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Infinity Paperback – June 6, 2017
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About the Author
Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island, a few towns away from where she grew up. She is married, has four great kids, a spoiled Ragdoll cat, and lovable black lab. The house is noisy and the dinner table full! She holds a degree in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for years at a small, independent Waldorf school. She also worked in the admissions office there before turning her attention to full-time writing.You can visit her blog at tabithalordauthor.com where she posts author interviews, hosts guest bloggers, and discusses some favorite topics including parenting and her writing journey.
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Plus, the hero and heroine are beautifully real!
Too many characters make sudden appearances in the beginning and throughout the book. Whether you read the first book in the series or not, it may not help in having a full inventory in place. Perhaps, a list of characters and locations could have helped. However, it does not matter. Most of the characters come and disappear; none is fully developed to stand out.
The plot is feeble at best. A planet-wide strife is reduced to the level of a skirmish in a military facility. One man seems to run everything. He shoots at unsuspecting crowds, directs the search for dissenters and oversees the sales of goods to interplanetary traders. There is a bit of history, which though said in few words, seems to have a more engaging plot, as well as a bit more science. There is an abandoned city in ruins, which offers an interesting twist, but was soon forgotten.
We have earth like planet, with two moons. Nothing more is said about this world, Almagest. Maybe the first book has more details about it. There are two cities or habitations in this world. One populated by regular people, Amathi who have a dictator to run the show. Another place has descendants of a genetically modified people, an experiment that was carried out one thousand years back. The Novali are the genetic mutants and have special powers. They can read other people's minds, they can heal injured, and sick people and they are highly empathic. So, they are peaceful, and therefore they got almost wiped out after a genocide - the story of the first book.
This book continues the story of a small group of Amathi dissenters and Novali survivors ganging up with a small group of interplanetary guests to overthrow the dictator. Nothing is bordering novelty here. As said, it is just a minor street fight.
What is interesting is a few genetic modifications that can give such powers. How does that happen? Perhaps the first book has some explanation, but it is sorely missing here. Alternatively, is this information reserved for a future book in the series?
Derek’s commander agrees to allow Derek to take a team to Almagest to determine the extent of the problems. When the team arrives they soon discover the resistance struggling to face a cold winter with limited supplies. There are still contacts within the city but Marcus, the brutal dictator, is pushing hard to find rebels while arranging trades of ore and Novali to further his military growth.
The team must find new shelter as Marcus is sending planes out to locate and destroy their current camp. Caeli is already suffering PTSD and is emotionally injured again when not everyone makes it safely to the new location. The team plans a daring raid to take control of a supply train. The plan runs into a few hitches but does result in desperately needed food supplies for the resistance.
The team and resistance leaders realize they have to move soon as Marcus closes in. Derek decides to go undercover to approach Marcus so he can get a better picture of the situation. Although Caeli has been glad to see familiar faces, some events are triggering the PTSD that impacts her effectiveness at crucial times. There are more losses and betrayals before an all-out confrontation brings the rebels face to face with Marcus’ troops.
This story jumped into action and continued along at a good pace. Emotions ran on a roller coaster with sorrow and anger followed by joy and hope; then dropping again to more anger, sorrow and fear. The relationship between Derek and Caeli is strong and touching. I liked the inclusion of characters from the first book and there are some new characters I like and hope to see in the next book(s).
The author uses historic journals to explain how the Novali people came to be which was interesting once it became clear what this was. A simple tie in through the current day characters explaining they were reading the journal would have made this technique clearer. I liked the plot progress and the resolution on the planet. Then the author adds a last page hook of suspense to set up the next book. Hope it isn’t a long wait! I recommend this to readers who enjoy a good space opera with action, suspense and warm romance elements.
I received this from NetGalley for tour review. My rating 4.5.
Caeli and her small group of friends want to help. They will assist Caeli and her people and their group of resistance mean. Is there a spy along the way for Marcus and his army. You will need to read to find out. Caeli comes back to help her group of resistance friends like Jon. What are they keeping them and what are they doing to the children.
Will the people stand up and fight or will they let some tell them what to do? Will Derek and Cali love survive? A world is torn between them too. Derek love Caeli enough to stay with her? There are so many surprises and twist along the way, you will be to wanting turn the page to find out.
Tabitha Lord give you adventure of your life and a book you will not want to put down. The plot is well written and done. You get a love story along the way. You get to know the crew as well as Derek and Caeli.
I believe this book is good for though science fiction but also I would suggest teens to read it from the age of 14 and up. The parent has the right to decide. It being rated PG 13 so it would be okay for 13 years old if you the parent this your child or children are mature enough for the book. That is up to you.