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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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What does the title have to do with anything?
Anyway, if you want a good sci-fi fi romance with a strong and interesting heroine, rich imagery with lots of action, try the Dock 5 series (along with Finders Keepers and Accidental Goddess) written by Linnea Sinclair, who unfortunately no longer appears to be publishing.
Ms. Anastasia writes a pretty good sci-fi adventure. She throws in just enough of the love scene business to satisfy all but the really hardcore romantics. What I really like is that she has carried the "big picture" over into the other books to tie them together nicely. Book one has the Infamous Captain Rian Sheeron taking his crew off after the shape-shifting bad guys. These are the ones who tortured him and are now trying to take over the galaxy. But no one really believes Rian until they see one of these shape-shifting creatures die. That's when their true form is revealed, and it's kind of yucky!
This invasion and the Captain's pursuit of the shape-shifters is an ongoing theme in this series. It's a nice tie-in. Each book is the story of the individual couple, but the series' theme plays in the background providing the link to the rest of the series. A nice technique and very well done in this case. Ms. Anastasia has a very nice writing style.
There were a few weaknesses when characters didn't act the way I felt they should have. Mostly Rian, the captain, and his sister, Zahli. They both had a couple of very childish, impulsive moments when they basically had temper tantrums and didn't consider the consequences to themselves or anyone else. These things aside, if you like some romance and a righteous cause thrown in with your sci-fi, this series might be one for you to try out. I find I'm really looking forward to book three!
I purchased this book from Amazon in Kindle format for full price. This is an honest review for which I am not being compensated. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley
Sentenced to a life on the prison planet Erebus at the age of 16, Tannin Everette has been waiting for the right opportunity to escape and find freedom again. When the ship Imojenna has to make an emergency landing on Erebus, Tannin sees his chance. But once he's on the ship he wasn't expecting to find help from the Captain's younger sister, Zahli. Zahli owes Tannin a debt and she believes in his innocence even when it means standing up to her brother. But as they travel further from Erebus their problems are just beginning.
What I Liked
I love Sci-Fi romance and I'm always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi's books (Damage Control) a month ago and haven't gotten around to reading it but I'll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy and I am very impressed with the extensive universe that Anastasi has created. Though Tannin and Zahli are the "main characters" there is really so much more going on in this book. It's really about Zahli's brother, Rian, and his revenge mission against the evil shape shifting aliens, the Reidar. There is so much going on in this book but it's all presented in a clear manner that builds on itself and I never found myself getting confused. I loved Tannin and Zahli and how they both wanted to be with each other so much even against Rian's explicit orders. Tannin was so sweet with a little bit of geek thrown in and plenty of sexy swagger. Each crew member clearly has an interesting story to tell and I look forward to reading them. I'm not completely sold on Rian yet but I came to like him more as the book progressed. He has a lot of baggage and history that causes him to lash out but I hope that we'll continue to see more of his nicer side as the series goes on.
What Needs Work
The world building in this book is very extensive but I would have liked more information on the Assimilation Wars as well as the daring act that Rian does to end the war. This information may come later as the overarching plot if very present in this series. The other thing that stood out to me was that they are all worried about the Reidar which are capable of changing shape and looking like any person. I would have like a little more suspicion and some attempts to confirm identities. For instance, after they rescue Zahli, there's no attempt to confirm she's really Zahli and not a Reidar. Considering the danger, I little more caution would have been appreciated.
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