Title: Dark Rain: Book 1 of the Aetherium Saga
Author: Jilly MacKenzie
Mature, dark, romantic sci-fantasy – star-crossed lovers like no other.
It is the year 2092, and Earth is changed.
Extreme action has been taken to heal the planet, leaving whole regions now abandoned. An all-powerful organisation governs the world with strict eugenics, and abnormalities are criminalised.
And now, our ancient creators, the Anunnaki, are regarding us with disdain. Fixed to return, and destroy.
A band of unlikely asylum escapees must fight to survive, led by Lenore Falkirk, a young undercover agent on a mission gone wrong. Their bonds will be tested as they struggle through a world now poised for planetary apocalypse, where both earthly and celestial factions will clash.
Filled with action, romance, adventure, and science fiction, Dark Rain is a book that has it all. This story follows Lenore Falkirk who is sent on a mission to study the Anuna, a type of alien who are believed to be the creators of mankind. Plunged into Drakestone, an asylum filled with interesting characters, Lenore makes friends with a handful of people and it’s there she learns about the oddest resident—a woman who goes by Anubis. After the asylum is destroyed and Lenore escapes with her handful of friends, along with Anubis, she learns that the woman is no ordinary human. Anubis is the key to reaching the Anuna.
This book is a real page turner and I loved how distinct and vivid each character was. My favorite in particular was Cat for all of her oddities. The various problems that each person was written with made them stronger as a whole and I can’t wait to see where the characters go in the rest of the series.