Barriers (The Solar Flare Trilogy book 1) by Patrick Skelton

This is the first book in the trilogy.

In the near future, Barrier domes shield the planet’s wealthiest cities from catastrophic solar flares, but only the healthy elite are granted protection. Those who are unable to prove their ability to work are sent to live in the Sanctuaries — camps outside the Barrier domes where residents have little-to-no protection from flares. It’s brutal living there.

Nathan Gallagher is one of the lucky ones who lives inside a Barrier. But his luck runs out when his adopted son suffers a paralyzing accident. He’s taken from his parents and sent to the Sanctuaries where it’s only a matter of time before they kill him.

With only days until another flare is due to strike Earth’s Sanctuary cities, not only does his son’s life hang in the balance, but the fate of a quarter billion people.

I enjoyed this book. The storyline was good, the characters were good, the plot developed at a good pace and I liked the post-apocalyptic concept.

The world of the barriers and flares was an interesting concept and I found it different. I liked the dystopian factors behind it.

Nathan was a great main character. He wanted to do the best by his family and was willing to do anything for them, even without completly thinking it through.

The time travel aspect with space was also an interesting concept. It did take me a little while to get in to the flow of the story and to understand the two timelines at the start, but once I did, I enjoyed it. It was clever how everything came together and made sense at the end and the little twist at the end was very unexpected.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It had an interesting concept, storyline and good characters. The aspects of space, time travel and dystopian features were good to read.

My rating: 4/5*

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