Title: Amber Sky (Dark Sky .25)
Author: Amy Braun
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Steampunk
About Amber Sky (A Dark Sky Novella):
Press-ganged into servitude by a ruthless band of marauders who survived the devastating Storm, Nash has grown tired of his career– the young, undefeated champion of the Stray Dog fighting pits. All he longs for is a place to live where his family is not his enemy.
When his captain gives him an assignment to embed him deeper into the crew, Nash attempts to refuse, until the life of his friend is threatened. Determined to save her, Nash embarks on the mission to subjugate and control a supplier. But the supplier has other clients, one of which could be the son of the most feared pirate captain in all of Westraven.
And if Nash plays his cards right, the key to his deeply desired freedom, if he can live with the consequences of his choice…
Set two years before the events of CRIMSON SKY, this prequel novella tells the story of how Nash and Sawyer crossed paths– and fists. While best enjoyed before reading CRIMSON SKY, this bonus story can be read at any time or enjoyed as a standalone.
My Rants and Raves of Amber Sky
For a novella, Amber Sky is full-blown, action packed. From the very beginning, we are thrown into a bruising and bloody fighting pit that is used to appease the masses with entertainment. As a first-person narrator, Nash, the main character and a strong fighter, sets up a story that is raw and gritty. The details of his life as a fighter are brutal but engaging.
I liked Nash as a character, because his motives are unselfish. He comprehends that his strength is a useful tool to help those around him. He tries to displace himself from his hard past, survive the present, and hope for a better future for himself and the others that he cares about. Throughout the novella, he is always questioning himself and those around him, but in the end I think he makes the best, rational choices.
Amber Sky is about hope, strength, compassion, and surviving. I often found elements of humor shadowed in the plot line’s dusty path. And as a short read, I liked that this humor is very reminiscent of one of my favorite shows, Firefly. I have not read any of the other Dark Sky books, but this prequel is a great introduction into its dirty, grimy, and ruthless, apocalyptic world.