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Quite honestly, VALIANT is one of the most intriguing and fast-paced science fiction books I have read in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I have read books that have had me feeling like I was a part of that world but VALIANT had a different feel. From page one VALIANT takes off and doesn't slow down for a moment. VALIANT was a page turner that had me flying through the pages with my heart pounding to find out what was going to happen next.

I liked Sara's character a lot, as she was smart and insightful. Sara is an average teenage girl who is just trying to survive in the near future and keep her friends and family safe. Valiant was supposed to save the earth but instead it opened the door to the Xua invasion. But out of the millions of people in the world, Sara's younger brother, Gabe, is the key to saving the world.

"VALIANT was a page turner that had me flying through the pages with my heart pounding to find out what was going to happen next."

In the first invasion Sara watches as all her friends die and Gabe is killed, but an Xua rebel rescues Sara and shows her the secret of time travel and soon Sara has relived the same horrible invasion over 14 times. This time this is the last time to save the world though and Sara will do everything in how power to keep Gabe and her friends alive --- even the boy she is finding herself falling in love with.

As much as I liked VALIANT I do wish there was more world building. There are still a lot of questions about the world currently, like where the Valiant was traveling to and where the Xua are exactly from. I also wish the genetic manipulation program that Justin was a part of before his birth was expanded upon, as it peaked my interest. The whole book revolves around Sara and Gabe and keeping Gabe safe from the Xua who are hunting him. But you never actually learn why Gabe and Sara are so important to the Xua.

Besides the world building, I really enjoyed VALIANT. I found Sara to be a relatable character and I was easily able to put myself into her shoes. As I said from the first page to the last VALIANT doesn't stop. Each page is action-packed and full of twists and turns that will leave you entranced until the very last page. Considering the ending, I am really eager to have my questions answered in the next book. Book 2, where you at?

Reviewed by Amber Shepherd on December 18, 2018

by Merrie Destefano