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Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in Steelstriker the riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from number-one New York Times best-selling author Marie Lu

As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny.

But Mara has fallen. And its destruction has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmare.

With her friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, Talin is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. She has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter.

Red is no stranger to the cruelty of the Federation or the torture within its Skyhunter labs, but he knows this isn’t the end for Mara - or Talin. The link between them may be weak, but it could be Talin and Red's only hope to salvage their past and safeguard their future. 

While the fate of a broken world hangs in the balance, Talin and Red must reunite the Strikers and find their way back to each other in this smoldering sequel to Marie Lu’s Skyhunter.

A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

©2021 Marie Lu (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Great work by Natalie, not so much by the other

I loved the writing, it definitely was a fantastic ending to the duology.

My main issue lies in the narrator they got for Red. He isn't anything over the top impressive, but my main beef is the fact he didn't seem to listen to how Natalie voiced the characters in the first novel and during her parts and just... made up his own interpretation of how the characters sounded, which was nothing like Natalie had been doing. It ranged from annoying to obnoxious throughout and would have only taken a little effort on his part to try and match the character voices.

He also wasn't the best with intonation, often stressing weird syllables that would leave me wishing for Natalie to pick up the narration again whenever the POV changed.

Not the worst narrator I've listened to and certainly bearable, but it seems very silly to come into a project that has already been established and not try to at least match what had already been done.

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Male narrator frustrated me

I loved the female narrarator (Natalie) but I feel the male narrators (Raymond) parts with the exception of Red were way off base. It was severely distracting every time he spoke as another character. Other that that I was happy with the story. I'd give her 5 star on performance and him a 1.

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Great story

And yet it is a love story. In a future war torn world. Found it interesting.

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Great story, poor male voices

Not that I could do much better, but Raymond Lee’s voice for anyone other than Red makes them sound like a pouty child, it ruined Jarron’s character for me in this book.

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Good; Some scenes tough to get through

This book was good, but in all honestly a tough read. Tough because she does such a good job showing us the cruelty of the Carensa federation. I think for that reason, I prefer the first book; less torturous moments.There was some romance and good friendship scenes to balance it. I could have done with a few more. The ending wraps up the series, so you can look forward to a clear end. My favorite parts of this book were all of the additional scenes with Jeran. He's an excellent character, and his relationship with Aramin is focused on somewhat in the book, so you have that to look forward to! As for Talin and Red, you'll have to wait and see.

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I couldn’t have asked for a better ending

When I first saw the first SkyHunter book I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like this series. I decided to give it a try though. It wasn’t in my normal genre, but I thought I would give something new a try. I quickly fell in love with SkyHunter, and I loved all the action in it. However Skyhunter left off at a huge cliffhanger. I was dying to find out what would happen next. I couldn’t wait for Steelstriker to come out.
It has taken me a couple of days to finish this audiobook and I don’t regret a single second. This book was as good if not even better than SkyHunter. I love that we get to hear from Red‘s point of View too. I also love how much Talon grows. She goes from a fighter, to almost hopeless, then she becomes triumphant. I honestly couldn’t have envisioned a better end for the series if I’d tried.