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Hero: The Hero Rebellion Book 1 | Belinda Crawford | Rachel

*This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Centuries ago humanity attempted to colonize the planet Jørn. Unfortunately the AI sent to determine suitability for colonization, Ayumon, did not take Pollen into account. Pollen attacks human brains and kills humans in a very bad way. To accommodate, humans created floating cities that stay above the clouds. Today, Hero is a young girl with a lifelong history of hearing the thoughts of others. She is forced to take medicines that she hates and always has a minder around. Her only comfort is her ruc-pard companion, Fisk. What she doesn't know is that her telepathy is a sign that the world of Jørn is changing. Not everyone wants that to happen.


I absolutely loved this world. The use of DNA for technology instead of wires and resistors was fascinating to me! Couple that with youths having half Terran half Jørnian animal companions and you've got me wanting to read more! The best part about this book, the aspect that sold me on reading it, no romance. You don't have to worry at all about a love story cluttering up this incredible read.

It isn't often that I come across a book that combines an incredible world and a great story. Often I only get one or the other. Hero, however, combines the two. This is the kind of book I'd love to see in another format (graphic novel, movie) because I want to see the technology in action. I would LOVE to see one of the races, with all of their traps, and the different animals that Jørn has to offer.

Yes, some of the bullying scenes in the first half of the book are kinda typical. The hero always gets bullied or fights bullies. But the means of bullying and fighting against them are incredibly interesting. If anything, I'd love to figure out how to create some programs of my own to mimic the bio-tech of their world like that.

This book is so different from many that I have read before. There are little details and bigger pictures that are so intriguing. I'm hoping there will be another book. This one ended on a great note to lead to continue the series. If you are at all interested in YA Sci-Fi without the hassle of a love story, and with a focus on new technologies and creatures, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this book!

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