Spoilers will begin.... now.
Let me just start by saying while yes I enjoyed this story, I was confused at points in time! This story started in what I believe is California, but is now something considered the New Faith and the human world is now being ruled by what is called the Cloud Lords.
The first chapter starts with the main Character Chloe sneaking out to go to a party that is forbidden, all because her crush Wayne is at the party and she can’t stand the thought of him with someone else! On the way to the party through Chloe’s eyes we get a glimpse of what the world is now like. All houses are burned down, falling down, or pillaged through, and the people that are left are in a tiny community together.
The party is being held at an old abandoned Library building, and it is your typical teenage party. During the party the DJ stops the music and says he has a game that he wants to teach them a “game from the past age.” Come to find out this game is spin the bottle! Well it is Wayne's turn to spin and Chloe desperately wants the bottle to land on her. This is where we find out that Chloe secretly has magic powers, because when the bottle lands on Lillian (her rival for Wayne) Chloe moves the bottle telepathically to make it land on her. Little do we know as readers witches are burned when they are discovered, and something as small as what Chloe did classifies her as a witch! Now everyone at the party believes she needs to die….
We then come to the party being broken up by what I believe are cops, all of the kids are put on a chain so they can face punishment, while Chloe and Wayne escape through a back route and run away. Chloe is ultimately caught and brought to a jail where she is sentenced to be burned without a trial!
Now let me just add the above has all happened within the first 50 pages of this prequel, and it is literally just one thing to the next, and there is very little elaboration on the author's part. I was very confused for the first half of this story.
We then continue to Wayne breaking Chloe out of the jail, and them running away! Chloe is so smitten with Wayne that she is planning her future with him, and is hoping that his actions are because he wants to be with her. Chloe and Wayne make it to an abandoned farmhouse where they think they will be safe. While at the farm house Chloe and Wayne are talking when Chloe learns Wayne is already promised to Lillian and he plans on running back to her and getting married after he gets Chloe to another colony safely. Chloe decides that she is not going to risk Wayne's life and sneaks out while he is sleeping. While she is trying to make it to the next colony she sees a war going on in the sky between Night Flyers and Cloud Lords. The Night Flyer is knocked from the sky and Chloe sees him fall so she goes to investigate.
(This is when I feel the book started to make more sense.) Chloe goes to examine what falls from the sky when she sees a naked man. Ultimately we learn that Night Flyers are like Vampires and they shift to a bat form and Cloud Lords are dragons that shift into humans as well. Chloe feels as though she has a special connection to the Night Flyer, and refused to leave him to die where he is. While she is examining his body Wayne finds her and after much argument she gets Wayne to help her get the Night Flyer back to a farmhouse up ahead.
While at the farm house Patrolman from their colony find them and try to take Chloe and Wayne back to the colony so they can burn Chloe for being a witch. While they are trying to take the two gun fire takes place, and the army shoes up (they were looking for the Night Flyer that just happens to be in the farm house!) The army ends up saving Chloe and taking her and the night Flyer with them, saving Chloe from death!
During the ride in the jeep back to wherever the army is taking Chloe and the Night Flyer the Captain proposes that Chloe join them at the program ( although it isn’t really an option). The Captain does not elaborate on what the program entails, he just tells Chloe he is interested in what her future will hold!
To me this book has many promising factors. Vampires, dragons, shifters, Witches, secret programs, a different world where dragons and vampires live? All of that to me should make for an amazing series! I hope that in the next installment we get to learn more about what’s going on in this new world and hopefully more things make sense! I can say that I am patiently awaiting Beata Blitz’ next release!!!