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Lex Talionis

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Silver Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook from the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2015 (IPPY Award)

Vengeance is only the beginning…

On one of Earth’s planetary outposts, a young woman dies–and is brought back to life by a mysterious alien.

Inside a military starship, a wounded soldier is stalked by an unseen enemy.

When Lex reawakens in a clinic, she does
Paperback, ebook, 354 pages
Published May 30th 2014 by Dragonwell Publishing (first published May 19th 2014)
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Elizabeth Bear
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A tense, morally complex science fiction thriller that tackles hard questions of loyalty, exploitation, and human decency without compromising on plot.
Alex West
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intense, beautifully written space opera with believable characters.

This debut novel demonstrates talent from the author in pretty much every aspect of crafting fiction: prose style, characterisation, plot, suspense, setting, and ideas. Lex Talionis succeeded in putting me right into the mind and body of the main characters. The basic plot is ultimately a typical thriller, but it is told with a great deal of control and literary flair. Stylistically, I find that most scifi stories tend to play o
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A young woman is brutally beaten and assaulted and left for dead. She is taken to the nearest clinic where she does flirt with death, only to be revived by an odd alien, much to the surprise of the attending doctor. The creature stays by her bedside throughout her recovery, which is remarkably swift. It does not communicate with the doctors, nor does it eat. The alien’s existence is one of the least mysterious aspects of the story, however. The young woman, herself, is a conundrum. She is geneti ...more
Allan Dyen-Shapiro
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Were this book written in strict chronological order, it would have felt like a pulp thriller set in a space opera type world. Lots of fight scenes (I especially liked one in which two completely different scenes are dovetailed mid-fight), lots of intrigue.

But it wasn't. And that seems to have been its key strength. The first section has at least four different narratives running simultaneously, and as the author doesn't tell you what led to what, each stands on its own. The reader wonders--is
Tony Peak
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Lex Talionis, a woman who’s been nearly beaten to death wakes up in a clinic, with no memory of what happened, or who she is. What she does know is that she wants to find those responsible for her pain—not only physical damage, but psychological tragedies that span the stars. As memories trickle into her mind, she focuses on a rule taught in her youth: that of Lex Talionis, the law of retaliation. Armed with an unbreakable will, she takes the name Lex, just as galactic forces act to prevent h ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lex Talionis by R. S. A. Garcia is a great sci-fi story. In a futuristic setting space travel is possible, geneticist have been band from altering and manipulating the human genome but that didn't stop them.

A mystery of a young woman found beaten, gang raped and on the verge of death dies in the ER and brought back to life by a strange alien creature. A young doctor obsessed with his patient who can't remember who she is. A forensic pathologist with more secrets and guilt then his shoulders can
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, futuristic
***I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

In the interest of full disclosure, the author and I became casual online buddies AFTER the book was made available on NetGalley, but that had absolutely no influence on my review.
Wow. WOW.

I don't normally read sci-fi, but I would gladly pay money for any sequel...with an ending like that, there MUST be a sequel! But not in a HA HA, HERE'S YOUR CLIFFIE, GIMME MONEY kind of way, thank goo
Christopher Gerrib
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the authors I follow, Tobias Buckell, recommended Lex Talionis on his blog. The author, R. S. A. Garcia, is, like Buckell, from the Caribbean. In her case, she still lives in the region on the island of Trinidad. I decided to take Toby’s recommendation, and I’m glad I did. The book opens on a spaceship where a badly wounded man is desperately trying to get to the bridge, and has to avoid the thing that’s killed all of his fellow crewmembers. We then cut to an alien city where a human merc ...more
Edwina Harvey
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes noir SF
Recommended to Edwina by: I worked on it as editor.
Lex Talionis by R.S.A Garcia, Dragonwell Publishing, 2014

Caveat: I edited this book.

A bruised, battered unconscious young woman is found in a laneway on an alien planet. Her rescuer takes her to the nearest medical centre where she captures the heart and imagination of the doctor treating her. She has no ID to say who she is or what planet she comes from, and for all intents and purposes she should be dead, yet with the help of an alien creature with which she seems to have an inexplicable link,
Angela Street
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an unusual book that caused me to have numerous emotional responses as I read it. It is a boldly written books that refuses to follow a predictable run of the mill story line. There is some violence with a rape scene that was quite emotionally challenging for me to work my way through. I have never seen this issue approached in this manner. The build up to the actual event made it even more emotionally charged. There were some sections in the early part of the book that had more detail t ...more
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. It caught me by surprise, and I must say it is NOT a simple sci fi novel. There are moral themes and a complex storyline. Highly recommend.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: uni-reads
I'm so mad at this book.
Not at the author. Mad at the book itself and the actual combination of words from the English language that made it possible. Mad at rape being used as a plot device, mad at the fact that trauma drives the story forward (I mean look at that fucking title!), mad that SF sees telepathy with aliens more credible than a world rid of sexual assault and definitely mad at the society of rape culture we live in that makes this totally called for.

Actually, erratum. I'm also mad
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
“You’ve remembered everything then?”

The laugh that escaped her was both soft and bitter and hesaw a muscle tic in her jaw. “Everything, yes. And you know what they say. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” Her breath caught for a moment, as if in the wake of a sharp pain. When she spoke again, for the first time, she sounded her age. “I had just turned eighteen when they took me. My birthday was three nights earlier. I was still a virgin when they raped me.”

Shocked, Colin could
Online Eccentric Librarian
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, sci-fi

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Lex Talionis is a well written sci fi novel featuring a strong female protagonist in a harsh, gritty story. The author successfully uses different POVs and even time periods, to create a mystery worth reading. Although there are aliens and metahumans, they aren't used as a deus ex machina and add to the story in very simple but effective ways. The book is a dense read but a mature protagonist and well built world keep
Mike Douton
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lex takes one of my favorite sci-fi tropes and runs with it blending the whole thing with mystery-thriller aspects. Protags with amnesia that are trying to learn who they are right along with the reader are an underutilized trope in the genre. Other than this book, I can think of four in all of my bookshelves that deal with it. One of them happens to be my all time favorite book, Nine Princes in Amber. I guess that meant I started reading Lex with the bar set pretty high. That was alright, ’caus ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Title courtesy of Dragonwell Publishing and NetGalley)

If you enjoy books with perspective changes with each new chapter and are a fan of sci-fi futuristic space fantasy, this is definitely the book for you!

The story is very well written and you can tell right off the bat that this storyline was planned and deeply thought through before it was written. The first 20% of the book basically set the tone and introduced the main characters. I usually have a really big problem with books that start o
Bob Lee
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I thought this science fiction novel was very well written and imaginative. There are multiple threads and characters, which are well thought out. I was a bit disappointed that it took so long for the threads to come together, though, and the ending was a bit anticlimactic and seems set up for a sequel.

I thought the fight scenes were excellent. There was one unique sequence of two fight scenes on different planets where the novel switches back and forth between them. It was uniquely accomplished
Jay Williams
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
An exciting and thought-provoking story! I hope it is the beginning of a series because I definitely want to see how the issues play out for the characters. Each character is well-described, but some are definitely more likeable than others. Some scenes were difficult to endure, but contributed greatly to the power of the story. I enjoyed the story, but ended with a desire for so much more.
Analouise Keating
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A compelling, thought-provoking novel. R.S.A. Garcia is an author to watch! Great world-building and strong characters. (Love the chapter epigraphs!)I hope that *Lex Talionis* is the first in a series! Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
Victoria Lee
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend Lex Talionis, a science fiction novel filled with mystery and intrigue, where a young woman wakes up after an alien resurrects her, with no knowledge of who she is. She embarks on a quest to figure out what happened and get revenge.
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast-paced, science fiction action-thriller. It’s meaty in more ways than one: 324 pages of skiffy goodness with excellent characters, intrigue, aliens, and a whirlwind plot.

In summary, a young woman is brought to a hospital in very serious condition, found after being mugged by an alien in an off-world alley but she’d been worked over by several men before that. She dies on the table. But a small and different alien which had been brought to the same hospital by his temporary keeper j
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

When I originally read the blurb of this book, I really thought it sounded intriguing, even though I've become somewhat hesitant with young adult books, especially those that focus primarily on a female character.

One of the strongest parts of this book, I felt, was the mystery surrounding Lex. I was curious enough to keep reading the book in the hopes that I would find out her past and why the alien had attached itself to her. However, even though the first que
C. Cornett
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book on the whole! Comes off as a sort of CSI-meets-Mass-Effect thriller in the first half, then builds up into a Star Wars space opera in the second half. There's a lot of powerful imagery around how the main character shuts herself into amnesia, and then the moment she regains her memories, we get to relive them along with her, to see how things in the entire first half got the way they were. The way all the little details mesh and coalesce together felt particularly well d ...more
Kate Murray
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story starts with a young woman waking up in a spaceport hospital with no memory of who she is, or how she came by her terrible injuries. All she remembers is ‘lex talionis’ – the law of revenge. We follow her journey as she slowly pieces together what happened to her, and finds out who she really is.

I loved the characters with multiple POVs threading the story together, the moments of pure suspense, the space opera-esque scale, the mystery that slowly unfolds in front of you. The aliens, th
M. Anderson
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
This was an exciting read. Lex Talionis (an eye for an eye) is what she calls herself (until she remembers her true identity) and she's all about revenge. This bio-enhanced heroine is a trained soldier and definitely someone to fear. The book should come with a trigger warning, however, as the story revolves around a horrific gang rape that spurs her to take revenge in equally horrific ways. Despite that scenario, the book also has its tender moments and the main character is a fully realized th ...more
Sam (Hissing Potatoes)
I really enjoyed the complexity of the worldbuilding and the intriguing characters. The plotlines seemed to fragment at the end and there was a clear setup for a sequel, which I'd really love but unfortunately it doesn't look like it's been written yet. I did get confused in some parts, especially regarding Oux's role (it seemed to be more of a deus ex machina at times). Overall though, the book was a solid sci-fi with tons of action and even some seriously chilling horror elements near the begi ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A young woman is brought into a spaceport hospital, having been brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. She also has amnesia. All she remembers is Lex Talionis - The Law of Revenge. She also seems to have acquired an alien creature called an oux, rescued from an interstellar zoo, and who physically heals her, almost instantly. Colin, the doctor who runs the clinic, tries very hard to not fall in love with her, but does not succeed. After several weeks, she regains her memory.

She is Shalon Conway
Erin Burns
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

What made me request this book, was the eyes of the cover model. I suppose it is a rather generic sort of cover but it caught my attention. The blurb didn't repel or terribly entice me, but every time I saw that cover on Netgalley I just kept clicking it.

This book opens up with some political information about the Roulon sponsoring Earth into DiploCore so as "...not to become a pawn between more po
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Dragonwell
Publishing Date: March 2014
ISBN: 9781940076126
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 3.8/5

Publisher Description: A battered young woman wakes from a coma in a space port hospital with no memories of her past. The only thing she remembers are two words: Lex Talionis—the Law of Revenge. To discover her identity, she must re-live the nightmares of her past, and face the only survivor of a terrible massacre that connects her with her abductors.

Review: C
Beverly K
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free in exchange for a review from LibraryThing.

I'll omit a summary, because I believe readers have the ability to read the summary already provided on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

This book started off alternating between past and present, although there was some nebulousness about whether the past segments actually occurred in the past. While I did not relish the confusion that ensued, I was curious enough to keep reading. The character of Lex
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R. S. A. Garcia lives and works on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean with a large family and too many dogs–though only one belongs to her.

She decided to be an author when she discovered that Louisa May Alcott had been published at the age of 8. Determined to waste no more time, she finished her first collection of stories at 10. She has not stopped writing since, and indulged herself in a de

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“He wanted to be inside, away from the possibility of social contact. He was not entirely comfortable out here. Getting too close to the everyday dance of the world overloaded his acute senses in a way that he could not explain to anyone. So he did not try. He simply kept to himself and lived his life in a way that would ease his discomfort as much as possible. He no longer cared what others thought of his ways; the few friends he had understood him. Everything else was unimportant. Except his job. The one thing he could excel at just by being himself.” 0 likes
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