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Daisy’s Run (The Clockwork Chimera #1) by Scott Baron

Daisy's Run

2 stars

A ship heading back to earth from deep space is hit by debris and damaged. The AI supercomputer running the ship is woke early to make repairs and ensure that the ship stays on course. While the crew members didn’t know each other before the journey, they were fed information about each other and their skills were updated so that they would be prepared for duty once they woke up. The crew immediately starts repairing the ship, but strange things start happening. Continue reading “Daisy’s Run (The Clockwork Chimera #1) by Scott Baron”

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

This Shattered World

4 stars

This is the second installment in the Starbound trilogy. This story is set on the terraformed planet Avon. The planet hasn’t developed as quickly as it should have and the colonists are struggling to survive. The colonists have started to rebel against the terraforming corporations in charge of the planet’s development. As a result, the corporations have sent soldiers to Avon to quell the uprising and install order. Lee Chase is a military Captain with a reputation for being tough and dangerous. Flynn Cormac is one of the rebel leaders trying to reach a peaceful agreement with the soldiers. Continue reading “This Shattered World (Starbound, #2) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner”

Vox by Christina Dalcher


3.5 stars

I learned that once a plan is in place, everything can happen overnight.

The premise of this book is very disturbing. Your rational mind says “this could never happen in the U.S.”. But given the current political climate, there is a tiny voice in the back of your mind that whispers “…right? I mean, it really couldn’t happen, could it?” THAT is the most disturbing thing about this book. That tiny voice that skitters around in your mind while you lay in bed at night trying to fall asleep. Continue reading “Vox by Christina Dalcher”

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James

Tarnished City

4 stars

This is the second book in the Dark Gifts trilogy. The story picks up right after the end of the first book. Lord Jardin is the interim Chancellor and begins massive crack downs on the slaves and rebels. He also begins talking about implementing new laws against skill-less and Gavar begins to worry about his daughter’s future. Luke has been convicted of murder and condemned. He is turned over to Lord Crovan and taken to his private estate for experimentation and torture. Continue reading “Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James”

Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

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4.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sancia Grado is a very good thief. Her natural talents are enhanced by a magical scrived plate in her head that allows her to sense the condition of objects to their molecular level. This helps her commit burglaries with amazing success. Merchant Houses control the magical technology called scriving that is used to code objects to improve or enhance their properties. They rule the land with their technology, but always thirst for more power. Continue reading “Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett”

Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio

empire of silence

3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new, big epic fantasy series. This book is told from the perspective of one main character toward the end of his life, after all of the big events in his life had occurred. The story centers on Hadrian Marlowe, an elite man from the ruling class. He is the presumptive heir to his father’s lands, however his life path doesn’t quite take the route he anticipates. He flees his father’s land and winds up stranded on a strange, harsh, unsophisticated world. Continue reading “Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio”

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

These broken stars

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve read other books from these authors and really enjoyed them, and this book didn’t disappoint. I read it in two days!

Our two main characters are traveling through hyperspace on a luxury spaceliner named Icarus. Lilac is the 16 year old daughter of the richest man in the universe. Her father is overprotective and doesn’t let Lilac go anywhere alone. She has bodyguards with her 24/7 and he actively discourages any boy from showing interest in his daughter. Lilac, never knowing if someone wants to be near her for her money, influence or access to her father, has built up a protective wall around her to keep everyone at a distance. She works hard to project an aura that she is superficial and flighty. Continue reading “These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner”

Shelter: Tales of the Aftermath by Dave Hutchinson


3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Sisters were two asteroids that struck the earth and almost annihilated the entire world. For almost a century storms ravaged the earth, making survival barely possible. In England pockets of survivors eek out a living in small communities. Most modern technology has not survived and the remnants of resources that remained after the asteroid strike are nearly gone. As civilization tries to rebuild, different tyrants emerge and cause chaos. In a small area of the country two strong families are at war and hundreds of people die in the ensuing battles. Continue reading “Shelter: Tales of the Aftermath by Dave Hutchinson”

Citadel: The Concordant Sequence by Matthew S. Cox


3.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first 20-25% of this book was very slow and I almost gave up on it. Fortunately, I stuck with it and was not disappointed. The author provides sufficient world-building, although most of the characters other than Kiera are pretty flimsy. Once the action picked up, the story kept my attention. I was also relieved to discover that this is a stand-alone book with a beginning, middle and end. This is a satisfying find in a genre overloaded with trilogies and multiple-book series. Continue reading “Citadel: The Concordant Sequence by Matthew S. Cox”

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