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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Winner of a 2015 Galaxy Award for science fiction romance!

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous
ebook, 329 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by Entangled: Select Otherworld
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Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sf
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

I think that Atrophy is the beginning book in a promising series! While some things have been concluded, some others have been left wide open! :)

Also, I'm asking myself the why of the title... Nothing is atrophying here... maybe it has something to do with the next book/books...

Anyhow, the premise of the book is excellent and interesting: shape-shifting aliens! And they don't shapeshift into animals, but into humans! Great twist in shapesh
B+, so 4.5 stars

When I saw this month’s prompt was to read Something Different, I knew pretty much exactly which genre and which book I was going to choose. Last year sometime, one of my fellow reviewers at AAR reviewed a Sci-Fi romance called Quantum, whcih was the second book in Jess Anastasi’s Atrophy series. I really liked the sound of it and it struck me that while I’m actually a fan of Sci-Fi in TV and film, I don’t read it – so I picked up the first book in the series, Atrophy for the M
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is difficult to review, simply because it took me almost a month to finish it. It was very slow in the beginning, which forced me to put it down too many times to count. Not much happened until around 35% or so, and even that wasn't really mind blowing. I think if this had been told in first person, it would have been a whole lot better to read.

I could only grasp that Rian is an intolerable person to be around. He's arrogant and disrespectful at every turn. Tannin, for all his escape
A malfunction gets an old, rickety ship onto a prison planet for emergency repairs, the last place any sane person wants to do. But Captain Rian Sherron isn't the sanest person around, so he does it, setting a chain of events in motion that ends up with a stowaway on board who not only finds a place as a tech hacker on board but also some steamy times with Rian's sister.

While Tannin and Zahli are well-conceived characters, I'm drawn to the compelling way Jess Anastasi portrays the hard, scarred
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book had all the things. Literally, anything you could think of to place in an erotic space paranormal made its presence known in this book.

Aliens? Check.
Spaceships and different galaxies? Check.
Hot male prisoner that escaped from a planet with the help of a crazy space caption and his rebellious badass of a sister? Check, check and check.

Really, the list goes on. I surely can't say that this book lacked entertainment. It hopped from one thing to the next, making sure the reader was inv
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I'm always on the look for a new sci-fi romance to fall in love with. This is the book. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this book. The best way I can think to describe it, it's like a darker twisted version of Firefly meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both of which I loved). The characters, like with those in Firefly, are all unique and have their own little quirks that makes them charismatic and well just plain likeable. The storyline is captivating and full of mystery
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read this book because it came up on some lists of best scifi romance. Call it another lesson in how far this subgenre has to go. So, rant-ish review ahead.

It started off fairly well, but when it got to the romantic conflict--the heroine's brother won't let her date the hero--it began to lose momentum. Ostensibly the hero doesn't want crew members fraternizing. In reality, he's a drunk jerk who won't let his sister, a grown ass woman, make her own decisions. It's always "Stay away from MY sis
Eva Millien
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Risking everything, Tannin Everette plans to use the Imojenna’s emergency repair landing as his means to escape…only to come face to face with the captain’s gorgeous sister in this thrilling paranormal sci-fi romance.

Even though no one escapes Erebus and lives to tell about it, Zahli Sherron hides Tannin on the ship and the reader can’t help but get caught up in this space opera of a romance as Zahli risks the lives of the entire crew for a love that can never be. The chemistry is a smoldering h
Judi Easley
I read the number two book (Quantum) in this series awhile ago and really liked it. Then a short time ago, the publisher asked if I'd like to read the third book (Diffraction) and do a review. And, of course, I said yes! I thought perhaps I should go back and read book number one so I would have the whole picture. Now I know how Mae gets involved!

Ms. Anastasia writes a pretty good sci-fi adventure. She throws in just enough of the love scene business to satisfy all but the really hardcore romant
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-arc-books
**ARC provided by publisher for an honest review**

This was an OK book for me. I think I was way more excited to read it, but wasn't as excited as I started to read the book. I not sure what bugged me, but I couldn't really get into it. The main characters were OK to me, but I think I was more excited about Zahli's brother Rian. He was an interesting, troubled yet memorable character to me. I really hope he gets a book. Would I reread this book again? Most likely not. Would I recommend it? Sure.
Maria Rose
Tannin was wrongly convicted of murder twelve years ago, and sent to the prison planet Erebus for his crime. Biding his time, he can't quite believe that the chance to escape has really arrived, in the form of a derilect ship landing on Erebus for repairs. When a chance encounter in a marketplace has him saving the life of Zahli, sister to the ship's formidable ex-war hero captain Rian, she returns the favour by enabling him to escape with their ship. But with enemies closing in on all sides, an ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been a lover of sci-fi stories. Adventures of space travelers boldly going where no man (Or woman!) have gone before, discovering new planets, and all that jazz has always been a fun escape for me. Unfortunately, they all seem to be lacking one thing: Romance. Why, I have no clue. All that flying around in space together, colonizing new planets and what, people can’t connect and fall in love? Then I found author Jess Anastasi and read her Valiant Knox series. Yes! Followed up by Atro ...more
Eleni Konstantine
4.75 stars

It's way into the future and the human race is across the galaxy. On board the Imojenna, Zahli tries to keep her brother from going supanova, his dark past threatening to always engulf him. Meanwhile, Tannin stowaways from the prison planet Erebus, imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Adventure after adventure abounds, with the scorching attraction between Zahli and Tannin increasing. Throw in some aliens, and you've got a rollicking good sci-fi romance. I will definitely be readin
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Zahli and the rest of the Imojenna crew are forced to land on Erebus to repair their ship and she can't wait to get off of it. It's Tannin's chance to escape the prison planet Erebus and he is taking it. Zahlia and Tannin's worlds collide in a story about love, loyalty and the fight against the aliens that are taking over their world.

I really liked both Zahli and Tannin and together they made a great team. They had a lot of issues to work out, but they had each others back when it was most impor
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Atrophy is part Science Fiction Romance and part Space Opera. Zahli and Tannin are attracted but there is a big problem. That problem is found in Zahli’s brother, Rian, who is the captain of the space ship Imojenna. The Space Opera part is the quest Rian is one. I found Rian the most complex character in the book. It is hard to put him in any category. Things have happened to Rian that make him difficult to understand or to get a focus on his personality. His reactions drive the story.

The plot h
Ash P Reads
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first I was a little wary of getting this book but fans of Firefly and Serenity! this is the series for you. Any one who has ever craved for more of this space Western drama television series + movie will LOVE Atrophy. Rogue space bad boys, ass kicking women, mysterious and evolved beings and of course let's not forget shape shifting aliens. Everything your heart desires in an awesome series by Jess Anastasi. So buckle down for this adventure, because it is going to blow your socks off.

Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I got about halfway before I couldn’t handle it anymore. The way her brother treats her and how she just lays down and takes it infuriates me to no end. No matter what anyone has been through they should at least have some human decency. I cannot stand over protective family. I thought she had at least some balls after she killed that guy but nope. She literally has no purpose on that ship. Why are you still there. The author tried to make this like a two for one romance but I was not having it. ...more
KJ Van Houten
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book -- perfect example of what I like to see in SFR! Good book length, gives time for decent world building AND character development. Great balance of action and interpersonal interactions. Romance was sweet, believable, and fit into the plot -- did not feel as if trying to overburden the story just for the sake of seeing how steamy the story can be (which is where I think a LOT of stories fail). Great setup for more in a series, can't wait to see what's next!
Literati Literature Lovers
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best science fiction romance book by Jess Anastasi that I have read. If you loved Joss Whedon's FireFly series or his Serenity movie, than this is a book that needs to be on your radar. Full review to come.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

If Mal Reynolds went really, really dark, and if the Reavers were shapeshifting aliens who had infiltrated the government (wait, that sort of happened) then you’d get something like Atrophy.

Or at least, that’s the way it feels. So for those of you who have never gotten over the loss of Firefly (like moi), Atrophy is a great place to get a Firefly-type fix.

The crew of the barely profitable frieghter Imojenna is every bit as oddly assorted as the crew of Sere
L Bongiorno
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reading this and I really wanted to make it an all nighter... it was that good. I forced myself to get a few hours sleep and get some work done before I dove into it again. Great story line!! Great characters!! Well written; I can't wait to read the next one.
Sci- fi, action and romance, what's not to love;)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Good space adventure story. The hero/heroine did read very young to me, though, and sometimes they felt pretty immature. I liked them as a couple though, and I loved the cast of characters. I'll keep reading the series.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
It started of interesting, then it became tedious and predictable. I did some speed reading to get to the end.
Book Gannet
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Welcome aboard the Imojenna where the captain is a war hero who may or may not once have been an assassin, has a bit of a problem controlling his temper, some serious PTSD problems and is also on a universe-wide hunt for a bunch of aliens most other people don’t even realise exist! Oh, and there’s his little sister, Zahli, who accidentally ends up helping a prisoner escape from a prison planet which no one is supposed to leave alive.

Because although the romance portion of this book is
Boundless Book Reviews
I was provided a copy of Atrophy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Atrophy took me awhile to really get into, about 30%.  I just didn’t grab me right from the beginning and I had to force myself to stay engaged.  Once we got past the 30% mark things changed for me.  I’m not really sure what it was or if  I was able to focus more.  Sometimes for me when I am not grabbed right from the beginning it’s hard to stay 100% with the story and not wonder off and do other things.  So I will
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Better than Star Wars!

Tannin Everett has spent his last 12 years on the prison planet Erebus, framed for a murder he didn’t commit but all those years while doing everything he could to survive the conditions he’d searched & planned for a way to escape. Working himself to a position of trust – as much as any inmate could – a lucky break puts him into position to get security clearance codes to break into a visiting ship landing for emergency repairs. While waiting for the ship to complete re
Alex (HEABookNerd)
**Happily Ever After Book Nerd Blog Recommendation**

Series: Atrophy #1

I love Sci-Fi romance and I’m always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi’s books a month ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it but I’ll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy and I am very impressed with the extensive universe that Anastasi has created.

I loved Tannin and Zahli and how they both wanted to be with each other so much even against Rian’s explic
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, 2015
Oh. My. Heck. This was a fantastic read! Having read the description before I started reading, I was wondering how Tannin could have endeared himself to Zahli enough so that she was willing to try to hide him on her brother's spaceship so that he could flee the prison planet Erebus. I knew there was a romance component so I wondered if it would be one of those 'I was drawn to him as soon as I saw him and although there is no logic behind my decision I will put everyone at risk to help this stran ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Thank you, Netgalley and Entangled for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This book is a rare combination for me. I loved the story and the characters so much I can still give it five stars despite it needing another light proofreading pass--mostly words that spellcheck would miss, and not *that* many but enough I'd normally kick it down a star.

The action starts out heavy and fast with a motley crew in a starship that's falling apart. Thus, and emergency landing on a
Nikki Brooks
I am a sucker for all things Sci-Fi and always on the hunt for new authors so this was right up my alley! Thinks rag tag space rebels with more baggage than is healthy and add in sneaky alien invasions (a la Body Snatchers style) and you've got yourself a winner.

The Imojenna is a piece of space crap! It should have been junked years ago and is pretty much held together by hope! But former soldier, Captain Rian Sherron, has his own secretive reasons for holding onto the clunker. But when she dec
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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia. Find out more about Jess on her website w ...more

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Atrophy (4 books)
  • Quantum (Atrophy, #2)
  • Diffraction (Atrophy, #3)
  • Entropy (Atrophy, #4)