More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search for a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers: men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.
When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there’s something down there that’s far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past—something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.
Author: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: 19/06/2016
My Chosen Format: Kindle
My Rating for Hell Divers: 5 out of 5
Having not really sank my teeth into any science-fiction novels as of late, I decided to rectify that by diving (see what I did there …) straight into the Hell Diver series.
Hell Divers takes place two-hundred and fifty years after World War Three effectively destroyed the Earth; rendering it an uninhabitable world to live on. The only option was for humanity to live in vast airships (ironically, the very same airships that had dropped the bombs that doomed the Earth). These airships were not designed for long-term habitation. The only way to keep these ships afloat is by sending teams of divers down to Earth’s surface to find the resources from the ancient factories the ships were built in.
The concept was one that hooked me straight away. I love the whole idea of having to dive through the clouds back down to a radioactive surface in search of ship parts to keep humanity afloat. The novel pretty much delivered a darn awesome experience from start to finish. I am not the world’s fastest reader (mainly due to work and other commitments) but I managed to rip through this one in about four days (I only grab an hour or so a night, a little more if I’m lucky. Oh, if only I was a speed reader).
The action scenes were particularly good. The pacing of the battles were great and I could really feel my adrenaline pulsing when the Hell Divers got themselves in trouble. The author did a great job of building that anxious feeling of knowing something was just about to happen.
If I had to pick a couple of downsides to Hell Divers, I would say that, at times, certain character’s motivations/choices felt a bit strange given what they had going on in their lives. Some of the choices felt a tad forced. I also hated the fact that the main character was called Xavier. I really like that name, but I hate with an absolute passion the abbreviation ‘X’. I thought I was going to struggle reading it due to every other line having ‘X’ written on it but, to my surprise, it grew on me (or I at least was able to ignore it)
The ending was also the sort of ending that was both good and not what I wanted. It left me with a few different emotions ranging from happiness to feeling as though life was just incredibly unfair. I’m not saying it was a bad ending (it wasn’t) I just totally wasn’t expecting it. This goes back to the author’s skill of making you think something was going to happen only to just full deliver you a last minute gut-punch of a surprise.
I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the next in the series, if only I didn’t have a few other titles ahead of it in my reading list.