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Compass Rose

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Rose was born facing due north, with an inherent perception of cardinal points flowing through her veins. Her uncanny sense of direction earns her a coveted place among the Archipelago Fleet elite, but it also attracts the attention of Admiral Comita, who sends her on a secret mission deep into pirate territory. Accompanied by a ragtag crew of mercenaries and under the com ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Bywater Books
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I vacillated between five and three stars as I read and ultimately land in the high threes, rounding up to four stars.

The book focuses on a Waterworld like setting five hundred years into the future after global warming wreaks havoc on the Earth and destroys civilization as we know it. I wouldn't call this sci-fi since technology seems almost non-existent but it's certainly dystopian. And it falls into paranormal since our lead is a human compass, literally. She's somehow tapped into the Earth's
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this! Dystopian. Adventure. Pirates!!!

5 stars. Even more if there had been more Miranda.😍

My initial enthusiastic endorsement should be tempered with a caveat--while this book does indeed have all the elements of a good swashbuckling pirate yarn--it is also set in an incredibly bleak dystopian future. (Sadly, a future that feels disturbingly like what we're headed for) . This isn't the usual romanticized pirate tale that we've previously seen depicted in lesfic. Its version o
anna (readingpeaches)
i've been saying this for years: ALL THE PIRATES WERE GAY
K. Aten
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid 5.0 stars – I am literally left speechless with how much I loved this book.

Okay, let me start by saying I love a good sci-fi adventure, and a well written dystopian novel will make my blood sing. When I finished reading Compass Rose by Anna Burke, my blood fairly screamed and I knew coming down would guarantee me a book hangover. While first person tales aren’t my preferred viewpoint, this book was the absolute exception. Compass Rose isn’t a love story, though there is love. It’s not a p
i have never been more ROBBED of a potential hate to love than in this book rip my orca/rose dreams :(
Anna Burke has created a real gem with Compass Rose, one that fans of sci fi, and specifically climate fiction, should not miss. That this is Burke’s first book is also kind of incredible, because her talent is evident on every page. This is one author to watch, since she’s sure to delight us with more weird and wonderful stories for years to come.

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Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come, but it was fantastic.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A good but not great queer ocean adventure that combines the flooded future of Waterworld with the power of lesbian pirates. How could anyone not want to check a book like this out?

The prose is quick to hook you, but never achieves anything particularly memorable. I also found the main dynamic between Rose and her captain to be fun at times, but constantly marred by Rose’s lack of power in the relationship. Eventually the pair reach more even ground but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.

Aj Smith
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Release the Kraken! It's fun to say/type and equally fun to read, legitimately, in a novel.

I came across this book while browsing the Bywater Books site and my eye was drawn by Ann McMan's stunning cover. I decided to make a purchase after reading that it featured not only pirates but a mercenary named Miranda; the similarities with The Lily and the Crown seemed almost too good to be true! I'm pleased to report, however, that other than both books being utterly enthralling the similarities end
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
In 2513 most of the world’s population live at sea and very few ever site land

Massachusetts author Anna Burke earned her degrees in English Literature and Studio Art form Smith College and now is working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. COMPASS ROSE is her publishing debut.

Not only is Anna Burke in possession of a fine gift for writing in general, but also add to that her sensitivity to writing futuristic science fiction in which the main characters are women. Anna knows ho
Velvet Lounger
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first novel by Anna Burke, and what a great start. Set in 2513 this dystopian fantasy, in the lesbian pirate sub-genre, was hard to put down. Imagine a world where the ice has melted, all that’s left are Archipelagos of land, food is scarce, medicines more so, fuel is made from sludge, the seas are polluted and in some places the air is worse.

Introduce the young fleet navigator, Compass Ross, born facing north and always aware of her direction, she has an uncanny, almost psychic ability to t
This is definitely one story that I cannot place in one neat category and it has kept me intrigued and awestruck from the very first word. My heart really went out to Compass Rose because she went through a lot as she tried to navigate the rough waters between being a loyal navigator to the Fleet and choosing the one her heart desires. I really hope this is not the end of these awesome and vibrant characters because I am on my knees and I am begging all of the literary Gods and Goddesses for a s ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, dystopia
A pretty entertaining and diverse dystopia with a slightly disappointing and predictable romance. I enjoyed the setting and the cast but the latter half felt rather rushed, especially in terms of the climax. But it was definitely fun and a bit steamy at times. Only main gripe was how often we had to hear the directions. Over and over.

I’d read another by this author!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever wonder what the world would be like in five hundred years of we do nothing about climate change? Compass Rose is set in the years 2513, and the planet is vastly different. This is an action-packed, plot-twisting, very entertaining read. There's swash-buckling and bodice-ripping too. Think Pirates of the Caribbean, set five centuries in the future, where ships are powered by algae sludge, food is scarce, pirates abound, and the loosely organized Archipelago needs Intel to stop the pir ...more
I absolutely LOVED this!!! However, I didn't really like the romantic relationship, I thought it wasn't developed enough. (view spoiler)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not so much into sci-fi and pirates but this one was good read and kept me I interested. I feel the end was rushed a bit and in end I was missing something. But all in all.....good book.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Three years ago this month, a good friend passed away. Sandra Moran was an exceptionally gifted writer. She really wanted to raise the bar for lesbian-themed writing. With the permission and assistance of her widow, I helped start the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy. The scholarship covers full tuition for the nearly one-year program for one student. The application and review process is substantial.

The selection committee read the 50-page writing
Greg Legore
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rose must constantly avoid dangers which she can sense, thanks to her extraordinary navigation skills, and those which she cannot when she is thrown into a secret, dangerous mission. First-time author Anna Burke introduces us to Rose and through her allows us to feel and experience Rose's pride in her capabilities and fear of failing her friends and her shipmates. During many unexpected twists and turns, Rose learns that the past was not as she had been told, the future will be uncertain and ful ...more
Great pirate Adventure

Boy, I haven't read a huge amount of pirate fiction, but, in my nonexpert opinion, I thought it was great. This author clearly has talent and creativity. What a unique premise. I've never read a science fiction novel taking place exclusively on the ocean.For a debut novel, it was surprisingly well-written. While there was quite a bit of action, there was a decent amount of political machinations involved as well. I'm usually not as interested in politics centric books; this
Sofia N-W
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my new favorite book. I re-read passages as I went because I wanted to savor every second. It's been ages since a book resonated with me the way this one has. I've read it three times in under 2 months. The characters are well-developed, funny, interesting, and imperfect. The chemistry is very sexy. The adventures are even sexier. This book was an absolute joy and a thrilling read. If there isn't a sequel I will cry octopus tears.

Eagerly and impatiently anticipating more new favorites f
Marianne Ratcliffe
Wow - what a great read this is. At its heart is a f/f romance between Rose, a young woman with a special talent, and the enigmatic renegade Miranda. The sexual tension crackles throughout, but even more impressive is the dystopian marine setting, which is no mere backdrop. Completely integral to the story, it is a fully-realised, convincing future world that provides not only the physical landscape, but also informs the language and psychological make-up the protagonists. An excellent debut fro ...more
Krystina Julie
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the plot. The most enjoyable thing about this novel is Anna Burke's writing. I was absolutely amazed by how easy it was for me to feel like it was some dystopian future and we are all pirates.

The relationship between the protagonist and her love interest is quite amazing to read as a queer person myself. However we all know that Rose and Orca should have been together but I loved it nonetheless.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want the world to know that I'd lay my life for Rose and Miranda. And Orca and Kraken and Harper. And everyone in the Man O' War.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi
What a great debute novel from Burke. The setting was intriguing, the plot engaging, and the characters fascinating.
Odd Bin
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A rollicking good read.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Thoroughly immersive, superb characters

Read it!
Sherri Erickson
Instead of reading this dystopic juvenile pirate melodrama with its sophomoric romantic melodramas, read Cinnamon and Gunpowder. You're welcome.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent adventure, humorous sympathetic characters, a well developed romance, and detailed, credible world building. The book deserves to be made into a kickass movie!
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Raised in Upstate New York, Anna Burke graduated from Smith College in 2012 with a B. A. in English Literature and Studio Art. She was the inaugural recipient of the Sandra Moran Scholarship for the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Writing Academy.

Anna has lived all along the Eastern seaboard, but wrote her debut novel, the high seas adventure Compass Rose (2018), while living on a small island in
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