Shadows of Tomorrow : Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. All that stand in their way are the Defenders led by Gareth Walker who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth’s one advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.
For the past decade the Defenders have held back the incursion, but now a new portal opens, bringing something that Gareth did not see coming. As he must find a way to stop this new threat, he starts a quest for answers. He must learn how the war began and find a way to stop them once and for all.
All the while, he is aware of a shadow in his future a moment he can’t see past. Will stopping the Outsiders cost him everything? – Goodreads
Shadows of Tomorrow Review
Shadows of Tomorrow is a well-written science fiction book by Jessica Meats. There’s intrigue, action, imagination, and love all wrapped up into a frenetic ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I’ve never read anything by her before, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for books from her in the future. The premise isn’t really ‘new’, but the way she writes it makes it feel as though it is. I didn’t have the “been there, read that” sensation that I have with so many books. Instead, I constantly needed to know what was going to happen next.
My favorite character in Shadows of Tomorrow was Cassie. I think this was because she felt the most real out of the lot. It’s hard to understand how the other characters can be so selfless and brave without knowing their backstories. Cassie gives us a chance to see inside the head of a new defender. Her thoughts and vulnerabilities make her that much more relatable. You can easily put yourself in her position and know that you’d probably be thinking and feeling the same things as her.
There were a couple of moments in Shadows of Tomorrow that really caught my attention and drew me in. But I have to say that I think the author particularly nailed the ending. I was already interested, but the ending had me putting off everything (including much-needed sleep) to get through it. I can’t go into details for obvious reasons, but the way she wrote it made it a scene straight out of a last-stand sci-fi movie. There was a perfect amount of emotion, snark, laughter, and bravery that just shone. I loved it.
I thought that the premise that the author presented us with in Shadows of Tomorrow was well thought out and executed. The various twists and turns that she took us on as the layers of the story were peeled back were great. The only thing I really didn’t particularly care for was the relationship between Gareth and Myra. I know that it was important to the book, but if any part of it felt overdone/weak, it was that part.
I’m normally a fan of Jake Urry’s narration. He has the perfect voice for narrating horror books. He’s able to send chills down your spine with his slow, deliberate pacing and gravely voice. However, I can’t honestly say I’d willingly listen to another science fiction book narrated by him. He did okay in Shadows of Tomorrow (once I increased the playback speed), but his voice just doesn’t suit it well.
This was an excellent book (albeit one that would have been better served by a different narrator) and I’d recommend you give it a try.