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5 stars - exceptional -recommended read - Ind'tale Magazine "Wow! If readers want to see and feel andbelieve they are in deep space, then "Borealis IX: Akira's Choice"is the perfect choice! With a touch of romance, the vividdescriptions and beautifully developed characters masterfullypresented by Schartz create a virtual world that invite the readernot merely to observe, but to walk amongst them and participate...This is a delicate art, and Schartz wields her weapons withprecision and skill. Banzai!"
From the Author
This my second novella set in the Borealis universe. The first was BLACK DRAGON.
Other novellas by different Desert Breeze authors are also set in the Borealis universe, as well as two anthologies. Each story can be read independently. Hope you enjoy this read.
File Size: 371 KB
Print Length: 110 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. (August 29, 2013)
This is another story set on Borealis, the space station on the edge of space where the rebellion and the TTP meet. Akira's Choice is a great story with wonderful characters. Look of a lot of action and of course romance. It can stand along but you will enjoy it more if you start from the beginning.
Back Story: This is a novella so there is not a lot of room for back story. You do get a sense of the station and how it is laid out You also meet some of the characters from previous stories but what you get are names and titles. That does not tell you how they fit on Borealis.
Plot: Very simple. Akira finds that what the TTP told her does not fit what she finds. She is torn between right and duty.
Characters: I loved Freckles, a feline retriever and Shane, the boy who bonded with him. Akira and Markku are both interesting and well-drawn characters. There are also numerous side characters who play a important part in the story. While some are just names and titles here they were developed in previous stories.
Writing: I think this quote from early in the story shows how well Vijaya writes. This is Akira. She is talking to a friend when she arrives on the station and it sets the tone for the entire story.
"On my own terms. I pick and choose my fugitives. I only go after real scumbags: She sighed. "Bottom line, no one tells me what's right or wrong."
I think the entire Borealis series is a must read for SFR fans. Go purchase and settle down for some great reading.
Sometimes you just know during the first paragraph of a story that you have to finish it. This was one of those for me. The characters are compelling, realistic and their chemistry is terrific. The plot is intriguing and kept me up. The universe is wonderful. I liked the interactions between the little boy and his friend (trying not to spoil the story.)
I liked the cheetah and how she was a bit different. I liked the worldbuilding and the tech. The Romance aspects were well done and not sugary or overdone at all. Altogether this story was excellent and sold me on Ms. Schartz's writing.
Not only will I now read more of the Borealis series, but I plan to buy a lot of Ms. Schartz's books too. This was really well done. It's an excellent SFR (Science Fiction Romance).