Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman is a quick read filled with action and a spooky sci-fi future. While it is a third book, it doesn’t rely heavily on the previous two and so can be read on its own if you are interested in the time travel and boot camp story more than the previous events. While I had some reservations, I did find it a fun and easy read.
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Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman (Boulton Quest #3)
Published by Author on June 14th, 2016
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 200 pages
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Thomas is swept into Robert Cain’s web of terror
He's forced to fight in a child army
Against the most evil of people
And learns the first casualty of war is the truth
“If you can’t trust yourself, Thomas, who can you trust?”
- Fighters, Feared and Fallen is above all an action story. The characters were constantly training to fight and trying to stay alive, making for a book you could easily finish in one sitting.
- For the most part, this book stands alone well. Since Thomas spends a lot of the book off training for a war, it is easy to jump into those dynamics without having read the previous two books.
- This third book takes the story much more into the science fiction with time travel and a futuristic war with all the fun technology that comes with it.
- At first I was excited to see two girls on the same squad as Thomas. Then they started literally fighting over him. In a situation where you are being trained for a war, it seems ridiculous to have so much romantic angst in the first place, but then to portray these two girls as so desperate to start attacking each other for Thomas’s attention? Yeah, no thanks.
- I found it strange how many important scenes were skipped over. Thomas is treated to video footage of the atrocities of the war every evening, but we don’t live those videos with him. It made it difficult to emotionally understand why he was convinced the war was worthwhile since I didn’t see all the horrible things that happened, just heard about them later.
- While the bootcamp storyline stands alone fine, the larger context of the series definitely felt lacking. There are frequent references to Robert Cain without enough details or flashbacks to let the reader know what happened previously. The relationships between all the characters from the previous books was obviously important to where they are now, but I didn’t know what those relationships were. Definitely would have liked a bit more information to really consider this a stand alone book.
Fighters, Feared and Fallen is a good introduction to this series’ focus on action with a bit of sci-fi to keep things interesting. I would have liked a bit more context to really connect with the characters, but the action was compelling enough to keep me interested.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Fighters, Feared and Fallen by N. D. Richman
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