Publication Date: 19 February 2019
Pages: 110 ( On I-phone using Aldiko App)
On the hive world of Targian, Zelia Lor helps her mother search for ancient tech, digging up treasures of the past on the wind-blown plains. They are happy. They are safe. All that changes when the Necrons attack. Without warning, a host of robotic ships appear in the skies above Targian and rip the planet apart. Separated from her mother, Zelia must escape the doomed world, her only hope a scrambled transmission promising safety at a mysterious place known only as the Emperor’s Seat. Launched in an escape pod, she crashes on an icy wasteland far, far from home. But Zelia is not alone. She is joined by a rag-tag group of survivors – the street-tough juve Talen, gadget-obsessed Martian boy Mekki and super-intelligent alien-ape, Fleapit.
I was granted an E-ARC by Netgally, this in no way influenced my review.
Black Library has started writing novels for a younger generation. In doing so, they have managed to devide people into two camps: “Hell yeah this is awsome!, Warhammer I can one day maybe read out loud for my kids who see their dad playing with bits of plastic and would also like to know what it’s all about”, or, “What HERESY is this????!
All fair and well, each to their own I say. Luckily for BL, I am fairly pro catering towards your future market. I believe it was a wise decision, my only question would be, why take so long?
Attack of the Necron introduces our readers into the 40K setting by filling us in as to what what is. It is fast paced and starts of pretty early with a break in on Zelia’s mom’s artifacts ship. The main focus of the story is set on the kids that take center stage. The story is very straight forward: An alien invasion takes place, it is up to our main characters to escape/survive/find out what is behind this attack and learn to work together. One character that grated on me was Talen, a seemingly tough kid that ran away from home as he did not want to be part of his family tradition of joining the Imperial Guard. He had all the potential to be a likable character but did stupid stuff. On more that one occasion telling the group he does not need them, yet when Zelia was in danger he instinctively came to her rescue, why? It does now occur to me that I have maybe just read my first YA… My favorite of the three “kids” is most probably Mekki, he is from Mars (Mechanicum territory), a wizz with technology and also only speaking when something import needs to be said.
My one problem was that they came of as super clever and know-it-allish, where the adults were doing idiotic things, but then, this was written for kids right? So yeah, if you are super Warhammer fanatic this book will most likely piss you of. I can see that happen, but I did not read this as a super fanatic, even though I am pretty passionate about the Warhammer books I own. I read this through the eyes of my inner child (12 at the time this post is being written) and it worked for me.
A Necron Hunter…
In my honest opinion, I had a blast reading this from front to back. The book comes with some art that I would see would help set the kids imaginations on fire. I appreciated that they were included, especially the Necron drawings, even for a kids book they look pretty imposing. I gave this a 4 out of 5 on GR and would cautiously recommend it to those that find this YA approach to Warhammer appealing. There are two or three more books where these characters will feature as far as I am aware. I will be keeping a look out for it in future.
I hope you all have a great weekend.