Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier Rodriguez (“X”) fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home.
Michael Everheart — the boy once known as Tin — has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.
When a mysterious distress signal calls the Hell Divers to the surface, Michael and his loyal team begin to uncover long-buried truths and the secrets Captain Jordan will do anything to keep. They dive so humanity survives but will they survive the ultimate betrayal?
If you’re into post-apocalyptic books dealing with intense world building and extreme situations, you will absolutely adore this one!
The scenes are action packed and you get to know each hell-diver in detail. Character flaws and all. My main issue with this book is that for someone who HASN’T Read the first one, this book appears as a mess. It relies massively on previously built concepts and has no recap (at least a bit) to find out who’s who. I liked the story though, enough to make me go and find the first book and give it a go.
The second book of the series picks up a decade after the first book, and focuses on some of the younger characters from the first book and places them as the primary antagonists for this story.
Every mutant creature on the surface is a predator, and apparently has proliferated, yet there is no mention of any docile ‘non-predator’ creatures they feed on, and no evidence of them. It seems the monster mutants have survived for hundreds of years off the Hell Divers delivered by the surviving air ships. Without giving away a spoiler, it was explained that some of the creatures are attracted to and even seem to feed on radiation, but yet they have thoroughly infested a rad proof bunker.
Smith still does fairly well of pacing the story and building suspense and describing the action. Some of the character interaction is a bit lacklustre, but for the most part the characters you are supposed to like are likable and the ones you aren’t, aren’t.