- Series: The Endure Series
- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148498563X
- ISBN-13: 978-1484985632
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,296,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maven: (The Endure Series, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 29, 2013
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Starla Huchton released her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread, as a full cast podcast production beginning in August 2009. Her first foray went on to become a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. Since her debut, Starla’s voice has appeared in other podcasts including The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, The Drabblecast, and Erotica a la Carte. She is also a voice talent for Darkfire Productions, and narrates several of their projects, including The Emperor’s Edge series, This Path We Share, and others. Her writing has appeared in the Erotica a la Carte podcast, a short story for The Gearheart, and an episode of the Tales from the Archives podcast (the companion to Tee Morris and Philippa Balantine’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series), which garnered her a second finalist badge from the 2012 Parsec Awards. Her second novel, a Steampunk adventure entitled Master of Myth, was the first place winner in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of The Sandy Writing Contest held annually by the Crested Butte Writers Conference. Maven is her third completed novel and the first in a planned series of four. After completing her degree in Graphic Arts at Monterey Peninsula College, Starla opened up shop as a freelance graphic designer focusing on creating beautiful book covers for independent authors publishers. She currently lives in Virginia where she trains her three Minions and military husband.
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The female protagonist, Lydia, is a young, accomplished genius with a PhD and a Nobel Prize already under her belt at the age of twenty-one. She is a strong female character who cares deeply about her work. Her life's ambition, starting from age twelve, was to land a position on the Endure. Socially awkward at times, Lydia is easy for the reader to relate to despite her high level of intelligence and achievements. Her vulnerabilities make her accessible and her interactions with Daniel are fun to read.
Daniel, the male protagonist, starts with an air of arrogant, womanizing reputation of ill repute that clashes with Lydia's expectations. As a fellow child prodigy, she had hoped that Daniel would be someone she could relate to. Daniel, who lacks motivation to do anything beyond what is minimally necessary, suddenly has all the motivation he needs to get his life in order when Lydia offers him a challenging pursuit. I would have liked to have seen more challenge, however, as Daniel is very quick to turn himself around for her and everything seems to fall in line rather easily. I suppose I was hoping for a bit more conflict or missteps between them before Daniel decided to put himself straight.
The main story line centers around a mysterious research project that Lydia and Daniel stumble onto that has global-disaster implications. They must work together to discover who they can trust and what can be done to stop it. The research is well done, it is a unique angle and I liked the technology they used in their research and sleuthing. There are times when the story gets a bit stalled by the details and explanations of technology and microbiology, but I know many readers will eat these details up and ask for more.
I did have one minor thing that irked me in regards to the research and Daniel's department - not one of the "Tech" people in Daniel's department (that we hear of, anyway) is female. Daniel, his assistant Carston and the two experts he calls in are all male. As a female who works in the computer and web technologies field, I found this a bit annoying. I think at least one of the computer experts could have been female. The computer technologies field is seen as a male-centric field still, and I was hoping that Maven would break away from this perception.
The pace of the book was well done. It kept me turning pages well into the night and I was excited to see what might happen next, both with the story line and between Daniel and Lydia. Some of the dialogue, however, felt forced at times, especially the first meeting between Lydia, the Captain and Dr. Gerardi. I just had a hard time picturing that line of conversation actually taking place, although it did serve its purpose in giving the reader an understanding or perspective into character motivations, which I believe was the point behind it. As a dialogue-reader, this unfortunately took me out of the story at times, but I don't think it will bother the majority of readers.
Overall, Maven is a unique and enjoyable read that I would recommend to both Science Fiction Romance readers and general Science Fiction readers. It is the start of a series and I look forward to reading the next book.
Trying to make up for his lack of first impression, and looking the computer genius lackey with a reputation of being a ladies man of the Endure, Daniel realizes the beautiful Lydia is all work. What Daniel doesn't know, Lydia has known of him for years and had hoped to find a kindred soul in him, being brilliant and young like her. To show he can be focused and taking a new direction to win her eye, he sends her unknown sample files he found from her predecessors computer trash bin. When Lydia finally looks at them, in Daniel's presence, she's curious about the specific bacteria and why sampled and tested on this facility. Something is off, Lydia's never heard of projects centering around these, putting her and Daniel on the alert. What Lydia learns is deadly, to her and to the world.
Lydia might find the man she was hoping for. Daniel might learn to find what he was missing in life. Lydia and Daniel will learn, with knowledge could come danger. These two hold more knowledge than the whole of the Endure, and can or have connected the dots... Will they find a level ground to work on to find a cure in time?
First, this book was what I was needing in a time I was struggling through many great reads. I sat down with it Saturday evening, stayed up late, then woke up Sunday morning to pick it up and not set it down until I was done. I just fell in love with Lydia and Daniel. And the creation of Deep Water Research Command Endure. I couldn't stop reading this one! Adorable romance.
We are in year 2050, in an under water research station. I felt I was experiencing Lydia's first experiences on the Endure with her. Excited, and let down when the welcoming sponsor wasn't there. But excited. I love ocean research, I wanted to get into it when I was younger, so I'm thrilled to arrive with Lydia.
We get two point of views, Lydia's and Daniel's.
Meeting Lydia right off, I liked her. Smart and sharp minded. She made me smile at her words to Daniel as he saw her for a beautiful lady to hit on. My kind of girl. Love Lydia and her spunk. Not only is she a genius but quick. Lydia knows Daniel's reputation, and will not jeopardize her dream job for him. I love how she puts him in place, subtle but done and he knows it. It drives him NUTS!! lol.
Daniel!! Ooooo, boy that man is something, and the exponential growth of his character throughout the book. WOW! He is full of potential. But when Daniel finds the left over files in the trash from Lydia's predecessor...things will take off, in all directions.
I was drawn to learn more of what Lydia and Daniel found and how they would get more information, worried they would get caught by the people creating this danger. And there is their relationship. Would it take off? Would Daniel come to his full potential? Will Lydia see Daniel for who he is? Oh! There are sparks between these two, and they fly. Oh, the computer hacking. The suspense as to if all would work. The mystery of finding more details and suspense surrounding a few characters had me flipping to know more. The corruption gets deeper and deeper as we go. So good. I had to see how it ended.
The romance was sweet and took it's time to build. But when it built, aah... These two are young, twenty-two and twenty-one, but still young at heart. They both grew up struggling with being far more advanced than others.
This story is a science fiction romance. Yes, there is some science to it, but the romance is forefront. The technical and science part, done so I understand but in no way deters from the genius of the characters. The science is easy to understand and works in balance with the romance to create the story.
Refreshing drop of water with this story. I love the aquatic take and the sparking romance. Wonderful romance with a solid story and suspenseful mystery. I love when the two come together so perfectly!
The main characters are both geniuses in their early twenties. Lydia has been an orphan since her family was killed in a car accident when she was in college at the age of 12. At 19 she won a Noble Price. Now she's the head of the bio lab on Endure. She's dedicated, accomplished, responsible, to say nothing about her intellect.
Daniel is the son of the Captain of Endure. He's a brilliant computer tech who is everything Lydia isn't. Until he meets her that is.
As they develop their relationship Daniel decides it's time for him to grow up and live up to his potential. Just in time too. It seems that someone has been researching how to covert deep water bacteria into a deadly weapon. There is a mole in the station who needs to be identified also.
The story is well thought out and with just enough real science discussed to bring the Sci into the Fi. It's fast paced and I didn't want it to be over. The end is a cliffhanger and since I don't like those I gave it four stars. I hope I know when the next one comes out since I will be reading it.
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