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Tone of Voice

(Xandri Corelel #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Xandri Corelel has spent six months living among the Ongkoarrat after her unceremonious firing from the crew of the Carpathia, and though she misses her home, she has settled into her new life. Then Diver arrives with news that changes everything.

The Hands and Voices--squid- and whale-like symbiotic aliens--are masters of bio-engineering and grow a wide variety of specie
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Going To Mars
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If you're a sci-fi fan or interested in having a strong female lead that also has Autism then the Xandri Corelel series, books 0, 1, and 2 are unique reads that one should definitely pick up.

This is the second book in the series, though technically it's the third, and is definitely not a standalone. You can read books 0 or 1 in any order but don't get to this one until those are done.

Like the other books, Xandri is a stand out character and is in a unique position as a diplomat of sorts between
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Not as engaging as the first book and with a touch too much romance, anyway I liked the switching points of view and I would invest again in this series.

My emotions roiled like a storm-tossed sea, a horrific mix of fear and uncertainty and happiness and warmth. Too much all at once. I lifted my head, brought my fingertips to my lips—and let myself smile. For just a moment, a tiny, precious moment that glowed like a spark in my heart, I let myself feel only the good and threw the bad
Claudie Arseneault
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's 2 am but I refuse to call my decision to finish this story a mistake. loved it. more thoughts to come. :) ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second book (though let’s not forget the prequel novella) is a worthy sequel of my favourite book of 2017.

I loved that Failure to Communicate was all about Xandri, but I also liked that the prequel novella Testing Pandora gave some chapters to other characters’ point of view, so it wasn’t that big a surprise to discover that Tone of Voice has a dual point of view between Xandri and Diver. Seeing first hand Diver’s thoughts about Xandri, his confidence and trust in her as well as his will to
I am enjoying this series a lot! It's just the right combination of realistic and optimistic for me, with a lovely emphasis on found family. My favorite part is definitely the characters and their interactions, so I especially appreciated the first quarter of the book (others have found it slow, but it made me really happy). This book has even more development of secondary characters and relationships than the first, which I liked a lot (although the prequel novella is still the winner, in my bo ...more
Ceillie Simkiss
This was even better than FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE.
Read my full review here!
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Avery Delany
This book. This whole series just hits me right in the feels and makes my heart so full.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4 stars. Paranoid waif with autism possesses extraordinary empathy-based communication skills with non-human life forms on other plants. As head of the Xeno-Liaisons Department of the spaceship Carpathian, she works to coax such life-forms--such as the symbiotic whale-like beings in this book who communicate by song--into the Alliance. The author's imagining of other-worldly creatures is stellar, though I found the characterization of the male love interest rather meh. Every time he wants act ho ...more
Joe ST
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I admit to only continuing with this series because I wanted to know what was in the letter.... but then it became about whales in space. Whales! In! Space!
Skye Kilaen
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-genre-scifi
If you read the first book in the series and you're trying to decide whether to keep going, DO IT! The second book starts slow but interesting, and then takes off. Loved it. ...more
This book was really good, and this is still a favorite series of mine, but it didn't impress me as much as the first one.

The first reason is because the Main Bad Guy doesn't appear at all until the last 3/4 of the book, and then he's just kind of ... suddenly there? He's supposed to be this big bad super evil guy that I had no idea existed at all until literally just now, and I'm supposed to take him seriously?? Diver even says something like "everyone knows who HE is" bitch no I don't, his nam
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
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TWs: ableism, war, death

Rep: autistic bisexual polyamorous mc


Listen. I cannot get enough of that good science shit, okay? It's just so interesting to me! The Hands and Voices were INCREDIBLY intriguing and all the technical stuff they did in the story was so fascinating to me. As with the previous book, there was some good intrigue and some good action. The m/f part of the growing polyam triad got a lot of romantic progression that was very fluffy and enjoyable. The only thing was that the en
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the continuation of Xandri's adventures with the Carpathia's crew, this time on the marine planet of Song, where the sentient species is a Cetacean-like creature in symbiosis with a Cephalapod-like species, the Hands and Voices. It's paradise and Xandri is happy. Her relationship with Diver is developing nicely in the warm world and the ocean provides her with new friends and new things to learn. For a change, even Christa is supporting her plans for the negotiations.

Until the news about
Aiden Feltkamp
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the addition of a gender neutral character in this one! Once again, really intriguing writing with fantastic characters. This series is so different from other sci-fi and I love that about it.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book might be even better than the first in the series & it's no surprise I finished it in a couple of days. Xandri is an extremely well written character & there are some interesting hints about her past in this book. I really hope there's a third book & I can't wait to read it! ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This needs to be a 12 book series.
Sam Melnick
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful book! Fantastic representation, autistic main character, non-binary character who uses neopronouns! And the world-building is absolutely fantastic! It’s a beautiful sequel to Failure to Communicate and I would highly recommend.
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