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- Print Length: 458 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990555550
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- Publisher: Steel Rigg Books; 1 edition (November 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LBQ3YE0
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book. Because of heartbreaking events in book 2 we basically start with a new set of characters. Namely the mercenary sisters Rain and Snow Stormcloud. I love them and their sass and kickbutt ways. It takes them a bit to warm up to Aura, but then they completely take her under their wing. And so begins the transformation of Aura Morningstar. She learns how to protect herself, becomes so much more confident, all while trying to deal with the psychological fall out from what the super creeper Darien Stone did. I loved her character before, but in this book she really comes into her own. She breaks a few noses and has some hilarious internal monologues.
Which leads into one of the best parts of the story - her baby. It has a very good message as Aura decides that its not just the child of rape, its God's child and its going to be hers. Plus you get Rain trying to help her figure out a name for the baby (it's worth reading the book just for that scene), and you also get the prickly mercenaries being the cuddliest surrogate aunts in the galaxy.
The other thing I adored about this book I can't really talk about without major spoilers, but the last ~1/4 of the book was the middle of that dark truffle I mentioned earlier. So. Much. Happiness.
Only complaints - there were plot things we started off the book with and then a new plot line about the middle that never got wrapped up. And I'm pretty sure that there's going to be more books in this particular universe, so I'm sure its just setting everything up for those, but still I really wanted to know why things were happening and what the guy wanted the AL units for!!
So, if you've read any of the Destiny trilogy, finish reading so you can experience this book, because believe me, it's worth it. I still have a certain character shaped hole in my heart though.
Content Warning: Like the other two books, there's a fair amount of language, no profanity or really "strong" words like the F-bomb though. Sex is mentioned and there are some innuendos thrown around. Aura has some flashbacks and nightmares from when she was raped, but overall I'd say this book was a little tamer on that score than the previous two.
Xander has no memory of who she was before being rescued from a wrecked spaceship, she doesn’t even know if the name on her jacket is hers. All she knows is things aren’t the way they should be. People are supposed to have morals, but few do, and none know anything about God or the Bible.
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
The violence is about PG-13. The swearing is very strong with the f word used, and sex is everywhere in this dystopian future. Xander is the only character who even understands the concept of waiting until marriage, and many characters are gay or lesbian. If this book had not been by a Christian, I never would’ve read the whole series. It’s probably one of the most “adult” books I’ve read.
SPOILER WARNING: In the second book, the main character is raped and it’s described. (I skipped that part best I could.)
Originality and world building: *****
The storyline was quite original, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say more.
Even though seeing a world with no Christian morals was pretty disturbing, the worldbuilding was really good, and it reminded me of my own space opera. I really enjoyed the world, even with its gritty problems.
Characters and their Arcs: ****
The characters were likable and unique. They all felt like individuals.
Writing style and Pacing: ****
The books were very hard to put down. I liked the breakneck pacing, and I read the first two books together, something I rarely do.
Other things I liked:
I mostly liked the worldbuilding. I will admit, even if it’s nasty, sometimes it’s nice to read a book that feels like the real world, but with a Christian perspective that didn’t pretend all those horrible things were supposed to be normal.
Other things I didn’t like:
For the first two books, it felt like the author was trying a bit hard to be edgy. I can’t put my finger on what made me feel this way, though it may have been that the voice felt YA, so that much gritty content felt out of place.
I didn’t like the main character’s name changing. I also felt like realistically, Xander should’ve got some self-defense training early on, not been helpless for so long.
The third book ended with unanswered questions, so I hope the author isn’t done exploring the universe.
Is it worth reading?
Yes, but only for very mature readers who can handle an R rated storyline. This book doesn’t pull punches.
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