Book Review: Captives (Hell Divers Book 5) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

The people of the Hive are so close to being able to leave their airship and live on the surface, giving humanity a chance to survive, but it might be even harder than they think. Hell Divers and citizens alike will have to go to war with El Pulpo and the cannibals if humanity is to have a chance.

Book Review: Captives (Hell Divers Book 5) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith | sci-fi, post-apoc
Title: Captives
Book Number: Book 5
Pages: 2019-05-07
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

WOW. Gosh, these books are always so intense. This one especially so because it’s always intense when there are big battles to be fought. It’s hard to talk about these books without spoiling previous books, so I’ll keep this brief and kinda vague.

This book had all the same great things as the others. Fantastically flawed, gruff, and realistic but likeable characters. Beautiful teamwork and loyalty among the Hell Divers. A super interesting post-apocalyptic world. Writing that really makes you feel the tension and the adrenaline, especially leading up to dives or battles. So much intensity. So much emotion.

Seriously, these books always manage to make me feel so much. Even when it’s a side character and I can’t remember who they were, I feel such sadness when they die that I tear up. And when characters are sad or scared or upset or in a bad situation, I feel so bad for them and worry for them. And the relationships among them are so touching sometimes, so that gets me too.

Overall, this was another fantastic, intense Hell Divers book that left me feeling both happy and sad, and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next for these characters and this world!


Book Blurb

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series

Humanity has finally found a new home, but the price is blood …

After a long, perilous journey, Hell Divers Xavier Rodriguez and Magnolia Katib discover the Metal Islands, a sunny habitable zone where thousands of people live by fishing and farming. But this “paradise” is really a violent warrior society ruled by the cannibal king el Pulpo. For the first time in X’s life, he is forced to lay down his arms and surrender.

Back on the airships, the Hell Divers are recovering from a gruesome discovery at Red Sphere, where they learned the truth about World War III. Now they must fight another war—this time for what remains of their own endangered species. As the battle approaches, alliances will be forged, and others broken.

Forced to fight in the Cazador army, X faces his toughest mission yet. Will he help his people come down from the sky and claim the promised land, or will humanity go extinct?

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I have not, but I don’t play any of the more popular and well-known games because they all have real-time fighting and running and stressful stuff that I just can’t handle cuz it literally gives me stress lol. But this series is awesome!

  1. Greg

    Wow this series is on book five now? I remember you and Daniela loving these. And that is a pretty awesome cover.

    I love how intense these sound!

  2. Olivia Roach

    I think the perfect book is one that deals with serious topics and makes me happy and sad equally. I found that with my latest read, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris! I also really like the sound of the series and I am so glad you could continue to love it so much :D It takes a lot for a book to make you even care about the deaths of characters you can barely remember!!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yep, I love when books can make me feel a whole range of emotions. Sounds like a great book! Seriously, it always surprises me how much I care when side and background characters in these books die.