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Blue Shift

(The Second Species Trilogy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  41 reviews
The Earth is cold, dead and divided. The rich hide away from reality while the rest will do anything to survive. Humanity have only one hope: reaching a habitable planet. But getting there means travelling in large numbers through alien-held space, something that's politically nearly impossible. Yet for some, fighting their way through space is just a way of life . . .

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Piatkus
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Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Jinnifer Blue could have made this a worthy read if everything around her had worked as well. A feisty pilot with a troubled past and biotech upgrades that give her Wolverine style claws, she's a fun creation with a serious attitude.

Unfortunately, the story built around her was lightly done and bizarrely interspersed with wannabe porn sexscapades. The dangerous love interest has been lab modified with alien DNA and he's large in every way *wink*. It means his orgasms only make him more aroused
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Blue Shift is Jane O’Reilly’s first foray into (romantic) science fiction and I’m sure it won’t be her last, even after this trilogy is completed. A seasoned author, even if it is in new adult romance, generally knows her stuff, and O’Reilly did an excellent job applying her knowledge and experience to a whole new genre. While Blue Shift has its weaknesses, it’s perfect for those of us who like their sci-fi on the lighter side and their romance on the hotter side. Jane O’Reilly delivers both wit ...more
Liz Barnsley

Blue Shift was an interesting read and I enjoyed it but very peripherally. Jane O'Reilly's erotica/romance background shows up within this, her first science fiction novel, occasionally just lowering the standard of the rest of the storytelling for me, because some of those scenes were not really plot driven and just seemed thrown in for the hell of it.

That aside though, the world building is interesting, the plot is fast moving and often exciting, but character development wasn't quite up
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
May 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
In the future the Earth is dying and society is divided into the elite who are genetically engineered to perfection and the Underworlders who are not and are left to scramble for survival.

Having left that behind to go out into space Jinnifer "Jinn" Blue is double crossed by her colleague and left behind on the prison station where she encounters Dax. Jinnifer and Dax have history together. Now they have to figure out how to escape with the help of each other.

I bought this as a paper copy Even th
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks, sci-five
Oh man do I love a good space opera so when I was given the chance to read this in exchange for a review I was thrilled. The introduction about the author was so charming that I found myself really rooting for this book to blow me away. Things seemed promising as we get thrown into some space-piratey exploits pretty much right off the bat.
If you like Firefly and Dark Matter, then you’ll like this book.

Our story is about Jinn Blue, a technologically augmented pilot for a freighter ship that is b
Full review to be posted at The Book Pushers.

Once again I had another book languishing in my TBR pile and I wished I picked it up sooner. This was a very enjoyable and engaging SF romance with an interesting universe. I especially loved the chemistry between Jinn and Dax and the backdrop of pirates, evil political conspiracies, illegal alien hybrid experiments and an Earth that is dying that is filled with inequality has engrossed me from the first page. I'm glad the second book is already out!
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This wasnt a bad book or a good book. There are better books published that are similar in story. A very simple plot with unoriginal characters. Will definitely appeal to readers who dont read alot of other scifi.
Anders Pantzar
Nov 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was clearly not the target audience for this book. But I could not have known that because both the blurb and the opening hook were misleading. I thought the book was a “SciFi Mystery Conspiracy about the survival of humanity, with ethical and moral choices”, while in reality it was a “SciFi Romance with erotic elements”.

And to be frank, it wasn’t very good. The characters were bland, only three had any kind of personality, and the romantic interest was just too perfect. The aliens were boring
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wanted something different and that's certainly what I got! The author's confidence and ease with words make this story fresh and intriguing. Though the story is set way into the future the cleverly weaved descriptions put you right there without any interruption to the flow or pace of words.

Jinnifer Blue was desperate to leave her life beneath the Dome. Not surprising when her controlling mother seemed to see her as an inconvenience and someone that needed to be fixed. Jinn did the fixing her
Katina Wright
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Blue Shift’ by Jane O'Reilly is a thrilling adult sci-fi space adventure set in 2187 with a backdrop of a dying earth, space travel, aliens, technology and fabulous space pirates. The cast of characters are an eclectic mix of personalities with questionable morals, hang-ups and conflicts that are brought to life with vibrant description, thrilling action and humour. There’s villainy, heroics, romance and dangerous abilities. The protagonists Jinn and Dax, have different but equally difficult ba ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sci-if take and left me wanting to read the next two books, but slightly irritated at having to wait such a long time for the next instalment to be ready.
Too much explicit sex in this book really. It does little to enhance the tale but I guess it’s an interesting mix. Overall, a good, easily readable book - quick read but the sex did nothing for the story.
Book Gannet
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This was fun. I’ve read some of Jane O’Reilly’s erotic romances in the past and enjoyed them, so expected more of the same in a sexy space romp style. Which made this a bit of a surprise, because although it is a good space romp (without too much depth) and there is some sex (and lusty modifications to the hero), it takes a while to get there, giving Jinn and Dax time to actually get to know each other. They even, astonishingly, have a conversation first.

Actually, they have a few conve
Keriann Davey
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book via Netgally for an honest review.

I really wanted to get into more science fiction and I saw this on netgally, read the blurb and knew it was for me, a book set in space (tick), a bit of a mystery (tick) a romance (tick) it ticked all the boxes for me, however it wasn't as great I was expected.

In this story Earth is uninhabitable due to years of global warming, the climate is too cold for humans to survive and is only getting colder so the government has built Domes in all
Jessica Gilmore
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a real sucker for a good space-opera-romp - and I really struggle to find them. I devoured the Fortune's Pawn trilogy and I'm foot-tappingly waiting for Tanya Huff to write some more Valour please, but there's little else out there that grabs me in the same adventure meets spaceships with a touch of romance way. So thank goodness for Jane O'Reilly's new trilogy. Feisty but vulnerable heroine? Check. Gorgeous but dodgy hero with a tortured backstory? Check. Space stations and planets and ali ...more
Clare Rhoden
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly enjoyable space romp!
I raced through this story and enjoyed it immensely. The main characters have that special chemistry that ticks the boxes for romance and adventure - and interesting sex scenes. I think the world-building is water-tight - no mean feat - and the fact that Earth has been over-corrected into a frozen blob is quite a believeable, and original, feature.
When we first meet Jinnifer, she is piloting a space ship and has her feet up on the control panel. Immediate identificat
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, enjoyable and entertaining sci-fi book.
I like the world building and the plot. The characters were well written and I liked them.
Unfortunately I'm not a fan of explicit erotica that I find a bit boring and there were too many sex scene that I skipped.
I will surely read the next instalment.
Many thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for this ARC
Julie Cohen
Kick-ass sexy space pirates. Made of awesome.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very middle of the road, bordering on the wishy washy. I invested because the blurb sounded interesting and there was a reference that if you liked Rachael Bach's series, you'd like this. Um, no, Rachael Bach's series is cool and awesome by a factor of ten when compared to this wannabe effort.
The world building is adequate, if a little simplistic. The plot, had potential but the author failed to nail suspense, mystery or make me feel that anything was ever at stake for any of these characters.

Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Triggers in this book: sex (esp rough - but consensual - sex), violence and bloodshed, mentions of rape but nothing in detail, needles, mentions of child abuse and sex trafficking, swearing

Loved this! It's not super talented writing, and the author is coming from a background of erotica and new adult books, which means she's weak on world-building and the science side of science fiction... However, it is such fun! The characters really grow on you, the love interest and sex scenes are done surpr
Bronagh Miskelly
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fan
NOTE: Plot summaries are available elsewhere for this book so I don't include one here
A dying earth, alien species, secret experiments, space pirates, a glamorous scheming villain, and a heroine on the run from the past. The first installment of the Second Species series has lots going for it in the space opera genre.
The themes of colonisation, indentured service and slavery as well as class and the poverty gap are used well to build the world and create a credible background for the story.
Tom Sims
It was alright. Easy to read.
I was concerned before I started that this could be "mills & boon"like - soft female lead and dashing heroic pirate... But, although it threatened to at times, it wasn't quite.
The story centres around Jinnifer Blue, estranged daughter of Senator Blue, who has grand designs, and Caspian Fax, genetically modified space pirate who has a moral compass. After an early exchange the story jumps forward a number of years (no one seems to age or suffer for being close to the
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I was looking for a fun, cheesy romance with a suitably daft sci-fi storyline and Blue Shift provided all those things.

It needed a bit more romance to balance the daft story. I appreciate the attempt at a decent storyline, that's not often a thing in a romance book, but it felt too heavily weighted in that direction. If I wanted to read a sci-fi book there are loads out there that are more realistic than this, I wanted this for the sci-fi romance mix.

I read through the whole book in a day though
Unseen Library
I received a copy of Blue Shift from Hachette Australia to review.

I did a short review of this book in the Canberra Weeky:

Originally published in August 2017, I have re-published this review on my blog as part of my Throwback Thursday series.

Make sure to check out my review for the sequel to Blue Shift, Deep Blue:

Or visit my blog at:
Mrs. Watermelon
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly didn't have high hopes for this book at first. The author's works are mostly romance and erotica, so I was slightly concerned this book wouldn't be the fast-paced adventure it was advertised as.
There is romance in this book, but it doesn't take precedence over the main plot and is very well-executed. The whole story is a thrill-ride, taking place mostly in space.
Overall it's amazing.
Malcolm Cox
I appreciated the complex world that has been created here, even though none of the aspects were particularly fleshed out. The story itself ploughed along easily enough with some nice unexpected turns. The main issue I had with this story was the relationship between Blue and the pirate, which felt forced and unnecessary and really bogged the story down in places.
I’m glad I read it, but I’m also glad I borrowed it. Will look out for book 2 as there was enough here to keep me interested.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable space opera that felt somewhat familiar in the best way as it had all the elements I look for. Only thing I wasn't too keen was the side-trips into weird descriptive sex which interrupted the flow of the story. Don't get me wrong I actually love a good romance in my space opera and have no objection to on page sex scenes as opposed to fade to black. However, these ones were kind of jarring and threw me out of what was otherwise a very engaging adventure.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
umm - when i selected this book on the ibooks menu I was looking for a sci story - an adventure - but nothing to heavy - just " chewing gum for the mind" - I think that's what I got - it was fun, a little clunky in places, and doesnt break any new ground - but it scratched the itch. Good.
I did not realize that this book is straight up sci-fi, not a romance. Though there is a romance in the background. The story is good but I found myself feeling stressed and unhappy while reading it. The ending is a setup for book two, which is ok. because that was clear from the start. Not sure if I will read book 2, but I am glad I read book 1.

Bought from kobo
Stuart Hargreaves
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will keep this review simple not to divulge the story line. This book is a Sci Fi set in the future. Earth is finished and the humans must look to other planets to survive. I enjoyed. The characters are well developed and most of all are believable. Give it a try you will probably enjoy it too.
Mel Teshco
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
4.5 stars. A tortured space pirate who is more than he seems, and a dome brat space pilot who seemingly has it all, combines to make a fantastic story. I can't wait now for book 2 to see what happens next between the hero and heroine and if vice-president blue gets what's coming to her! :)
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Jane O'Reilly was born in the north of England, where it was quite cold, and spent much of her childhood huddled under the duvet with a book. It's also how she's spent much of her adulthood. She also likes Captain America, handknit socks, and biscuits. Find her at ...more

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