Kit’s only goal is to stay alive. Right now, that means dodging brutal gangs while peddling fake I.D.s on the back streets of Winnipeg. But things get complicated when Kit sells a license to a girl named Aura—a girl who could almost be her twin. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit is plunged into an underground society with heart-stopping surprises at every turn. To protect herself, she’s forced to assume Aura’s identity. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and when Kit learns the truth about Aura, she knows she has to get out before the storm breaks. There’s only one problem: escape isn’t an option.
Suddenly, staying alive just got a lot harder.
WHAT I THOUGHT
Katie Robison’s Downburst was just what I needed. I was in a bit of a reading slump, reading a few books at the same time but nothing really grabbing my attention. I wanted to read a book which whispered to me, ‘Go on, read some more, you know you want to, don’t put me to bed yet.’ So the search was on, which book should I pick up next? I actually thought my odds of choosing the ‘right’ book quite slim so I didn’t have high expectations. I read a few reviews for a few books waiting on my shelves and after reading some good reviews for Downburst I decided to give it a try. Boy did I pick the right book!!
Downburst is Katie Robison’s debut YA novel and it is set to be a great series – The Windstorm Series. I completely agree with many others who have said this series will rival The Hunger Games. Now, I need to be careful not to give too much away here. I can say that although the blurb sounds quite exciting enough in itself it most certainly does not even come close to illustrating just what this book is about……..oh, the last line is pretty good! You will be surprised, just know that.
Katie Robison has obviously given thought to how she was going to present the world in Downburst as the details are such that it makes this make-believe fiction setting seem real. I certainly could picture in my mind the environment/setting for the story, the descriptions were more than sufficient to open up that creative part of my brain and conjure up a picture that fit. The characters were an interesting bunch but I know we’ve just scratched the surface with some of them; hopefully there will be more to come in the following books. I did like seeing snapshots from Kit’s past and of course can’t wait to see an even bigger picture for the future!
The storyline was great, started off with a bang and ended with a………well let’s just say it ended leaving a definite want for more! Right from the start I didn’t want to put this book down and that continued all the way through and when I did happen upon that last page I still didn’t want to put it down! Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn’t conjure up even just another 100 pages, let alone the 300 I really wanted. I just love when a book leaves you feeling like that! Well done, Katie Robison!
Fantastic start to the series! Loved the ending of the first book! Can’t wait to see what will happen next!
Word of advice – get your hands on this one if you haven’t already
Many thanks to Katie Robison for providing me with a copy of Downburst – thank you, Katie!