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Space Junque (Apocalypto Book 1) by [Rigel, L.K.]
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Edited by USA Today bestselling author Theresa Weir (Anne Frasier)

Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction/Fantasy in 2010 and Best Debut Book in 2010 by The Romance Reviews.

It's been awhile since I've read anything set in the future or in space ... loved the politics and action ... impressed with the ancient mythology references and the world-building. I'm definitely picking up the rest of the series. --25 Hour Books

... a fast, enjoyable read. Rigel is a strong storyteller. I recommend that you give this series a try; it's definitely worth it. --Book Noise 411

Space Junque is a good, well-crafted read ... that unexpected twist I mentioned? Well, upon second reading, you find other clever little 'throw-aways' that ... give it a nice ironic flavour. --D.A. Boulter, author of Courtesan

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  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beastie Press (September 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041T59IY
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By D. A. Boulter on September 15, 2010
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Space Junque starts with the 'pedal to the metal', both figuratively and literally, and pretty much doesn't slow down. It is a short read and neither the reader nor the characters have much time to relax before something new gets thrown into the mix. Things start off with humanity (and the main character, Char) in a bad situation, which then gets worse. Each seeming reprieve only allows the danger to get closer and more personal. About halfway through, the plot takes an unexpected (at least for me) turn, straying from the more typical SF offerings. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that, as it takes me slightly out of my SF comfort zone.

L.K. Rigel knows a few things about writing SF and never gets bogged down in her world-building by dumping a lot of momentum-destroying info on us. Instead she feeds us information in mostly small packets, on the run--just the way I like it. So, don't be alarmed if you don't know what 'ghosts' or DOG (Defenders of Gaia) are when first mentioned. You'll get there. I like the way she can use a 'throw-away' to do a lot of work. When Char decides to abandon her car, she sets the car's admin program to 'Any Driver' and leaves her carbon credits in the glove box. There's still fuel in the tank and someone might be able to use the car to get to safety. In a few short sentences, Rigel gives us a peek into the technology of the society, the society itself and into the character of Char without slowing down the story at all. It's all there for the readers to integrate, but the readers have to keep on their toes.

As stated above, this novella is a short read.
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This story started out well, however I personally think that the author struggled to maintain the plot as this story progressed. The story started out slowly, then suddenly you had a big explosion (literally) and in a few paragraphs everything goes to hell before the character is miraculously saved and flies off to meet her sisters fiance. Everything slows down again, and not much happens for a charter or so, and then suddenly boom things go to hell again.

So little information is given in this book, I kind of felt like I was missing something or there was another book before this but it seems not. Dramatic scenes passed in a few sentences, while characters had no depth to them and their interactions seemed stilted and unrealistic. For example, the main characters sister is engaged to marry this guy except somehow neither of them worked out he's governor of the space station where the world government is centered. I mean how and why do you marry someone without knowing something that crucial?

Then we have environmental nutjobs running around blowing things up without somehow the slightest resistance or success in stopping them from what is apparently a cohesive world government. At one point they nuked four of the world's largest cities without anyone working out before hand to stop them - while on the same note, this governor of space station/sisters fiance knows everything will get blown up and runs away to set up his own empire.

The plot just went poof at the end, with a goddess appearing and magical creatures that are never explained manifesting while she (The goddess) makes references to other gods with no context. By the time I finished I was thoroughly confused and bewildered
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It was an interesting reading, but it felt more like a first draft of a work. I enjoyed the style of writing and the descriptions, but I felt like much of the plot points were dropped in the story. At one point, we're fleeing the earth because of ecoterrorists, then suddenly there are fairies and goddesses??? Elements that I all enjoy in a story, but could they have been a bit more coherently interwoven, please? I plan to finish out the trilogy, and hopefully get drawn in a little more.
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This storyline flies along so fast you get whiplash. The unusual terms aren't explained enough, the sex crazed female protagonist is all over the place with her actions. Get some continuity!
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All I can say about this book is ...WHAT? It had me so confused I wasn't sure what was going on. It moved way too fast. It jumped from one thing to the next so quickly I kept thinking I was missing chapters and I would go back and look for what I missed,never finding it. Half way through I just gave up with frustration and quit reading the book. This book is a big waste of time and if reading is relaxing to you,you wont find it here.
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Nothing is clear. Too many things are happening, and all without any form of order. I don't know what the author hopes to achieve, but it is definitely not enough to read it again, or get to the second book (please not!).
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Definitely a fast read, and a fast paced story. The characters are thrown into panic at the beginning and the pace continues throughout it. I found that this worked well for this story.

It didn't remain in simple space opera, which increased how much I liked the story, but had enough space opera for a strict sci-fi fan. Similarly there is enough romance for a romance fan, but not too much for someone who generally dislikes romance books such as myself. The balance for those who like space operas, more creative sci fi, romance, and general post-apocalyptic how to humans react, is very well done. I was not expecting for it to seem enjoyable to so many varying tastes when I started it, but that's the feel I got from it.

Enjoyable, fast, and wraps up the story enough to stand on its own while also giving enough to have a sequel (which is coming), this novella was better than I expected and even if it had only met my expectations, would have been worth the money I spent.
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