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Nameless: The Destiny Trilogy Part One (Morningstar) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 13, 2014
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A.C. Williams, a founder of Crosshair Press, started writing at age 11. With 39 completed novels and more underway, she'll never run out of stories to tell. When she isn't writing, she's hanging out at her family's 100-year-old farm on the Kansas prairie. She loves sharing what Jesus is doing in her life, and she believes there's a Doctor Who quote for every situation.
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It's Christian at its core with Xander remembering that she is a Christian about halfway through the book. Before she remembers, she is doing her best to live a moral lifestyle in a society that has no knowledge of God. I found it to be a really interesting concept, following Xander as she navigated this society, knowing she doesn't agree with things, but trying her best to live a good life.
She eventually meets up with a crew of bounty hunters who were all brilliantly unique. The crew tries to do the right thing, but each member has their own particular issues to deal with. All the characters were well fleshed out and I really enjoyed this book! There was plenty of humor and edge-of-your-seat moments. I was constantly trying to find time to read.
I loved Xander. She had a great voice and really was just trying to the best she could with the hand that had been given her. I liked her interactions the crew. I appreciated how while she found another character very attractive, she was willing to push those feelings aside and try and be his friend first and someone he could trust. He had issues and was a jerk most of the time, but I liked where he was going at the end.:)
There was quite a bit of language but no profanity or use of the f-bomb.
Xander starts out on a moon known for prostitution and drugs. She waits tables here, trying to save up enough money to get off the planet without turning to prostitution.
There was frequent talk of sex and Xander was almost raped twice, getting saved just in time. Nothing too graphic but some intense scenes. All the references to sex did get a little wearying as other characters frequently remarked on how pretty Xander was and how they'd like to take her for a "tumble".
A secondary character is lesbian and befriends Xander. I thought her incorporation was very interesting and how Xander treated her as a friend didn't judge her for the lifestyle even though she did not agree with it. Same with the prostitute that Xander knew on the moon.
Based on the above, I would only recommend this book to an older audience (18 and older). I definitely recommend it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
While there's humor, there's also plenty of somber poignancy throughout. Also, plenty of world building, and in the best way (to me). It raises questions about how the interplanetary system works, about how each culture works. The customs, the slang, the nuances. In the later part of the book, after an incident occurs and one character who seems one-dimensional until then goes on a rant, an incredible character-focused twist shows so much is brimming under the surface, but also shows experience in cultures.
Best part of the book is how it raises critical questions in numerous ways. From Xander's staunch stance on her faith to the Prodigal crew's skepticisms to a brilliantly done Android. People made to seem like total archetypes turn out to be fully fleshed out and thought out with the story's philosophy. This was an incredible journey on different planets and through space.