- File Size: 485 KB
- Print Length: 160 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L9FZHNU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flux Orbit Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, there are several areas of discontinuity - places where the story needed to get from point A to point B and apparently lacking a vehicle to take it, it just jumped.
The basic premise is that Kell is a space prostitute. Jorihn is the captain of a space station, and his crew bought him 3 weeks of Kell's services as a gift. From the beginning, there seemed to be issues with the major plot line. The parts about Kell and Jorihn read fairly well, but the bsckstory and world building surrounding the space station were really cryptic. It took me quite a while to realize it was a station rather than just a ship, for example.
The major plotline is that the crew of the station has settled a planet that contains Flux, the sole fuel for interstellar travel (we aren't asking how they got out there to find it in the first place). There is a large corporation that wants the Flux, headed by a bad guy.
So Kell and Jorihn have sort of a falling out or miscommunication, and Kell leaves the ship. This is the biggest discontinuity - at this point the book really changes in feel. Kell crash lands and discover that the Flux is sentient. It rebuilds him and sends him back. Some of the details around this are almost unintelligible, but it seems that Kell's entire body was rebuilt somehow out of something and he's totally different now, and also is sort of mind melded with the consciousness of the Flux.
From here the story just jumps around. He and Jorihn are on somewhat antagonistic terms (since Jorihn doesn't know he is Kell still), then sudden they are kissing for some reason. It gets more and more disjointed as the story goes, but eventually the crew and the Flux (The Coil) start to cooperate.
I wish this book had been given the once over by a good science fiction editor. I think there's nothing about it that isn't fixable, but it's sort of hard to read in its current form.
Flux Orbit is a fascinating science-fiction story that balances tender romance and heavy science fiction without relying too heavily on one or the other. Instead both arms of the story are vitally important to its success. The science fiction aspects are pretty far fetched but in the most interesting ways. There is definitely some suspension of disbelief required to accept and go along with the many twists and turns the story takes but the emotional payoff is so rewarding that it’s worth it. It’s hard to talk about the main plot without giving away spoilers but suffice it to say the science fiction aspects are impressive but never overwhelming. Fans new to the genre won’t feel buried with too much jargon or bizarre concepts, just a few.
The romance itself is really lovely. Jorihn and Kell have an instant connection and a nice, if very brief, initial time together. The relationship that forms after Kell reappears as Rally truly becomes intense. Watching the two men dance around each other with obvious chemistry is very entertaining but also somewhat heartbreaking as Rally reaches out to Jorihn for help. The internal struggle and mental anguish rides the line of being too angst-driven but the author has such a deft hand with the drama that it never slides into overwrought. Instead it makes the depth of the characters and their relationship that much more meaningful.
I was surprised and delighted by Flux Orbit and it’s one story I whole heartedly recommend. It’s rare to find a story that has handles both aspects of the plot (romance and sci-fi) so incredibly well without sacrificing one for the other. The writing is stunning, evocative, and truly engaging. I couldn’t put this down!
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