**spoiler alert** This book was so good that I'm hesitant to read the sequel because I know it can't possibly be as good as this one lol
I love the cha...more**spoiler alert** This book was so good that I'm hesitant to read the sequel because I know it can't possibly be as good as this one lol
I love the character progressions and how Ann Aguirre wasn't afraid to kill off major characters over the course of the story... That gave it a gritty realism that you have to respect, not to mention keeping you on your toes as a reader, because you never know who's gonna bite the big one next...
The first person POV helped as well I think, since I've recently discovered a strong liking for first person POV in my reading ;)
I really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space oper...moreI really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operas with similarly angsty/tortured heroes.
I loved Gabriel! It was hard at first to get used to him talking about himself in the third person, but definitely by the end of the novel it both makes sense and becomes second nature.
Wow. This book completely blew me away. It’s been a long time since I’ve...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Wow. This book completely blew me away. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good sci-fi/space odyssey novel, and I’d forgotten how much I could enjoy one. I first became interested in this book when it was nominated for the DABWAHA tournament for 2011, and finally managed to get my hands on a copy when the sequel, Children of Scarabaeus, came available on Netgalley.
Edie Sha’nim was born on a planet where the natives are completely dependent on a neurotoxin present in the environment to live. She was an outcast from birth, because while her biological father was a native, her mother was a human scientist, and frankly the native community in which she lives is very xenophobic. As a young teen, she was “rescued” by the Crib — a mega-corporation that controls the majority of the known universe — because of her incredible talent manipulating “biocyph”, which is a combination of biological material and computerized data. After years of being exploited by the Crib, and being forced to participate in a their terraforming program, she is kidnapped by a group of renegades who want her to help recover and reprogram Crib technology to help the worlds who are failing under the Crib’s thumb. Of course, they’re also interested in the profit that can be made…
In order to ensure both her cooperation and her safety, they tether a convict, Finn, to her, so that if he ever gets a certain distance away from her or if she dies, his head will literally explode.
To say that Finn doesn’t trust her is a complete understatement. He resents both his initial years of slavery and the tether placed in his head that forces him to serve Edie, and the political games around them on the ship they are imprisoned on only make things worse.
To add insult to injury, the planet that the renegades want to visit to hijack the Crib technology is Scarabaeus — a planet that Edie holds very dear to her heart, and the site of her biggest failure.
There were so many things I loved about this book. Edie wasn’t a wimp, but neither was she super-woman either. Sure, she was incredibly talented at manipulating cypertech, and wasn’t afraid to try to use her talent as leverage to get what she wanted from those who were using her, but she was also emotional, not incredibly strong physically, and had a tendency to trust too easily. Finn was such a tough cookie and it took a long time for him to trust Edie, despite the fact that she’d proven that he could trust her multiple times.
One point to note is that while Edie certainly started to develop some feelings for Finn over the course of the novel, this is not a romance novel. There is some very mild second-base action, and there is no HEA. Well, honestly, since it was such a horrific cliff-hanger, there wasn’t any sort of resolution to the end at all, so the lack of HEA is unsurprising.
Speaking of the cliff-hanger, it literally cost this book an entire star in my final rating. The novel was so incredible that I read it in a single sitting. Despite the lack of romance and HEA, I found myself completely invested in not only the universe that Ms. Creasy created, but in Finn and Edie’s lives, as well as those of the unlikely comrades they’d found, and of Scarabaeus itself. However, the cliff-hanger was so unexpected and infuriating, that I could no longer go with the 5 Star rating I’d intended up until the last chapter, and in the end, my final rating is an astoundingly solid 4/5 Stars(less)
Expected Release Date: October 18, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Imprint: Del Rey Author’s Website: http://liahabel.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Dearly Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Almost two hundred years in the future, the world as we now know it is gone. Rapid climate shifts and nuclear war have reshaped both our planet and society as a whole. Desperate to find normalcy and civilization amongst the ruins, a new society is formed based on historical Victorian principals, and the New Victorians are born. Similar to their historical counterparts in manners and fashion, they embrace technology while at the same time rigorously enforcing strict societal rules.
But some people do not approve of the New Victorian society, with its inherent caste system and over-reliance on electricity and computer technology. These people rebelled, and embrace a simpler life, where a person’s worth stems from their wit and hard work rather than an accident of birth. Called the Punks by the New Victorians, the majority simply want to be left alone to live in peace, but enough radicals patrol the borders as to create an enormous amount of tension between the two groups.
In the middle of all of this is Nora Dearly, the orphan daughter of the now-deceased Victor Dearly, a prominent physician in his day.sec Well-off but not truly wealthy, Nora is a student at St. Cyprian’s — an all-girl’s academy whose mission it is to turn her into a useless “lady”. Despite her schooling, Nora has a deep love for war movies — something that by all rights should make a delicate lady swoon — and a penchant for speaking out of turn.
Returning home on holiday, she’s disgusted to learn that her Aunt has run through her inheritance with her luxurious lifestyle, and intends that Nora find a rich husband as soon as possible, despite the fact that they are literally a day out of mourning for her late father. Love, attraction, or even liking the man are completely irrelevant in her aunt’s mind, and Nora is horrified by her aunt’s attitude and behavior.
Soon, however, it becomes apparent that Nora’s concerns of money and marriage are the least of her worries. Alone in the house while her aunt is off trying to secure a rich husband, Nora goes to investigate a noise only to discover something out of a horror story — rotting, crazed corpses overrunning her house, determined to get their hands on her. Desperate for escape, she is rescued by masked soldiers who spirit her away — only these are no ordinary soldiers, and Nora’s world is about to change forever.
As many of you may know, I don’t typically gravitate towards Young Adult Novels, simply because I tend to prefer steamier fare. However, every now and then a book comes along that reminds me that there are YA novels whose storytelling more than makes up for any “lack” in physical romance, and this was certainly one of them.
I have always enjoyed Steampunk, but I’ve never had a chance to read “cyber-Victorian”. While I’m not certain what the “official” definition is for either term, Steampunk to me is Victorian-style society only with technological advances that were not truly available at the time, all powered by steam engines and clockwork mechanisms (think automata, elevators, steam powered cars, etc.). Cyber-Victorian is even more interesting — it’s Victorian-style society but with actual computerized technology like we have today — flatscreen television, email, PDA’s, cellphones, etc. I loved the contrasts of bustles and corsets and arranged marriages and the aristocracy against cell phones and digital diaries and computers and medical technology.
I loved all of the main characters — Nora, Bram, Pam, and even Victor — and while I found the POV jumps to be disorienting at first, I soon became accustomed to them and even found myself enjoying the different perspectives.
The entire main concept of a zombie virus that might actually leave you.. well… yourself.. was very intriguing to me. Sure, there were the Grays (zombies who lost all of their humanity when they reanimated), but so many were exactly as they had been, only dead.
Plus, the entire fact that the members of Z Company were embalmed and ate tofu made me laugh.
Overall, even with the POV shifts, this one is firmly on my keeper shelf, and I am greatly looking forward to the next installment.