Monthly Gem: “Indestructible” By Emma L. Adams



Title:  Indestructible

Series:  Indestructible, Book 1

Genre:  Post-apocalyptic Fantasy

Age category Young Adult

Release Date:  January 12, 2016

Descriptive Blurb:  Two years ago, the fiends invaded, with a devastating explosion that split the world in two. Even now, energy blasts strike without warning, destroying everything in their paths. The fiends hunt anyone unlucky enough to escape.

My name is Leah. An energy blast killed my group. It should have killed me, too. Instead, I woke up alone in the wilderness, stalked by the fiends.

My only hope is the red-cloaked strangers who call themselves the Pyros. They can do the impossible and make flames shoot from their hands. Right now, my one chance for safety — and revenge — is with them.

But they’re keeping secrets from me. Like those skeletons hidden under their base. And the reasons I developed a psychic link with someone who can’t stand the sight of me — after he saved my life.

If I don’t uncover the truth about why the world ended the first time, my new safe haven might go up in smoke…

My Impressions:  Great hook at the start!  Not only a chaotic, but an interesting event, with some next-level imagery that burned a hole into my mind…Felt almost like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book (this is a good thing!).  Fast but steady pacing…thank goodness.  I tend to lose interest in books that have long sagging exposition in-between the major plot points.  Not a problem here.  The author weaves the explanations in seamlessly with the action so there’s kinda always something interesting going on.  Very engrossing.  I kept telling myself, ok, let me just get to the end of this one chapter so I can reach a stopping point…never really happened.  There was always some bizarre new situation developing that I had to see through to the end.  The result, I inhaled the book in one day.  Got zero work done.

World-Building: Unique in the sense that…its earth, but not the earth we know and love.  This version of earth is different…ravaged and war-torn…otherworldly.  The explanations of the changed order of society and some of the odd things that go on in the book are both cool and creepy at the same time…Post-invasion earth has a strangeness to it that makes the bizarre creatures and happenings in the book that much more believable.  Seriously some of that stuff made my skin crawl…(the weapons explanation…ewww!) but still, I craved more.  I mean, I wouldn’t want to live there, but I really enjoyed reading about it.

The Love Story:  Non-existent.  This is truly rare.  I generally need a central romance or a romantic subplot to sweeten the deal when I read.  However, this book is still a keeper even without either.  Eh, although, there was kind of a odd vibe going on between Leah and Cas towards the end…or am I chasing windmills here?  I suppose it’s a lil difficult to get in the mood when all your hair just got burned off in an energy blast and you’re running from murderous critters…*sigh*.

Minor Beefs:  A few isolated bits of dialogue/prose were too repetitive.  I realize the author’s probably doing this for emphasis, but still its better to say it a different way, otherwise that phrase becomes grating (like I said, minor beef).  Also, while the post-invasion world is totally believable (creepily so actually. I’ll be sleeping with my light on for the next few days!).  Two years is a sparse amount of time for an invasion, destruction of normal society, dust settling, and then a new society to have already developed.  This seems more like a 5 or 10-year process to me.  After an invasion & devastation like the one the author quite vividly describes (Earth is literally a hot mess!)…I would think that the world would still be reeling from it and likely lost in fallout and random chaos.  But hey, that’s just me.

Cliffhanger: ….NOOOOOO!  The fates of Jared?  Cas?  Nolan?  Leah?  All left a tad ambiguous…@#%&!  Sorry, I’m frustrated much.  Seriously, If I meet my maker before the next book comes out, my first question is…So, Eh, what happens with Cas and Leah?

The Verdict:  If I had three thumbs, theyd all be up.


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Emma AdamsAbout the Author:

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.


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