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Pax Novis

(The Pax Archives #1)

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Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—the cargo ship captained by her mother that transports supplies across war-torn star systems—and her personal mission to save war orphans. But hiding them as stowaways on the ship is illegal, and if any of them were found, not even her mother could protect Cira from the consequences.

She has successfully kept her secr
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Published November 4th 2019 by Entangled Teen
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Carrie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Pax Novis by Erica Cameron is the first book of the new thrilling young adult science fiction fantasy The Pax Archives series. In this series the author has tried to include a lot of sexual diverse characters including two non-binary characters and one identifying as asexual along with others.

The world in this novel is at a distant future when many other planets have been colonized and have gone to war with one another. The Pax ships were developed to become humanitarian aid to all t
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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4.5*

Oh, how I love a space adventure! Even better? A high stakes space adventure, which is exactly what we have here! I am going to get the one thing that I struggled with out of the way so we can move on to the awesome: The world is really interesting, really well-built, but it did take me a little bit to fully grasp what was going on. Luckily, the characters gripped me from the sta
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, SyFy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*Thoughts*

Pax Novis is the first installment in author Erica Cameron's The Pax Archives series. The story largely takes place onboard the spaceship Pax Novis and told by Ensign Cira Antares, the daughter of the Captain and Chief Engineer, and Riston, a stowaway and war orphan. The story also includes documents like communication transcripts and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding wha
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Iona
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 3.75 stars

This book nails a lot of things:
Plot
Setting
Edge-of-your-seat-factor
Writing style
Innovation

But where it substantially lacks is: characters.

And the characters, I could argue, make or break a story. If I don’t feel any type of attachment to any of the characters—if I simply just don’t care what happens to them—a great plot, setting, and writing style will fall short.

Although I simply adored the risks the author did, I loved the new pronoun, the new
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Teri
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ships missing in space?  Stowaways?  Yes, please.  And that cover?  A must read.

With a third gender pronoun set created by the author and incorporated into the story and several LGBTQ characters, the representation is outstanding.  Admittedly, I stumbled over the new terminology (ze, zem, zir) early in the book, but before long, I barely noticed it.

The world-building is captivating.  In the midst of war, I loved the idea of a fleet of ships delivering supplies to those in
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Iona
Rating 3.75 stars

This book nails a lot of things:
Plot
Setting
Edge-of-your-seat-factor
Writing style
Innovation

But where it substantially lacks is: characters.

And the characters, I could argue, make or break a story. If I don’t feel any type of attachment to any of the characters—if I simply just don’t care what happens to them—a great plot, setting, and writing style will fall short.

Although I simply adored the risks the author did, I loved the new pronoun, the new
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Lauren loves llamas
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I’m not really sure how to define this book. The general plot – Pax ships are losing contact, and the Novis may be next – reads like a thriller, but the pacing is very slow. As an example, the book starts out with notes from a board meeting and a few sections from the Pax ship charter. The chapters are told from the point of v
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Olivia
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
PAX NOVIS is an engaging YA sci-fi novel that takes place in the future, when humans have colonized other planets. Most of the planets are at war, creating a lot of orphans, death, and destruction. The Pax ships are essentially humanitarian, with the crew having given up all allegiance to any planet/place and having Pax citizenship. The crew is mainly composed of the children of children of people who gave up allegiance and were often born and raised on the ships.

The Pax ships carry
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Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
Pax Novis... oh Pax Novis... how you have vexed me! I finished this book quickly but ended up deliberating for days. I argued with myself...pros and cons... I revisited some areas and kicked things around the ole noggin. I thought and debated and it niggled and chaffed... not literally, that would suck! No, the indecision felt like a blemish on my reviewing capabilities. I thought and thought until my tired brain hurt. I couldn't get away from thinking about it but it always came back to the gla ...more
Nikole Clow
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Pax Novis is a fun and thrilling space adventure set far into the future. Earth isn’t the only planet that contains lifeforms, so it was really cool to see how Cameron designs the future. I loved the overall setting and the character representation in Pax Novis, as well as the main plot behind the story.

Erica Cameron provides just enough information to make the reader aware of the world surrounding the ship, Pax Novis, which is where most of the book takes place. There were some inst
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Michelle (Love, Stars and Books)
(I received a free eARC from NetGalley and the publisher for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: Pax Novis (The Pax Archives #1) by Erica Cameron (2 stars)


Pax Novis (The Pax Archives #1) by Erica Cameron
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Thriller
Rating: 2/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads)
Cira Antares is deeply loyal to two things: Pax Novis—the cargo ship captained by her mother that transports supplies across war-tor
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The Word Nerd Reviews Blog
The premise for this one grabbed me straight away. A spaceship with ‘illegal’ passengers being smuggled to safer zones, one of those passengers is possibly a killer, and no one can know about it except for the one person on the ship’s crew that is doing the smuggling. Colour me intrigued!

Although the writing style was great, and the story moved along well and captured my interest, I DNF’d at about 30% (on Kindle). Let me explain:

I’m a long time epic fantasy reader, so I a
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Belle
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*squeals* Yesss! 5 stars :D
Oh my goodness where to start, I loved every part of this book. I loved the setting (space - yes!), particularly the ship itself, I am a huge sci-fi fan. I loved the story, and I loved the character/world building. Most especially, I loved the way this book made me feel! Everything just felt so real. The bond between the characters, the camaraderie, the trials they experienced, the loss.. it was all so believable and I felt every bit of it with them. I found this
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Online Eccentric Librarian
While Pax Novis is an earnestly written sci fi full of diversity and sympathetic (perhaps even over-idealized) characters, I had to stop reading because it became a bit too confusing. I greatly appreciated the diversity of characters in the book but it was also frustrating when a main character is non binary and given new pronouns. I think we will need to go in this direction one day to be more inclusive in the English language but it was just a bit too confusing now when I've only just learned ...more
Jamie Coudeville
I had trouble connecting to the story and the characters. Not a whole lot happened in the first half of the book. However, when everything started to fall apart, that's when it really piqued my interest. And judging by the ending, book 2 is going to start right in the action.

Good rep though, there's are characters who use the "ze" pronoun. It took a while to get used to as a non-native English speaker. Doesn't help that "ze" in my native language means "she". Also loved that Cira is asexual, bu
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Haley
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to netgalley for letting me read this arc.

This book takes place in a spaceship called Pax Novis. The main character is a girl name Cira and her mother who transports supplies to other star systems. Cira has a mission of her own that she cares about is taking in hiding were orphans. One day she finds out food and clothing is going missing but that’s just the beginning for space ships are disappearing and she thinks it has to do with the war orphans.

Overall I liked Facebook he kept me
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Francesca
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.*

I really liked this book: its space setting, on a huge space-ship who delivers goods to planets in need, and its current themes about war orphans, refugees, and illegal stowaways. The story is solid and compelling, the characters well rounded and interesting, in addition to actual non binary characters!
I'm not giving 5 stars because the world-building was a bit lacking and
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Annarella
I think this a good attempt at writing a hard sci-fi novel but I found it a bit confusing and I wasn't impressed by the world building which seemed to be more oriented to be inclusive that creating a specific sci-fi environment.
There's potential but I think there should be some more effort in the world building part and less confusion with the pronouns.
The romance was interesting but it wasn't easy to root for the characters.
Not my cup of tea.
Many thanks to the publisher
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Tammy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a bit difficult for a speed reader to read. The new pronouns threw me quite a bit at first. I had to reread many of the pages which took away from the flow of the book. The first part of the book was slow (even with the rereading). The world building was detailed. Once I got into the flow the story moved along. I liked the characters and Cira and Riston were realistic. It was open ended for the next story. While not an easy read it was worth the extra work.
Lovely Loveday
Pax Novis is the first book in The Pax Archives series by Erica Cameron and is a young adult science fiction novel. An engaging novel that takes place in the future, when humans have colonized other planets. You will get swept away to another world, another time as you become part of this sic-fi adventure that is full of unknowns.  A complex sci-fi story with great world-building. Pax Novis is an intriguing young adult sci-fi thriller. I can't wait for the next book in The Pax Archives. . 
Cressa
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a slow start, however I really like where the author took the book and am eagerly anticipation the next novel in the series.

I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she’s the author of several series for young adults. She’s also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Flo ...more

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