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Quantum by Jess Anastasi
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As with quite a few of Jess Anastasi’s books, I’ve learnt the hard way that the blurb is always insufficient in mapping out just how little it says of her expansive universe and the huge number of things that she’s got going on in it. Zander Graydon and Mae Petros might be the pairing that’s given priority in ‘Quantum', but it isn’t too long before I’m sucked into the bigger picture that’s laid out here: an insidious breed of shape-shifting aliens have infiltrated planets and key governmental posts for reasons we aren’t quite too clear about yet and one man’s near-insane bid to wage war on them with a crazy ‘shoot first and then think’ policy in order to purge the monsters from his mind.

Rian Sherron - that cynical, snarky war-(anti)hero always on the verge of losing his self-control - is that much pivotal to the galaxy’s apparent survival. Yet what’s so unusual about this series thus far is that he hasn’t been cast as the romantic lead yet, even as everything revolves around this larger-than-life, brash and tortured character.

If ‘Atrophy' lays out a dysfunctional cast of the Imojenna’s crew, ‘Quantum’ builds on the growing conflict in the wider universe and the burgeoning relationships between Rian and Ella (whose book Ms. Anastasi steadfastly refuses to release until they’ve maxed out their UST) and Zander and Mae, with only a little more focus on the latter pair. I have to admit Zander/Mae interested me a lot less than Rian/Ella, the latter of whom I thought was wimpy at times with her secret-keeping and the evasiveness she kept up with Zander even when it was clear she could trust him. But my preference or personal bias for heroines who put themselves out there - physically and emotionally - comes through clearly here and I did find myself more than disappointed when all Mae did was to cloister up, detach herself and leave the rift she caused to widen instead.

But I’ll say again that ‘Quantum’ is so much more than just Zander/Mae; I can’t help but think of them as just another relationship that’s one of many in this series that’s headed for an explosive climax, in all its irreverent and irrepressible glory. And that’s just the thing which is getting me moist with excitement, along with the anticipation of Rian’s story.

Thus far, I’ve been thrown for a few loops, laughed at the dry but engaging banter, been taken on an action-packed ride through some twists and turns I never saw coming and pretty much went down the long slide to a place no reader wants to go because it reeks of desperation: stalking the author for updates and news on the next book.

*ARC by netgalley
(always grateful, mind)
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Reading Progress

July 15, 2016 – Shelved
July 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 18, 2016 – Started Reading
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: syfy
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: syfy-romance
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: smutty
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: netgalley
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: annoying-brainless-wimpy-female
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: antipodean-authors
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: idiotic-lead-character
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: i-actually-laughed
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: military
July 19, 2016 – Shelved as: ugly-pokey-aliens
July 20, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2016 – Shelved as: arc

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