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Static Ruin

(Voidwitch Saga #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  65 reviews
She killed the man who trained her. She killed the fleet that came for her. She killed the planet that caged her. Now she must confront her father.

Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures who can kill with a thought. She needs hi
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Published November 6th 2018 by
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, novella
3.5 stars

The least violent and gory of the three Voidwitch books, Static Ruin brings Mars full circle to find some measure of closure. It wasn't my favourite of the trilogy, but that said, it was still very good.

The series as a whole is an exciting piece of work that winds down nicely in this third installment, tying up loose ends while still leaving room to revisit these characters. White is an author who shows a great deal of promise, and I will be sure to check out any future work.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ding dong, the voidwitch is … Of course, not even White will kill off, let alone sacrifice his main protagonist to some cause of redemption, even though her kill count by now is the low side of half a million, not to mention how many starships and assorted planetary facilities. Oh, and one artificial moon. It’s complicated. What does transpire though in the third instalment of this magnificent trilogy is wholly unexpected, which is no mean feat given what has gone before.

What I have loved throug
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-the-book
This series is highly recommendable! Its so heavy on the action and death but also very much focussed on emotion. The main character is fierce and raw how she reacts on her emotions. There is so much destruction and the feelings are all over the place! I loved this ride, it was precious and I'm glad I picked it up. If you like the idea of a fast paced and gorey space action then read it!!!
Feb 10, 2018 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Mars is such a refreshing MC.
A character who is powerful and invincible and knows it, but who is struggling with her moral, guilt and character. A character who loves to broadcast her powers and inflict pain without a second thought but knows that it's wrong, but can't help it.
A hero or a villain? That's up for the reader to decide.
In my opinion; she's neither. She's not good, but she sure as hell isn't bad. She's human, she's confused, betrayed and scared. She loves and she cares endlessly,
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid end cap to the series.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Releases 11.6.18.

"It hurts so fucking much. I don't know how many times I can lose you."

You may remember that I did an interview with author Corey J. White this past summer. If not, please check it out on the blog! I asked him if we could possibly expect a full-length prequel novel because I'm just not ready to say goodbye to Mars yet. Unfortunately, it sounds like the story of Mariam Xi is done. We are so fucking lucky to have her in these books though. She is such an incredible character! I me
Laura (crofteereader)
This one was... messy. Daddy issues and very few holdover characters from the previous stories mean that a compromised Mars has to carry the whole plot by herself. While we do get some of the answers I'd been wanting throughout, those answers are a little tropey and not as interesting as I was hoping for - based on the super cool premise.

Though I do like that it leaves room for more Voidwitch books because I would absolutely revisit Mars and Waren and Pale and Squid and this universe. Plus I'm s
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Void Black Shadow saw Mars reflect with horror on her death count in Killing Gravity; by the end of book two, she’d done far worse. In Static Ruin, I was expecting Mars’s guilt to play a pivotal role – and it does, to a point. For the first time, we see Mars exercise self-control and actively avoid mass-murder as her response to threats.

Instead, the drama comes from confronting her past. It makes Static Ruin a quieter, tenser affair than its predecessors.

And if I’m honest, it didn’t work as well
Paige Belfield
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Static Ruin took a completely different tone to the previous two books. There was a more personal slow-burn style of pressing urgency as opposed to the fast paced, gory anger and vengeance. It was the perfect way to end the trilogy, and I was left really satisfied as to how everything turned out.
James Lindsay
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved parts 1 & 2 of the Voidwitch Saga but this one absolutely blew my hair back. Author Corey J. White achieves so much goodness using just the best words. He's like a chef who cooks a masterpiece using only 3-4 ingredients.

His ability to rank up the tension had me holding my breath reading and fist pumping and celebrating at certain points. He even managed to make me roll a tear during a very poignant part of the story.

I highly recommend this for anyone who loves sci-fi, character driven st
Timandra Whitecastle
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No, I’m not crying, you are!
Shāfiya Mū
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Static Ruin by Corey J. White is the final novella in the science-fiction, space opera, galactic empire series, Voidwitch Saga. I’m a bit sad writing this review because I know that this is the end of a serial that I had grown immensely fond of. Now that I am finished, I can safely say that this is hands-down one of the best sci-fi narratives that I’ve read all bloody year.

Static Ruin follows the main character Mars Xi as she returns to her roots and comes full circle with the events from Killin
Nicole Field
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third and final novella in this series about a Voidwitch called Mars who is on the run due to the fact that she was genetically engineered to be a killing machine. More or less.

What we have waited to happen since the very beginning finally occurred: Mars got to meet her maker and father. In addition to this, we also got to meet a character who I really found quite interesting, someone who had had the same upbringing as Mars but wholly embraced it instead of rejecting it quite utterl
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was actually probably the best of the Voidwitch Saga books. Mary Sue err- Mars actually has some normal human emotions in this story! ...and still destroys anyone and everyone who gets in her way. The series ties itself up pretty neatly and all of Mars' family drama is settled and dealt with.

All of these books are short reads, Goodreads says this is 200-some pages, but it feels more like a hundred. If you want a fast Mary Sue science fiction story these books will get the job done.

And now
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Mars hunts down her father in hopes that he can help Pale, and it's not a happy reunion.

I've enjoyed this entire trilogy. Mars is a psychic voidwitch who can kill with her mind, and she's killed hundreds of thousands during the course of her story. The fact that she realizes this is unacceptable is part of what makes the books different. I absolutely adore Ocho, her cat/animal companion. While the second book of the trilogy was my favorite, this was an excellent ending to the current story. Here
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great series!!
I'm looking forward to more books in this amazing space opera series!
Chelsies Reading Escape
Quick Summary:

Mars can kill you with her mind. She escaped a lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an vertically modified cat. She’s spent her life on the run, but her past are catching up with her. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential. Now that she’s reduced her e
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the trilogy, a total delight.

As usual with my reviews, please first read the publisher’s blurb/summary of the book. Thank you.

Mars continues her quest to find who she is, where she comes from, and why. The places and characters are fully rendered, with motives and personalities, all living in a wonderful mostly-hard-science universe.

Corey White clearly loves his characters here, and imbues them with life, strength, motives and flaws.

Mars' heart is both pure and sometimes crue
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Mars Xi is a "void-damned space witch", meaning she's super telekinetic and knows how to use that. In this third entry of the Voidwitch Saga novellas, Mars is searching for someone who can help her save a child weapon and finds that the only person who can help her is the last person she wants to deal with: her father.

It's rare that I pick up a series anywhere but the beginning but, whoops, I stepped in it this time. The bad news is that this story assumes you've read the previous ones, which is
Tasha Leigh
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, arc, blown-away
I'm done but I so wish there was more.

Starting out where Void Black Shadow ended, Mars is out to track down the man responsible for her entire horrendous existence, her father Marius Teo. Setting out in hopes of helping Pale overcome the horrible things done to him while in the care of MEPHISTO, they head to Teo's last known location, only to find he has been gone for years. Setting out on a journey to the ends of the universe adn encountering many roadblocks along the way, Mars will do whatever
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you want something deeply, yet simultaneously, you do not want to get to the point where you have to deal with it. So, you avoid it, and it pulls you in two directions on the inside and drives you crazy.

Mars wants to find her father, yet the fear and anxiety that the mere thought of doing so gives her makes her drag her feet and avoid it as much as possible. Doing this while being the most wanted fugitive in the galaxy is no easy feat. Being a mass murdering void witch weighs heavily o
Joey Nardinelli
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m very glad I picked up Void Witch earlier this year and that I finally swung back around to wrap up the trilogy. Solid ending that leaves dangling threads for future stories if White ever feels so incline, but wrapped up enough to feel satisfying. Mars maybe isn’t the most complex character and there weren’t any major surprises in this final chapter, but White writes characters well enough unto themselves to keep his stories engrossing and chugging along. I do think these books would benefit ...more
Lauren Mitchell
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could read a hundred books set in this universe and still want to know more about it. Like so many of my favourite spec fic stories there's just the right amount of possibility of reality for me to look at the future and wonder if this might be where we end up.

White reaches through the pages of this book and punches you in the face with an array of deep emotions (not literally, Corey is a very nice person). I find the characters to be powerfully written with strong, distinct voices. The worldb
Maria Haskins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A hugely satisfying third instalment in the Voidwitch Saga. In this story we careen through the universe with Mars, Ocho, and Pale, and it is a story that is packed full of action and emotion from the get-go. I love how Mars's backstory pays off in spades in this book as we find out where, and who, she came from. Deception and betrayal, loyalty and love - the relationships between the characters and Mars's amazing voidwitch powers kept me turning the pages ever faster. This trilogy is a must-rea ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
These are I think well written, but missing on logic in a couple of places.
Mars is really hard to like, and I have trouble buying into her being apparently infinitely powerful. She can kill with her mind, destroy capital level warships with her mind, change the orbit of small moons with her mind. She doesn't really seem to be bothered by killing people...she drops a moon on a city killing 300,000.
The good news is spreading this over three novellas allowed me to finish. I don't think I could
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Reluctant anti-hero saga comes to an end as voidwitch Mars finds some resolution to her family issues and attempts to escape Imperial scrutiny. Turns out nothing was quite what it seemed or at least wasn't the same anymore. Poor Ocho becomes number 9 by the end, but that's the only spoiler I'll mention. There's the possibility of more to come as a few hints were dropped about continued Imperial and corporate interest in psionic powers and other survivors of the MEPHISTO program are out there wit ...more
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