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Yule Planet: Escape from the Holidays Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07LGH3DBT
- Publisher : Mischief Corner Books, LLC; 1st edition (December 22, 2018)
- Publication date : December 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 8697 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 156 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1791954669
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,432 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The world (both its wintry wilds and the corporate-controlled resort bureaucracy), the pace, and the happy ending, where Sofia gets to exercise her own area of expertise, are all believable and well-crafted. Despite being under 70 pages according to the info, the story didn't feel too short, which is rare for me to say! I think I like it as much as Ms. Martinez's previous holiday SFR novella, "Safety Protocols for Human Holidays" (which is also F/F, though I don't know if she plans to continue so for *cough, cough* 2019's, 2020's, etc.).
Oh, as for proofreading, it's good. I caught one duplicated "on" (accidentally before as well as after "quietly"), one missing hyphen in a long, phrasal adjective ("-clean-sheets-"), and "deep" where it really should be "depth" or "depths"; that's it.
Sofia Cancino wants to get away from her boring life in middle management, and her crazy family entanglements. When she runs across a brochure for a cheery holiday resort on a frozen planet, it sounds perfect. She books her stay, and is really excited until things go awry. Which they do almost immediately. To tell you much more would ruin the plot.
I’ve been a Martinez fan for a long time, and loved her quirky 2017 Christmas tale “Safety Protools for Human Holidays.” “Yule Planet” proves once again that she has the writer thing down, as she spins a tightly knit fish-out-of-water tale that grabs you by the collar and drags you along for the ride.
Sofia starts as a bit of an entitled snot, and is given lots of room to grow during this novella-length tale. She takes full advantage. But then again, so does her love interest, who starts as the grunty-silent type but has a whole backstory of her own. I loved watching their relationship grow, often in fits and starts. When it’s finally consummated, it’s sweet and funny in the way only Martinez can manage.
But the ones who steal the show are the chionisaurs – which I can only aptly describe as fuzzy snow dinosaurs. They provide a lot of the comic relief in the story, but also much of its heart, and put me immediately in mind of Anne McCaffrey’s dragons.
In fact, the whole story reminds me of some of my favorite Anne McCaffrey tales, particularly Dinosaur Planet and the Freedom series. It’s like McCaffrey if McCaffrey had written lesbian couples, and believe me, coming from me that’s the highest praise.
Like those books, “Yule Planet” features worldbuilding of both kinds – by the author to paint the scene, and by the characters building the actual world themselves. And Martinez does both really well.
I loved the way the plot moved too, from purposeful misdirection – there’s danger over there! and then danger pops up here instead – to the seeming ending in the middle, which offers a chance for Sofia’s character to change and grow in the crucible of a very difficult decision.
I absolutely loved this story – it hit all the right notes for me for a sci fi tale – and I can’t wait for the next entry in Martinez’s sci fi holiday tales.
I love the way each character is revealed with quiet efficiency. Interesting alien creatures (I'd love to know exactly how sentient they are), and a creative solutions.
That starts the story. Sofia is not very likable, but I guess that should be expected if you’re suddenly thrust into a situation way out of your control. For reasons, her rescuers can’t do anything but bring her along so she agrees to work with them. In doing so, she does gradually come around and learns to trust the motley group, albeit with mishaps.
There’s adventure, danger, love, humor, and conniving corporate “suits” in this novella. Some parts are pretty funny. There’s also diverse, matter-of-fact LGBT representation among the characters, although everything is fade to black. Since it’s really about Sofia being exposed to a different world, it works well. And there is also a happy ending – at least it made me happy. I liked Sofia’s decisions and actions as the book progressed. She really grew up and took charge of her situation. And then, the adventure was over all too suddenly – I wanted more time with the characters even though the story is complete.
Top reviews from other countries
When her shuttle to Yule Planet crashes, leaving her stranded in the snowy wastes, her life falls into the hands of a group of former convicts, conscripted to work on supplying the resort.
As Sofia works with them and their fabulous floofy/feathery beasts of burden, the planet's native chionosaurs, she discovers that there's more to life than she'd previously believed.
As a massive fan of Angel's Brimstone and 77th Precinct stories, this book delivered all the elements I've come to expect from the author - an excellent cast of fascinating and diverse characters - a challenge to be met head on - lots of sweet romance and some unexpectedly loveable alien creatures.
I found this a very enjoyable short read with a most satisfying conclusion.
Along the way she grows to enjoy her time with this group and their friendship and team work and begins to fall for Marta a gruff worker she is tasked to work with.
A great story about helping others and falling in love in the festive season.