Beneath the Fallen City by Jamie A. Waters tracks the life of a post apocalyptic young woman as she discovers her origins.
The world-build that Waters constructs appears to be Earth in a future where the cities have been destroyed by war and the ozone layer has been depleted, such that people on the surface require UV protection. The overlords dwelling the in towers rarely brave the surface, while the ruin rats and traders extract resources from the devastation. It’s clever and sets up obvious conflict right from the start.
The characters are well developed, beginning with our protagonist, Kayla. She is complicated, beautiful and intelligent, but her skills extend way beyond the typical. Her love interests, both of whom are also intriguing and believable, create a triangle that melds with the plot.
The story is excellent, and the pages turn themselves.
Other than the unnecessarily graphic sex scenes, I enjoyed the writing. One particular premise about the origins of the characters’ talents stretched credulity, but for the most part, the strength of the story allowed me to forgive what seemed to be relatively incongruous historical references. Perhaps this well be addressed in later parts of the series.
Finally, the ending allows for both a conclusion to the active story line while keeping alive the expectation for more in subsequent books.
Overall, it’s a great read, and I give it 5 stars.