Hell Divers – Five huge “HELL YEAH” stars

Because we are diving into HELL!

Ahhhh my love for Hell Divers was an insta-love bigger and more obsessive than of one of a sparkly teenager fanger!


About the book

Hell Divers (Hell Divers Trilogy #1), by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers—men and women who risk their lives by skydiving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

When one of the remaining airships is damaged in an electrical storm, a Hell Diver team is deployed to a hostile zone called Hades. But there’s something down there far worse than the mutated creatures discovered on dives in the past—something that threatens the fragile future of humanity.










And to think this ARC has been silently waiting for me for months! What a freakantastic surprise!

Can we talk about how freakantastic this book is pleeeeeease????

Yes? YES! Let’s talk about it. Get comfy because I got lots to tell you. This is gonna take a while.

Let’s talk about first impressions, OK?

Hell Divers was a first impressions feast!

This ARC caught my attention in Netgalley because of the title. “Hell Divers” How is that for a title, huh?

The Cover: Guys in futuristic suits diving through a hellish sky. How is that for a cover???

The opening line…

The average life expectancy for a Hell Diver was fifteen jumps

HOW IS THAT FOR AN OPENING LINE????? That got the gears of my imagination spinning wildly and screeching like exorcised hellions!

Then, in page 1…

Ash turned a blind eye to the diver teams’ debauchery; after all, she was dropping them into the apocalypse to scavenge for parts on the poisoned surface of the Old World.

HELLOOOOO. Pffffffff say NO MORE. I’m yours! I’m ALL yours! You have me! I’m drooling at page 1!

Daredevils diving into a poisoned apocalyptic world. A thousand HELL YEAHS!

But even before we dive into Hell with them, let’s talk about the Hive, the massive airship where they live. The Hive is such Steampunk treat! I imagine it as an oversized, more sophisticated version of La Minerve

Don’t you just profoundly adore my visual image of the Hive???

Now… Let’s talk about the overpopulated, claustrophobic, disease-ridden, life in The Hive. There is social inequality, famine, rebellion… holy s$&@!… There is everything that there should be.

And let’s talk about the fact that the captain is a woman, and a very respected and capable captain who is shouldering the responsibility of the survival of the remains of humanity [five hundred and so souls] under these impossible conditions. HELL YEAH, GIRL POWER! Nice touch Nick. I will forever be your biggest fan for making this awesome captain a woman. [hummmm…. Nicholas I think I’ll call you “Nick” now that I am like this oversized fan. Please let me know if it’s not OK and I’ll stop. But please let me know in writing. Please enclose the formal request in an autographed hardcover and mail it, yes? ]

So let’s talk about these daredevils especially the MC. Call him X please. Short for Xavier Rodriguez but really short for eXtremely eXtraordinary and seXy.

So I was there, like… gaping, like… sighing like an idiot… “ooooohhhh his name is X. Like the Xmen I adore?. Like Wolverine? [giggling moment] and the last name is Rodriguez as in “latin stud” Rodriguez maybe? [gasping moment].

Whatever! Who cares? X is perfect. X is one badass daredevil “diving so humanity can survive” [sigh] [sigh] [sigh]

I’m in love with this X guy, just so you know. This is the guy you want to be stranded with in a desert island when the ship sinks.

Though he is a totally flawed drunken asshole [well, he lives in the Hive people] he is also awesomely brave and selfless.

Well X, you are right up there with Darrow from Red Rising now. You two are the Apex of my heroes’ pyramid.

All other heroes, come here please. I need to talk to you.


Yes, YOU, so called Alpha Males. Don’t play dumb. Come here. You too, controlling sparkly vampire. And you too, controlling kinky billionaire. ALL OF YOU. Please gather around. Ok. Everyone Here? All of you? Thanks! Thank you gents. Ahem, excuse me. OK. OK. Silence.

Hellooooo…quiet all of you!

X is the real deal, gents. The real McCoy
The standard by which you all will be measured from now on

And now… let’s talk about Nick’s writing. His writing is like… well.. like an overnight FedEx package… HERE! BAM! Package delivered! Simple, streamlined. AWESOME. The way the multiple POVs are handled so you get all the different perspectives of the life in The Hive… BRILLIANT. NICK IS A GENIUS. That’s it. I said it.

Let’s talk about the world Nick builds! This is dystopian/apocalyptic readers’ Disneyland where all dreams come true. So I just learned this because I, of course, stalked Nick’s webpage… Nick worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation [giggling] [giggling] [giggling] soooooo this world is soooooooo well thought and described down to every possible detail: The poisoned Earth, the crazy climate, the wastelands, the ruins of the abandoned cities, the technical specs of the divers’ suits and of the airships. The life in the Hive, how they farm, how they manage their waste, how they deal with sickness and crime. Family relationships, friendships, love affairs… political and personal dramas brewing everywhere… love, hatred, loyalty, betrayal. You name it… Nick thought of it!

And let’s talk about the nonstop action. The diving through the perpetual electrical storms of this apocalyptic sky. The landing in the radioactive wasteland that Earth is. The trekking through the dangerous ruins of decayed cities… Holy hellish hecatomb!

And let’s talk about the hellions of mutants that inhabit Earth. Holy hell, these beasts are so deliciously horrible, terrifying and despicable.

I don’t think I ever made as many updates in a Goodreads Progress Report as I did for Hell Divers. I guess I just wanted to read the entire book to my all Goodreads friends.  Here it is…

Ooooooook I’m done talking. It’s your turn now!

Please tell me WHY on earth this is not already a freaking humongous major motion picture, surely a blockbuster????

Oh. You haven’t read it yet? Please run, read it and come back to tell me…


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