- File Size: 1282 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Catherine A Wheeler (September 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075MK1CP6
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Wheeler has crafted a compelling and intelligent protagonist in <Asrian Skies>, her debut novel, and possibly an even more compelling and manipulative antagonist.
Avery Rendon wrestles with her responsibilities and path in life, along with her beliefs. All she has wanted to do is fly spaceships away from her home planet of Asria. Away from her responsibilities there. Even away from the love of her life.
Freedom, it seems, is what she desires.
But circumstances change and Avery is forced home to revisit her royal familial responsibilities and face the man who once asked her to marry him. The question of their future together is cut short when an intergalactic army invades the planet. (Talk about bad timing lol)
Avery’s mettle and sense of duty to her home planet is put to the test. She soon realizes she has to break the rules this time if she wants to achieve freedom, not for herself, but for her people.
A quick-paced page-turner, this speculative work of fiction keeps readers in a state of anxiety for Wheeler’s well-crafted characters, who she makes readers fall in love with and root for in a world as vivid as our own.
Her description of the spacecraft and Avery’s piloting hooked me right away in the first chapter. Establishing a full-fledged character in an unknown fantasy world is tricky, but Wheeler does it from page one.
Many authors struggle with info-dumping. Not Wheeler. So there are no fluff you need to skip or skim.
You’ll revel in each encounter between Avery and her antagonist as the mind games and verbal banter ensue. You might even come to love to hate him, or hate to love him. Or both.
You will, however, be on the seat of your pants as Avery races to outwit and stay ahead of her enemies. Yes, outwit. This is a female protagonist that uses her brain, not brawn. And the occasional pistol from time to time.
One of Wheeler’s greatest writing strengths is her skill at third person Deep POV. She captures Avery’s emotional state so poignantly and with such heart, you can’t help but acutely feel Avery’s despair and suffering, but also her joy.
You will cry. Have the tissues ready.
Avery’s inner journey is just as captivating as her external exploits against the Haederans. And be prepared. Wheeler is a meanie. She puts her characters, especially Avery, through the wringer. No one gets out unscathed or unchanged, which to me is a mark of an expert storyteller.
But there <is> a light at the end of the tunnel. And the ending doesn’t disappoint.
You’ll only beg Wheeler to publish a sequel.
(FYI, this is me begging by the way.)
The book summary does make it sound like religion is a main focus, but while it plays a role, I (an atheist) never felt like I was being preached at. It's a nice plot point, but you don't have to be "into" religion to appreciate what the author is doing here.
This is a well-done, attention-keeping, pleasurable read--definitely give it a shot!
I LOVED the short story based in the same universe and thought this novel was a cracking good read. I am really excited to get my paws on the next book.
This is a tale of a young woman in a very believable inter-planetary world - with ambitions for her life - dreams and desires that are all pretty much pulled out of her own hands. She's forced into a situation she has little or no control over. Of course, there's a love story - and a little bit of spirituality stuff (which to me never felt heavy handed.) I always felt like the world and characters were very believable.
I have read a lot of pretty dire/cheesy 'self published' stuff - but this does NOT belong in that pile. This really is a solid first novel! I am genuinely baffled by the thus-far crummy rating amazon.co.uk.
It’s written with from a close 3rd perspective, and the voice is masterfully done. The main protagonist is so real and complicated. She’s faced with competing desires and responsibilities and it’s easy to relate to her on that level. It’s nice to see a main character who is strong, but still shows her moments of weakness and uses her quick-wit and intelligence to get out of trouble (and sometimes into it as well). It made it so much easier to relate to her as her world was falling down around her ears.
There are so many great characters in this book, including an antagonist who I have a lot of trouble hating. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Anne revealed that her characters are actually real people because they have just that much depth. The characterization is effortless, revealed slowly and deliberately, with each character having their own competing desires.
I highly recommend this to anyone who loves sci-fi, but prefers character-driven books.
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