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Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi
Read from October 14 to 17, 2011

I was curious going into this book, as I lean more towards PNR than sci-fi in my tastes, but this book exceeded my expectations and made me re-think my genre bias.

Ms. Miller has done a stellar job creating a world of complex ideologies, multiple exotic settings and cool technology for both her “real” and “virtual” worlds. I found myself reading slower in the first quarter of the book, because the descriptions were so rich with detail that I re-read parts to ensure that I had the visuals fixed in my mind – a good thing, because the action ramps up quickly and is pretty much non-stop and that attention to detail allowed me to make quick transitions as Sara, the Ambasadora, negotiated physical and emotional landscapes at a breakneck pace.

If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

While a rigid caste system and restrictive societal norms worked to define the emotional distance required for sanctioned relationships, the book deftly explored the many nuances of love and caring among “amours”, friends and colleagues. Sean and Sara drive the story, with the well-paced recognition of their feelings for each other, but no less intriguing were the dynamics revealed in the scenes between David and Mari, Soli and Trala and the interactions between the crew of the Bard. Rainer, as the man with shifting feelings and questionable intent, upped the suspense, serving as the odd man out in contrast to those willing to take a chance on feelings without the filter of caste, fertility and unlimited options.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it without hesitation.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

That was fast, Pam!

So glad you enjoyed your time in the Ambasadora-verse.

:) H

message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Pam, if you'd like a complimentary e-copy of GREENSHIFT, email me at heidirubymiller AT gmail!

;) Heidi

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