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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613721420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613721421
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,388,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Lane has four children, two cats, a love starved Chi-who-what, a crumbling mortgage and an indulgent spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you give her enough diet coke and chocolate, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

Customer Reviews

Anderson and C.J. were on fire.
Christina Marie
This is my 17th book by Amy Lane, and I must say it is one of her best, if not THE best I've read to date.
book wench
Still, no biggy, just a little "I don't think so" moment.
lovestodive

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lovestodive on September 6, 2011
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4 1/2 stars

A confused and frightened Anderson Rawn watches from the security of his space ship as his family and planet are destroyed by a meteor. At the very last moment, his sister managed to remotely launch the space ship into hyperspace with 13 year old Anderson as its only passenger. For 10 years, Anderson lives alone with only the family he manages to electronically create, until he reaches the safety of the space community pre-programmed into the ships navigation system.

The inhabitants of the station are amazed when they receive a signal from the ship requesting to land, and that Anderson has even been able to survive the trip, much less survive it with his sanity intact. C.J. Poulson, his sister Cassie and her husband Marshall are in charge of greeting Anderson, studying his ship and attempting to help him assimilate back into a life with people.

What can one say about Amy Lane's writing that has not been said before? She has the ability to pull the reader into her books in a way that makes you forget you are reading a book, and know you are living the story. Knowing this, I was determined to not be pulled in, but to just read and enjoy the story. Anderson, C.J. and friends were having none of this, they insisted I participate in their lives and would not take no for an answer. Before I knew it, I was weeping for Anderson, the mother in me just wanted to put my arms around this poor lonely little boy and hold him. I was proud of his accomplishments when he built his little holographic society and fell in love with the family he made. I agreed with Casey when she bullied C.J. into stretching his boundaries beyond just having fun, and wept with her as she watched the tapes of Anderson's life. I watched the feelings between Anderson and C.J.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By grammy1 VINE VOICE on September 5, 2011
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Amy Lane has written many genre books during the last 4 or 5 years. As a fan, I have laughed and cried and have read every one. I have come to rate her books with tissue boxes rather than stars, but I must tell you A Solid Core of Alpha is as different and as dark as all she has written before.

Mental illness and physical abuse might not have a part in some readers lives. If you have loved someone who has suffered in this way, this might be painful for you to read. Since I have had a family member affected with mental illness, this was a difficult for me to read. I shared these feelings with Ms Lane after reading this story, and she said all of her Beta readers shared similar feelings as well.

Thirteen year old Anderson Rawn was sent off in a shuttle craft alone and helpless to save him from a meteor shower which destroyed his planet. He had lived with his parents and siblings Mel, Jen and Mandy on a planet used as a mining colony. It all happened in the span of minutes. When the alarm sounded, he and sister Mel were checking out some of the escape shuttles. She put him in the craft and told him she was going back for family members, the craft doors closed and blasted off.

He traveled alone in outer space for 10 years. The craft finally reached its planned destination, and docked at the Hermes Eight space station. The ramp goes down and the door opens and we the readers are faced with this magnificent story of how a young boy survived abject loneliness, fear, and what price he will pay for what he created on that ship to exist.

C.J. Poulson, working at the space station, is there to greet Anderson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jessie Potts VINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
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Amy Lane has been one of my favorite authors since the Little Goddess series. She knows how to write intense, she does heartbreak exceedingly well, and she does really happy endings, where things must be worked through but in the end that's what makes it sweeter.

A Solid Core of Alpha was a bit different from her other books I've read. This one is labeled science fiction but really it just deals with our universe in the future after space travel and holograms are possible. Anderson is the last surviving member of a mining colony that was destroyed when he was 12. His sister shoves him on a ship and then ends up dying trying to find her family. This boy was alone in space for a little over 10 years. If you ask the experts (fictionally speaking) they all say it's impossible not to come out of what Anderson went through and not be crazy. CJ (our other hero and the one to help heal Anderson) and his people agree that Anderson looks normal and healthy (minus the malnutrition) but at the same time something's not right in the ship. It turns out Anderson coped by creating holofriends. Only he did it on a much much higher level. He created his holograms to be self aware, self learning, and with their own personalities. At its core though it's still a boy talking to himself and the voices in his head.

This book deals with psychological issues. And Lane does it without going too far in either the silly, or overly tragic direction. Anderson and CJ both seem so real to me. Especially when CJ starts having his own psychological problems trying to care for this damaged boy. Love is at the center of this book and readers be warned that there is spousal abuse, psychological trauma, rape (from a hologram yes but it's still real and hurts) and physical violence.
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