Author: Laura Josephsen
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Rising Book 1: Resistance" from Amazon -All Alphonse wants is a quiet summer at home before his final months at university. What he gets is a half-dead stranger on his doorstep and the task of delivering a package to the leader of his home country. Not long after he boards a train toward the capital, he's attacked by knights, elite soldiers of the neighboring king. Alphonse is temporarily rescued by Mairwyn, a mechanic with a haunted past and a deep hatred of knights. Together, they attempt to carry out Alphonse's urgent errand, only to learn that if they fail, countless people will die. And even if they succeed, they may not be able to prevent the war that lurks on the horizon. (Book 1 of 2)
My first impressions of the book were the fact that I couldn't put it down! The main character, Alphonse starts out having a bad encounter with some angry cows at the start of his summer break and it only gets worse from there. A strange man showing up at his door, being chased by members of the "military" and making friends with Mairwyn - a secretive young woman that works as a mechanic. The book was incredibly well written! I couldn't stop reading it. All of the characters were full of secrets and captivating. At times, I wasn't really sure who to trust, but things kept changing and the book twisted right when I thought I could guess the next turn. The story was rich and exciting! The first part was written in Alphonse's POV and the second in Mairwyn's. I liked getting the chance to read both characters.
Romantic Element: The love element in the story was subdued and wonderful. Alphonse and Mairwyn don't start out well and things are rocky between them. She really kinda hates him, but the way that the author writes the changes in their relationship and how they grow is inspiring. I won't ruin it for you, but these two characters... I loved them! :)
Overall: I am eagerly awaiting the continuation of this story! I was so sad when I reached the end of the book. Alphonse and Mairwyn grow so much throughout the novel and you just have to know more about them! I admit that one of my favorite minor characters was little Ellery - what a stinker and so cute! The plot kept me engaged and it was amazing! I definitely recommend this book to anyone! You will not regret it! The world that Laura wrote is simply beautiful and complex. I wish I had wings and lived in such a beautiful place, just not the war part. I haven't read a book so well-written in a long time. Please, you will seriously fall in love with Alphonse and Mairwyn! I can't wait to read the second book! :)