City of the Falling Sky (Seckry Sequence series) by Joseph Evans

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Official Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

“When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.
Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.
Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the silent complex. But the worms aren’t the only thing that he finds. Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is something that makes Seckry’s heart almost stop.

A girl.


She’s shaking, petrified, and has no recollection of who she is or what she’s doing there.
Floodlights bleach the area and Seckry has no choice but to grab a hold of the girl and escape with her.
Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms becomes the last thing on Seckry’s mind. What were Endrin doing with a human?

My Review:

Seckry Sevenstars is a young man who gets relocated to Skyfall City with his mother and sister, Leena. At first, Seckry is certain that he will not adjust to his new life, but gradually, to his surprise, he meets great friends and starts to enjoy his new home. Then, he receives an email that wants to send him on a quest to steal worms from Endrin Cooperation for an amazing sum of money; he accepts the mission. Then he finds a girl and so on.

The first thing that stood out to me were the names. The last and sometimes the first names of all the characters were odd, “Thumbsuckle” or “Gobbledee”, which I thought was rather interesting. However, they didn’t really match the science fictional environment.

Of course, Seckry leads an uprising of sorts, nothing as big as other dystopian novels, but it’s an uprising no less. What bugged me was that everyone seemed immediately willing to help him. There were adults that didn’t know him at all and yet bent themselves backwards trying to help him. I didn’t know why and I still don’t know why. Almost all of these people endangered their lives, jobs, or both for a teenager, why? What did they see in him? It didn’t make sense to me. Everything seemed to just plop in his lap right when he needed it to. If something wasn’t working or he was just about to get hurt, something or someone would arrive just in time to save the day. If I was Seckry, nothing would look bleak because I would know that it’s definitely going to work out for me.

The characters were all interesting, but some of them just didn’t have any point to be in the story. They came off as “plot-pushers” and I was disappointed that they were in there. I wish I could have learned more about Seckry’s sister, Leena, she talked here and there, but I didn’t know much about her.

There were inconsistencies like why, if the worms Seckry stole are so valuable, aren’t they guarded more heavily? If a teenager can just infiltrate the place where they’re kept and all that will stop him is a security camera, what’s stopping anyone else? Also, if everything is so heavily regulated by Endrin, including music, why weren’t the two emails that Seckry received that were against Endrin intercepted? Seckry also chats about taking down Endrin almost everywhere he goes without much thought to who might be listening, yet there are no repercussions. That isn’t very realistic.

There was also, possibly, an undertone message towards Christianity that I just wanted to point out. Seckry Sevenstars is apparently named after Seckraman Sevenstars, son of Gedin, who is the “savior” of the world, because he saved the world from a giant meteorite. Since then, people have worshiped him in a religion. At the end of the book, it turns out that Seckraman is not real (technically). I don’t know if Evans purposefully made this story very similar to Jesus Christ’s, (Who is the Son of God, and came to save the world), but it’s still obviously close. It can most definitely be taken as an attack on Christianity, and whether it is meant to be, I won’t claim to know. However, I think that it was a poor decision to include such a thing in the book because of how it could be interpreted.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was an entertaining read and the ending was a rather well done cliffhanger. I, as per usual, will not be continuing the series, but I would recommend this book for an easy and light read. It had an interesting plot, some farfetched situations, but interesting nonetheless.

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