about. That being said, Steelstriker featured a fast plot that combined effortlessly with that of the first book. Though some events were rather predictable, the story held the attention of the reader in a death grip until the very end. It was impossible to put this book down, especially because of how easy it was to get attached to the characters. Despite a few flaws, Steelstriker by Marie Lu is a finale that will not leave fans of Skyhunter disappointed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    "May there be future dawns." Steelstriker was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and in no way did it disappoint. It was a thrilling, exhilarating conclusion to the Skyhunter duology, and I already anticipate going back to my favorite parts to reread them. Marie Lu has outdone herself. Skyhunter ends at a point of immense tension, and this sequel is able to build off of that. It not only crafts an intricate plot filled with action and plot twists. but it expands on the romantic rela "May there be future dawns." Steelstriker was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and in no way did it disappoint. It was a thrilling, exhilarating conclusion to the Skyhunter duology, and I already anticipate going back to my favorite parts to reread them. Marie Lu has outdone herself. Skyhunter ends at a point of immense tension, and this sequel is able to build off of that. It not only crafts an intricate plot filled with action and plot twists. but it expands on the romantic relationships and friendships from the first book. If you were looking for more romance from the first book, this sequel is where you're going to get it. Talin and Red's relationship goes so much deeper in this book and really solidifies itself. The two of them learn the ins and outs of each other and just seeing the way they fight for their future and for the people they love really gets me. I was so close to crying simply because they love each other so much. I was definitely screaming into my pillow. Steelstriker, unlike Skyhunter, is told in two points of view: one is Talin's and one is Red's. Given the circumstances of the story, having Red's POV there lends itself so well to the story. Beyond the fact that Red is my favorite (slightly grumpy) boy and the fact that his POV was pretty essential to the plot making sense, seeing the bond between him and Talin from both sides gave a lot of insight into their relationship. Since the majority of the book takes place in the capital of the Karensa Federation aka where Red has such deep-rooted childhood memories, we get a lot more definition to Red's character and his background. I LOVE HIM OKAY Although there are two points of view, I see Talin at the center of this story. Seeing her prove herself again and again, taking back her agency and holding onto it for dear life. She's a fighter and every moment in this story, she shows everyone how she is so much more than the quiet little girl all of her doubters see her as. She not only has the grit and the strength, but she has the heart. This is a book about rebellion, and Talin establishes herself at the heart of it. My fave <3 The found family in this book is absolutely immaculate. The little family of Strikers makes my heart so happy, and seeing how far they came from the first book and the deep bonds they've formed between each other makes me even more confident that found family is my favorite trope. I also wanted to mention how well I thought Marie Lu crafted her villain figures in this story, Premier Constantine specifically. She uses his former relationships, his backstory, and his true desires to her advantage, almost giving him mercy but recognizing how cold and brutal of a figure he's grown to be. Above all, this is a story of family and sacrifice. What are you willing to do for the people you love? How deep do those familial bonds run? At the heart of this story is Talin and her mother, and the two of them has nudged themselves into a special place in my heart. I don't think anyone thought I would be giving this book a negative review given how often I scream about Marie Lu on the Internet, but this is your reassurance that Steelstriker won't let you down. Thank you to MacMillan and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review! CW: death, war, violence, slight gore, dismemberment, blood

  7. 4 out of 5

    ella

    im so excited for this seriesssss edit march 2021: HOLY SHRIMP WHEN DID THIS COVER COME OUT ITS SO PRETTY i like this cover much more than the first one. the colors gives much better vibes i think, the first one felt way too dreamy. the title is less cringey, too. i don't remember much from the first book but i'm still soo excited! im so excited for this seriesssss edit march 2021: HOLY SHRIMP WHEN DID THIS COVER COME OUT ITS SO PRETTY i like this cover much more than the first one. the colors gives much better vibes i think, the first one felt way too dreamy. the title is less cringey, too. i don't remember much from the first book but i'm still soo excited!

  8. 5 out of 5

    alex :)

    ugh that was so boring even though i know it wasn’t boring it felt like it was boring

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ritz

    Update: IT'S TALIN. ON THE COVER. This cover is pretty nice but I like Skyhunter's more. And I also love the title. I'm really excited for this, though. February 12, 2021: This is kind of stupid, but the thing I’m worried about is that the cover of this book is gonna be a lot worse than the Skyhunter cover. Update: IT'S TALIN. ON THE COVER. This cover is pretty nice but I like Skyhunter's more. And I also love the title. I'm really excited for this, though. February 12, 2021: This is kind of stupid, but the thing I’m worried about is that the cover of this book is gonna be a lot worse than the Skyhunter cover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chloe F

    I’m going to start off with the fact that I loved Skyhunter. It is one of my favorite books and Steelstriker was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. But after reading I felt it was a little boring and in general fell flat for me. A lot of the plot was easy to guess and just wasn’t interesting. I loved the characters though, I wish I saw more interaction with Red and Talin. To be honest the only reason I finished the book was for them, Adena, Jeran and Aramin. The fighting scenes in the I’m going to start off with the fact that I loved Skyhunter. It is one of my favorite books and Steelstriker was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. But after reading I felt it was a little boring and in general fell flat for me. A lot of the plot was easy to guess and just wasn’t interesting. I loved the characters though, I wish I saw more interaction with Red and Talin. To be honest the only reason I finished the book was for them, Adena, Jeran and Aramin. The fighting scenes in the last couple of chapters I think went by too fast, it was very anticlimactic and overall I felt like this book’s plot has been used so many times. Someone gets kidnapped, their significant other saves them and they fight against the enemy. I just wish there was more to the story. For me I feel like this book is 3/5 stars. I hope that others who read this like it more than I did because I do love Marie Lu and I just think this book wasn’t for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I am not okay. I need another book by Marie stat. Steelstriker was beyond beautiful in my eyes. I absolutely loved the entire thing from start to finish. I think the idea behind giving us Red's POV was pure genius and made me fall back in love with everything all over again. Then there's the world all things that revolve around Constantine. Seriously, it was amazing and I'm sad that it's all over now. Besides falling in love with the characters, I liked getting to know more about the villain in th I am not okay. I need another book by Marie stat. Steelstriker was beyond beautiful in my eyes. I absolutely loved the entire thing from start to finish. I think the idea behind giving us Red's POV was pure genius and made me fall back in love with everything all over again. Then there's the world all things that revolve around Constantine. Seriously, it was amazing and I'm sad that it's all over now. Besides falling in love with the characters, I liked getting to know more about the villain in this one. It was kind of refreshing but needed to happen. I also didn't like the control Constantine had on Talin but I did love how she tried to fight him. Then there's the romance, and ugh, my heart was just very happy. Seriously. In the end, I'm definitely sad that I wont get another book but very excited for whatever Marie decides to grace us with next. Super freaking excited.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vathna

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait for September. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait for September.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gabby Louise

    Disclaimer: I work for a bookstore all thoughts and opinions are my own and not affiliated with the company. Thank you to Netgally for providing me with an early access copy to the Audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The book: To get straight to the point- I enjoyed this book. Book one left me unsure and it felt like it was missing something. I didn’t connect to the romance, the plot felt like it had been done before with other dystopian novels. I enjoyed it nonetheless. HOWEVER- book 2 tur Disclaimer: I work for a bookstore all thoughts and opinions are my own and not affiliated with the company. Thank you to Netgally for providing me with an early access copy to the Audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The book: To get straight to the point- I enjoyed this book. Book one left me unsure and it felt like it was missing something. I didn’t connect to the romance, the plot felt like it had been done before with other dystopian novels. I enjoyed it nonetheless. HOWEVER- book 2 turned this all around for me. This one captured my attention. I could see the romance blooming between the main characters. The story added more to the discussion. Instead of it just being two sides in a war, we got to see some of the behind the scenes into how it got to that point. I do believe some parts did not work, for example the ending (~last 20%). I won’t go into detail here due to spoilers but this was my only fault in this book. I am glad though that the character chose not to agree to do that final decision. I do love the many references to LGBTQ+ characters that were mentioned. It felt very natural and it was nice to read a world where the characters were allowed to be and there was no repercussions for that. It was a very nice surprise to stumble upon. Audio: This audiobook was an incredible example of how to have two different voice actors that compliment each other's characters. Talins voice actor was steady and calm which allowed her to keep her characters composure. While Red’s character was more lively and had more emotion to his actions and words. With the audiobook you could really tell that these two characters were distinct from each other while working to the advantage of the story. As per usual I listed to it at 1.5%-2% speed increase, and found all levels comfortable. The pacing works well slowed or sped up. Overall I believe the audiobook played a massive part in my enjoyment of this book. Final thoughts- Would I recommend this book? Yes, I definitely will be. Both physical and audio versions will be recommended to my followers on social media and customers in store.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)

    And I thought the cover of the first book was beautiful. BUT THIS?! It's absolutely BREATHTAKING! And the title, OMG I love it!! *hyperventilates* And I thought the cover of the first book was beautiful. BUT THIS?! It's absolutely BREATHTAKING! And the title, OMG I love it!! *hyperventilates*

  15. 5 out of 5

    pinky

    “what if you became my shield? and what if i became yours?” THE JERAMIN SHORT STORY OH MY GOD 8/28: “you said you want to go home... where’s home?” *here lies a marie lu stan, cos she completely destroyed me again with this book.* *im dead but my heart is full and happy*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    I hope Red and Talin reunite sooner rather than later

  17. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I received this book as an eARC audiobook from Netgalley. All opinions are my own! Mara has fallen and Talin has found herself on the side of the battle she never thought she'd be on. With her and Red separated by the Federation, what will it take for them to find their way to one another again? And will the Federation finally be brought down in the process? Or will it bring everyone else down with it? I think I devoured this book in about 24 hours, even with normal life events, because I simply c I received this book as an eARC audiobook from Netgalley. All opinions are my own! Mara has fallen and Talin has found herself on the side of the battle she never thought she'd be on. With her and Red separated by the Federation, what will it take for them to find their way to one another again? And will the Federation finally be brought down in the process? Or will it bring everyone else down with it? I think I devoured this book in about 24 hours, even with normal life events, because I simply could not put it down! The world that is built in this duology is unlike any other I've ever seen, and I loved every second of it. There is something about these characters and their stories that truly tugs at the heart and creates a book full of every emotion that's humanly possible. I also adored the narrators for this book! They were so skillful in being able to showcase the characters' emotions and really bring them to life. There were times where I was brought to tears just by the emotion in their voices and the way that they were telling the stories. If you're looking for a unique story with heartbreakingly human characters, these are the books for you!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Buddy read with Riya ❤️ omg omg omg I LOVED THIS BOOK. Damn, this is the first book I've finished since the start of September 🥲 Anyways, coming into this sequel I honestly forgot like half the things that happened in the first book so I kinda had to relearn the events which didn't take too long for me to get so don't worry if you are in the same position as me lol This book was filled with action packed sequences and I just couldn't put it down once I started because it was so fun and dark and I j Buddy read with Riya ❤️ omg omg omg I LOVED THIS BOOK. Damn, this is the first book I've finished since the start of September 🥲 Anyways, coming into this sequel I honestly forgot like half the things that happened in the first book so I kinda had to relearn the events which didn't take too long for me to get so don't worry if you are in the same position as me lol This book was filled with action packed sequences and I just couldn't put it down once I started because it was so fun and dark and I just wanted TALIN AND RED TO BE TOGETHER. After I finished Skyhunter I felt like something was missing which is why I didn't give it a full 5 stars, and I think it was because Red didn't have a POV in it. BUT, Red had a POV in Steelstriker and I'M SO GLAD HE DID because my heart is full now. And don't get me wrong, the plot for this one was pretty basic/nothing I've never seen before, but sometimes you just need a lil' basic in your life and Marie delivered as always.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel & Lindsey

    i'm happy to be sad. review coming soon!!!!! i'm happy to be sad. review coming soon!!!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    4.5 Stars A fantastic ending to a brilliant duology. I love the characters so much and the storyline qas fast paced and so interesting. Marie Lu does it again!

  21. 4 out of 5

    claire

    MARIE PLEASE

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anya Smith

    4.5* I'll write a proper review soon, but I'm too busy crying rn 4.5* I'll write a proper review soon, but I'm too busy crying rn

  23. 4 out of 5

    ❆Rushna❆

    Already excited but even more since we’re getting Red’s POV🥳

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    Thank you to Macmillian Audio and Netgalley for an ALC. WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR. BLOG || INSTAGRAM Duologies are a fickle beast. I have been disappointed quite a few times this year. Thank goodness, Steelstriker was not one of those books. As I received an ALC I wanted to first mention the audio book. I listened to Skyhunter via audio and Steelstriker had the same narrators. LOVED IT. Seriously fantastic. I was able to listen at 2.5x speed and had no trouble with the narration. They did an incredible Thank you to Macmillian Audio and Netgalley for an ALC. WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR. BLOG || INSTAGRAM Duologies are a fickle beast. I have been disappointed quite a few times this year. Thank goodness, Steelstriker was not one of those books. As I received an ALC I wanted to first mention the audio book. I listened to Skyhunter via audio and Steelstriker had the same narrators. LOVED IT. Seriously fantastic. I was able to listen at 2.5x speed and had no trouble with the narration. They did an incredible job and would highly recommend! Now the book itself, ohhhhh the ACTION [and the pain]. This book is not light-hearted or for the feint of heart. Full of drama and intrigue as page by page I wasn’t sure who would survive. With that, there were some times I felt the book was slow (most of the middle). Some scenes and portions of the plot didn’t seem to work towards fulfilling the ultimate goal that was set-up in book one. It came noticeable enough to mention, but luckily the rest of the book carried over well. And I would have desperately loved even more romance. I adore Red and Talin. These incredible brave, tough and scarred souls who found each other amidst everything crumbling around them. Wow I couldn’t get enough of their connection and the handful of moments I got with them on the same page. Gratefully, those needed taken down are and the world can start grappling with all that has befallen their nations. I’m glad for an epilogue (that was necessary) to tie up some plot points and give a glimpse at the future. Overall audience notes: - YA Fantasy - Language: very little - Romance: kisses to one implied closed door - Trigger/Content Warnings: war themes, mutilation and medical experimentation, torture, poisoning, blood and gore depiction, executions

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi

    The queen of SFF/dystopia does it again 😩As with all of Marie's finales, I feel so empty after finishing this duology :( I would say that I want to go back and reread Steelstriker all over again, but the first half was emotionally draining and I don't know if I want to go through that a second time. My heart hurt so much for Talin, Red, Jeran, Adena, and Aramin during that first half omg. I was honestly so scared to turn the next page after what these characters were going through. Also, the dual The queen of SFF/dystopia does it again 😩As with all of Marie's finales, I feel so empty after finishing this duology :( I would say that I want to go back and reread Steelstriker all over again, but the first half was emotionally draining and I don't know if I want to go through that a second time. My heart hurt so much for Talin, Red, Jeran, Adena, and Aramin during that first half omg. I was honestly so scared to turn the next page after what these characters were going through. Also, the dual-POV between Talin and Red carried this book. These two characters are so in love with one another and honestly just love so fiercely and it was so beautiful to see. I want to go back and reread Skyhunter because I read that so many months ago and I had forgotten all the little moments that they shared in that book. Overall, this duology might be my favorite work of Marie Lu, if not tied with Legend, and I highly recommend it to any SFF lover out there! I'm so excited for Marie's next novel because apparently it's not SF or Fantasy, which is super intriguing 👀

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dayla

    I hadn't realized that this was only a duology until I reached a point in this book where things were starting to come together. This is what happens when you don't read a synopsis before you start a series. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I think there was some great commentary on social issues happening in our world and the use of language was really intriguing. In this one we get to see the true cruelty of the premier and it honestly enraging. We also learned a bit more about what made the I hadn't realized that this was only a duology until I reached a point in this book where things were starting to come together. This is what happens when you don't read a synopsis before you start a series. I thoroughly enjoyed this series! I think there was some great commentary on social issues happening in our world and the use of language was really intriguing. In this one we get to see the true cruelty of the premier and it honestly enraging. We also learned a bit more about what made the villain tick and I always find that knowing the history of a villain helps us understand why they're so evil in the first place. To me, a villain with a history is more terrifying than a villain being evil just for the sake of being evil. I'd recommend this series for those who want a different take on zombies (although this isn't exactly a zombie book), and for readers who want to see social commentary on refugees (for example) in their literature. Happy reading!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kat | katreadsit

    “Six months was all it took for my memories of a free, independent tomorrow to fade away. I’ve settled into the routine of life here, hope that things will stay the same, until I was reminded once again of how quickly everything can vanish. One instant, there’s a society, a set of steel walls, and a home. The next, there’s ash.” Steelstriker is a fast-paced, dark dystopian that is perfect for any Hunger Games fan. Although at times it felt like things were progressing rather quickly, I thoroughly “Six months was all it took for my memories of a free, independent tomorrow to fade away. I’ve settled into the routine of life here, hope that things will stay the same, until I was reminded once again of how quickly everything can vanish. One instant, there’s a society, a set of steel walls, and a home. The next, there’s ash.” Steelstriker is a fast-paced, dark dystopian that is perfect for any Hunger Games fan. Although at times it felt like things were progressing rather quickly, I thoroughly enjoyed this duology. It’s one I’m glad to own and one I’ll always recommend to someone who wants romance, a diverse found family and a dystopian that delivers. 4.5 ⭐️

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Last we saw our faves, Mara had been conquered by the Federation and Talin was about to be held prisoner by the Premier to serve and protect him. What would've been an easy no turns into a quick yes when he has now involved her mother and her life. Talin has no choice, and we end with her agreeing to his terms and waiting for this damn book. AND WHAT A BOOK. Talin has been with the Premier along with her mother, whose life is still always at risk if Talin doesn't behave. She is ripped apart bit b Last we saw our faves, Mara had been conquered by the Federation and Talin was about to be held prisoner by the Premier to serve and protect him. What would've been an easy no turns into a quick yes when he has now involved her mother and her life. Talin has no choice, and we end with her agreeing to his terms and waiting for this damn book. AND WHAT A BOOK. Talin has been with the Premier along with her mother, whose life is still always at risk if Talin doesn't behave. She is ripped apart bit by bit and put back together to become the Premier's very own Skyhunter. Forced to leave her friends in the dark and completely behind, she is alone with a monster and forced to obey his every demand. Red, Jeran, Aramin and Adena have no idea if she is even alive, but their names are always in each other's minds. Red especially tries to reach for her through the link and it has always been unsuccessful until maybe it isn't anymore? Red has no idea what to expect from someone who has been with the enemy this long and survived. Talin doesn't want to see any of her friends if it means they are closer to being in danger, but this prison is her own personal hell without bars and she is determined to set her and her mom free. Marie Lu is easily one of my favourite authors in YA but also in general. She has delivered an amazing and unique story time and time again, and this sequel is no different. I loved Skyhunter and was thrilled to have a reason to reread it (I'm on a rereading ban for a little to try and power through my TBR) and then reading Steelstriker? JESUS. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE. Marie's writing is fantastic. She keeps you locked and loaded on your stress arc for the whole series. My brain doesn't ever see peace because I'm so anxious for these characters and I love that so much about this series (and her others too tbh). Steelstriker gives the reader Red's POV AND!!! WHEN I SAW THIS I YELLED. I love an unexpected lead male POV and I love it more when it's Red's LOL. Talin has always been determined and headstrong, looking to help herself and her mother survive after being forced out of the place they once called home. She has been talked down to, dismissed, disrespected, and underestimated, and everything she has ever done from Skyhunter until now has been to prove her abilities and show us how badass she is. She has gotten knocked down and refuses to let herself fall. Steelstriker was exactly what I had hoped for in the series. Marie Lu is one of my authors who always knows how to tie her series up and together in the end and I respect her so much for it. I learned it with the Legend series very early on and have trusted my heart and sanity in her hands ever since. Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Macmillan for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenzie

    I'm so excited today she posted on her Instagram story that It was have both ren and talins pov I'm so excited today she posted on her Instagram story that It was have both ren and talins pov

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    4 Stars! I probably would have enjoyed this one more if I would have re-read the first book, but I still very much enjoyed the finale to this duology. Marie Lu is one of my favorite YA authors, and this new duology tops that list. After I read Skyhunter, I was obsessed with the story! I LOVED it, so of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! I would say I liked this book a lot, but it took me about half the book to really get into it. Steelstriker is the second book in the Skyhunter 4 Stars! I probably would have enjoyed this one more if I would have re-read the first book, but I still very much enjoyed the finale to this duology. Marie Lu is one of my favorite YA authors, and this new duology tops that list. After I read Skyhunter, I was obsessed with the story! I LOVED it, so of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! I would say I liked this book a lot, but it took me about half the book to really get into it. Steelstriker is the second book in the Skyhunter world, and this book picks up after the events in the first book. Mara has fallen to the Federation, and Talin has been turned into a Skyhunter and must do Premier’s bidding to keep her mother alive. Red, Jeran, and Adena are in hiding and building up a resistance against the Federation, and Red is hoping to find Talin and rescue her from the Premiere. Even with the bond between Red and Talin weaking, Red sets off to find Talin and her mother. I loved that we got Red’s point of view in this book. When I saw his point of view before chapter 1, my eyebrows went so high in shock, I couldn’t wait to read more! Not only does it make sense to have two points of view since Red and Talin were separated for most of the book, but his character also became one of my favorites because of the new point of view. Sometimes in YA books with alternating points of view, I have a hard time telling the difference between the character voices, but Marie Lu did a fantastic job like always distinguishing her characters. Plus the way she writes the secondary characters is spot on! Because these books are so short, it dives right into the action and intrigue. I also noticed that the world building and descriptions is done through the first-person narrative as we go along with the characters. It’s never overly complicated or descriptive, but while Talin is walking through the market, she’ll describe the color of the banners and the people she is passing that will help set the world for the readers. It’s a very easy way for readers to get into a new fantasy/dystopian world. This book has romance, gore, violence, plot twists, action, and intrigue and has made the list of new dystopian books for my students to read for the dystopian unit! What a fantastic ending to this duology! *Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillian Children’s for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have my copies preordered!

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