Publisher: Nine Star Press
Release Date: October 9, 2017
Received From: Review copy from the author
Ardulum. The planet that vanishes. The planet that sleeps.
Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport, Mercy’s Pledge, and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by—but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that, long ago, visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology…and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods.
Neek does not believe—and has paid dearly for it with an exile from her home for her heretical views.
Yet, when the crew stumbles into an armed confrontation between the sheriffs of the Charted Systems and an unknown species, fate deals Neek an unexpected hand in the form of a slave girl—a child whose ability to telepathically manipulate cellulose is reminiscent of that of an Ardulan god. Forced to reconcile her beliefs, Neek chooses to protect her, but is the child the key to her salvation, or will she lead them all to their deaths?
GENDER: cisgender, alien species that uses neopronouns
SEXUALITY: bisexual, lesbian
TROPES: religion vs science, slow burn, magical abilities
TAGS: adult, fantasy, science fiction, space opera, queer characters, coming of age
WARNINGS: captivity / slavery, kidnapping, explicit violence, ableism, xenophobia, colonialism
I am not going to rate this book due to the fact that I didn’t finish, not as a result of the book being awful, but simply because I couldn’t get into it, personally.
As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I didn’t exactly enjoy it but I didn’t hate it either. Thus, I was willing to try the second book. It didn’t take long before I realized I wasn’t going to connect with this book any more than I did with the first.
What I read wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me. There were some spots in the narrative that were overly descriptive while some areas lacked description completely, which made it incredibly difficult to become absorbed in the book as I couldn’t picture anything properly.
J.S. Fields (@Galactoglucoman) is a scientist who has perhaps spent too much time around organic solvents. She enjoys roller derby, woodturning, making chainmail by hand, and cultivating fungi in the backs of minivans. Nonbinary, but prefers female pronouns.
Fields has lived in Thailand, Ireland, Canada, USA, and spent extensive time in many more places. Her current research takes her to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest each summer, where she traumatizes students with machetes and tangarana ants while looking for rare pigmenting fungi. She lives with her partner and child, and a very fabulous lionhead rabbit named Merlin.