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The Girl Who Found the Sun by Matthew S. Cox - Book Tour & Review


About The Girl Who Found the Sun

It started with the insects.

The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.

After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running out—and Raven Wilder knows it.

Her job fixing the machinery in the Arc makes her aware of how close everything is to breaking down. When the systems fail, the last survivors of the human race will suffocate in the tunnels meant to protect them from the deadly air outside—starting with the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, in an example of history repeating itself, those in charge dismiss her concerns.

When her six-year-old begins showing signs of oxygen deprivation, Raven refuses to go quietly into oblivion.

She will break every rule to keep her daughter alive.

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My Review
The Girl Who Found the Sun is a post-apocalyptic novel that feels eerily real and relevant in today's day and age. While we haven't reached anywhere near the level of disaster that has wiped out everyone save for the people hunkered down underground in this book, it could be considered plausible. 
The story, set many years in the future, takes place mostly in an underground location known as the Arc. 183 people currently live there, although it was meant to house 2000+ people. Those 183 people are all that's left of humanity. Or so they've been told. For many years. But the Arc is failing. And no one seems to care, except for the main character, Raven. It isn't until her six-year-old daughter, Tinsley, becomes sick that Raven decides it's time to take drastic action. Even though they've been told the air above ground is toxic and will melt people into puddles of goo, she knows she must risk it if she's going to save her daughter. What she discovers will change the lives of the people underground forever.
I enjoyed the story, although it does start out a little slow. Once you get to a certain point, though, it picks up, and things get intense. It's a race against time, and a matter of life and death. Raven is definitely a strong character. She's determined. She's protective. And she won't let anyone stop her. I also found the mention of the Plutions to be both amusing and kind of sad (it took me a moment to realize what, exactly, Plutions really were, and when I got it, I was like... :o ).
Definitely a thrilling read. Fans of post-apocalyptic stories will race through The Girl Who Found the Sun, eager to see how it will all play out.
4 stars!



About Matthew S. Cox
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.
His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

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