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Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of Secondborn, The Hunger Games, and Maze Runner, this dark dystopian tale of survival, intrigue, and slow-burn romance will grip you until the very last minute.

My name is Maia Graystone: prisoner, rebel, and reluctant savior of a dying world.

In exactly 552 hours, an asteroid will end life as we know it. Not that my life is anything to brag about. Trapped inside a hellish prison, my days consist of surviving the other inmates and the bounty on my head.

Then a mysterious benefactor offers the impossible: a chance to compete in the Shadow Trials and win a coveted spot on the space station above our dying world.

But the opportunity comes at a steep price. Partner with a dashing psychopath, enter the court that once condemned me to death, survive the ruthless trials created by my own mother, and kill the emperor - the very man who's hunting me.

In this cunning game of life and death, nothing is as it seems and everyone expects me to fail. But they forgot one tiny detail.

Never underestimate the girl with nothing left to lose.

Dare to enter the gritty world of Shadow Fall, where tyrants rule, misfits reign, and antiheroes are tasked with saving the world. If you like enemies-to-lovers romance, high-octane action, and epic themes of good versus evil, you'll binge this roller coaster of emotions late into the night!

©2016 Audrey Grey (P)2020 Audrey Grey

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Great first book

This was a very good first book starting a dystopian series. I enjoyed it and was able to get into it pretty much from the moment I started the book. There was definitely a lot of angst in this story but it worked with these characters and this plot. It was very good and I kept on wanting to know more about it. I never wanted it to stop and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. The world building is so good and the characters felt very real to me. The narrator did a very good job bringing these characters to life and making them feel even more real.

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Too Predictable and Depressing

I got so close to the end of this audiobook before I finally threw in the towel and stopped listening. She killed off one too many of her likable characters for me. Someone else left a review about how every "nice" character gets killed off, and it's true, except for the two main characters. Not only that, but most die by sacrificing themselves for the good of others. When I realized Grey was about to kill off yet another character I liked, I cheated and read ahead in the ebooks, and yep, each character I liked was predictably killed off, and at least three sacrificed their own lives like they were Spock, which got redundant. It was very frustrating. I read to escape, and this was not a fun escape. To add insult to injury, one of the most dislikable characters survives.

It is also so derivative of other books, especially The Hunger Games trilogy. There is even a trick that is played in this trilogy that is similar to the trick played on Katniss near the end of Mockingjay. Ever since the Hunger Games, it's like YA authors think they have to have a lot of character death and angst in order for their books to be popular and taken seriously, which simply makes them real downers. I hated how The Hunger Games series ended on such a depressing note of hopelessness - how Kat's whole life was messed up afterwards. I don't read to get depressed, and this trilogy is an exercise in futility. I regret the money and time I spent getting attached to these characters, and I am glad I had not bought the second or third audiobooks yet.

I also felt the world building was too rushed, or maybe it's just harder to follow in an audiobook than when you can read the text yourself. I felt like some details were left out or confusing.

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I was hooked!

Very well written. Great characters, amazing storyline, perfect world. I was hooked from the beginning!

Narration was brilliant!

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  • 04-15-21

pre apocalyptic romance

so far this author does a great job writing stories but this one is definitely darker then I like. she does a great job of describing the complex emotions and interactions of the characters. it's a slow burn romance

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I tried to like this story, but the narrator was annoying and the story did not hold my interest.

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The best dystopian series ever!

I loved this book- which really surprised me to be honest, because I usually am not kept interested by most books of the Dystopian genre. Maia Greystone, and Riser together assume new identities to try and take down the Emperor. The narrator does a great job individualizing each character and I was enthralled to the last word. I immediately downloaded the entire series and finished it in days. I recommend this book to anyone- even if you think Dystopian isn’t your thing!!

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book 2 😶

great story once it gets going and seems really interesting unfortunately i have one complaint I can get book 3 on here but not 2 its really upsetting.

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Good start to the series!

The book started off a little on the slow side but really started to grab my attention about half way through. I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I felt she rushed it or maybe it was just her voice. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the series

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Shadow rise audiobook?

Does anyone know why there is no audiobook for shadow rise? There are audiobooks for this one and the third book but nothing for the second.

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This book is very intense . Mama is a prisoner just trying to stay alive . There are many twists and turns in this book and a bit of a love triangle . This is my second series by this author and they both have wonderful world building. The narration was spot on and conveyed a lot of angst .

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 12-22-20

Great

This is my first book by Audrey Grey and I enjoyed listening to it. Heather Costa’s narration was very good.

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  • inga
  • 09-23-20

One of my favourite books this year

I received a free audio copy of this book directly from the author for an honest review.

Ignore the other reviews, this is not another hunger games honestly this has to be one of my favourite books I’ve listened to this year. This book pulled me in and made me want to stop what I was doing and just listen and enjoy even though that’s the whole point of audiobooks id you can do other things. 😅 The world that was created and technology was so fascinating especially when you started out in the depths of the pit. The characters were cleverly thought out and each had a purpose and properly fleshed out and meaningful. The plot was well paced and full of intrigue. I just can’t wait for book 2.

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  • trufriends
  • 09-08-20

new series

sucked me in from the start and hold my attention throughout. Looking forward to listening to more.

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  • Becks
  • 09-04-20

Best book I’ve ‘read’ in a long time

Absolutely brilliant, grips you from the start. Great chemistry between all the characters and I just couldn’t stop listening. The narrator is great.

Story a bit like hunger games but much better. Can not recommend this book enough. You won’t be disappointed!

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  • Amy
  • 09-01-20

Shadow Fall

I struggled with this , I don't no if it was the story line or just the characters. I just couldn't get into it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-20

I really need book 2!

This is a little different to Audrey Grey’s other series but I loved it all the same. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!