Book of Fire (The Book of Fire #1):Review

About the Book:

Title: Book of Fire 

Author: Michelle Kenney 

Publisher: Harper Collins HQ 

Release Date: August 27, 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Distopian


Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told. Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders.36003853._SY475_

Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret.

An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever.

She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?

The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator in this brilliant YA debut.






*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Book of Fire was the book I didn’t know I needed! A fast paced, enthralling ya dystopian that I highly recommend.

This story takes place after there’s been a nuclear war. Talia lives with her family in a village of treehouses as an Outsider. There are also Insiders, those who live inside the Lifedome, which was designed to protect people from the after effects of the bombs. The Insiders have been told that life outside of the dome is not possible, and Outsiders shouldn’t exist. The Outsiders home and lives are supposed to be a secret. An unexpected forest raid forces Talia on a precarious mission to save her family from the Insiders, while also protecting the book of Arafel from those who could potentially use it as a weapon. As Talia and her best friend Max enter the dome, she makes some completely unexpected discoveries, as well as some allies, including the mysterious Insider August, that will change her life forever.

I absolutely loved all the surprises in this book when it came to mythology, history and science! The world that Kenney created is so intriguing. There’s an unforgettable cast of characters, and a few stole a piece of my heart. Unus, here’s looking at you!

A great start to a series that I am excited to continue! If you like a fierce heroine, action, adventure, and some romance, I think you will enjoy this one.

About the Author:

I’m a firm believer in magic, and that ancient doorways to other worlds can still be found if we look hard enough. I’m also a hopeless scribbleaholic and, when left to my own devices, likes nothing better than to dream up new fantasy worlds in the back of a dog-eared notebook. Doctors say they’re unlikely to find a cure any time (14)

In between scribbling, I love reading, running, attempting to play bluegrass and beach treasure-hunting with my small people (dreamers-in-training).

Somehow, I have an LLB (hons) degree, an APD in Public Relations and I’m an Accredited Practitioner with the CIPR. But I’m definitely happiest curled up against a rainy window, with my nose in a book!

I’m represented by Northbank Talent Management, and love chatting all things book-related at Twitter: @mkenneypr and Instagram: @mich_kenneyauthor

Book of Fire is the first in a YAFantasy Trilogy published by HarperCollins HQ. City of Dust, Book 2, was published October 2018 (digital) and December 2018 (paperback), and Storm of Ash, the final instalment was published in December 2019 (Digital) and February 2020 (Paperback)

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