The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Book Review

 


The Freeze-Frame RevolutionBook Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: N/A

Released: 6/18/18 by Tachyon Publications

Pages: 192  Price: $14.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

She believed in the mission with all her heart.
But that was sixty million years ago.

How do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million? How do you conspire when your tiny handful of potential allies changes with each shift? How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps, that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly, honestly, only wants what best for you?

Sunday Ahzmundin is about to find out.

My Review:

I just did not get this book and struggled through most of it.  I kept wondering what was going on and so much simply didn’t make sense to me.  The last 30 pages I ended up just skimming so I most likely missed some answers to the questions I have but by the end I simply lost interest.  The only reason I finished the story was because it was so short.

My biggest issue was I never truly understood what the crew was doing out there in space.  It had something to do with gates, but gates to where?  How did they work?  Why were they being built? Oh wait I think that was explained.  Then there is the fact that they end up ‘sleeping’ for centuries at a time and mention that humanity might not even exist on Earth anymore.  So what is the point of building the gates?  This plot point struck me as unnecessary.  I think the author wanted to use it as a way to make the story interesting, but I think it would have been fine had the crew simply slept for a few years at a time.  After all we never go back to Earth or interact with any other race so there is no new technology or civilization for the crew to readjust to.

I did like Sunday and her interactions with chimp and the other crew members.  The whole mutiny plot was interesting but overshadowed by the questions I had, some mentioned above.

I wanted to like this more than I did.  I’m usually able to suspend reality while reading but this story simply brought up too many questions regarding plot and setting for me to overlook.  I’m glad I tried it and might be willing to try another title by this author.

My Rating: 2 Stars

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Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Book Review

 


Only Human (Themis Files, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction,  Dystopian

Book Series: Themis Files #3

Released: 5/1/18 by Del Rey Books

Pages: 336  Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

My Review:

I am so glad I gave this series a second chance.  The first time I attempted book one in this trilogy the way the story is told threw me for a loop.  Each chapter is a government document or letter or some other sort of file.  There is no or very little setting description and dialog is not formatted the way most fiction books are.  It was just too difficult to adjust to and I gave up. Then I got into audiobooks and decided to give this book another try.  Listening to the story with different narrators for each character made it so much easier for me to follow along.

Then I saw this book available at Net Galley and hesitated.  I really wanted to know how it ended but wasn’t sure I could get into the print version… Perhaps I should just wait until the audiobook comes out.  Well, my curiosity won out and I put in a request.  This time while I was reading I could hear the voice of the actors and way the story was formatted wasn’t as big a hurdle for me to overcome.  Still strange but I quickly adapted.

This was an awesome ending to a highly interesting and innovative trilogy.  There is so much I loved about this book that I’m not sure where to start.  There is so much social commentary on the current state of our society and I loved every comparison or parallel the author drew.  Xenophobia, fear, hate, over-reaching governments all of it was touched on in this book.  The author portrayed us pretty accurately and it might be enough to make you frustrated but by the end, after a few moments where I teared up I have a feeling of hope for our future.  The author doesn’t solve our problems for us in this book but he did give me perspective.  I’m not going to share more because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

This was a probably my favorite book in the trilogy.  Something that doesn’t often happen as I usually enjoy the first book far more than the others.  This series though ended strong and I’m glad I read them.  I hope you give this series a chance because it is one that I think people should read if we are ever going to evolve as a society.  Sometimes it takes an author to hold a mirror up to us show us who we truly are as a society.  And if they are really good they will deliver a great story along with it.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Head On By John Scalzi

Book Review

 


Head On (Lock In, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery

Book Series: Lock in #2

Released: 4/17/18 by Tor Books

Pages: 336  Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports.

Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it.

Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field.

Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth―and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

My Review:

Took me a bit longer to get into this one than the first book in this series.  The part focusing on the game Hilketa just bogged me down and made me struggle to focus on the book.  I’m not a sports fan, any sports apparently, as this is a made-up game in a made-up universe.   The parts focusing on the politics and business, or rather the corruption, of the sport, were a bit more interesting for me.

My favorite parts, however, were the scenes with Shane and Vann as the banter between these two is pure gold.  I also enjoyed Shane’s time with his flatmates and the parts about the cat never failed to crack me up.  It has been a while since I read the first but it felt like we spent more time with Shane’s parents and it was nice to explore the dynamics of their family.

Another part I found fascinating was the exploration of the virtual world, I forget its name, that the hadens create for themselves and use to interact with each other.  Parts of that reminded me of Ready Player One.

Like I said I struggled a bit more with this book but after reading the acknowledgments it appears like Scalzi did too.  I’ve long believed that often comes out in the writing.  The last third of the book worked the best for me and I often found myself laughing out loud as I read well past my bedtime to finish the book.  I so hope that Scalzi writes another book in the series as it is such an interesting world to explore.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Best Defense by David Mack

Book Review

 


Legacies #2: Best DefenseBook Genre: Science Fiction, Star Trek

Book Series: Star Trek: Legacies #2

Released: 7/26/16 by Pocket Books

Pages: 384  Price: $7.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A debt of honor: One brave woman ventures alone into a parallel universe to save her old shipmates, exiled there decades earlier by a mysterious device called the Transfer Key. She soon learns the alternate universe harbors not just an alien invasion force, but a secret that underpins its very existence.

A mission of peace: A long-awaited Klingon-Federation peace conference convenes, led by Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan and Councillor Gorkon of Qo’noS. But both sides have enemies who would prefer the two great powers remain at war—and who will do anything to make certain hate wins the day.

An errand of justice: Captain Kirk and his crew seek the stolen Transfer Key that opens a door between universes, but their hunt is cut short by Ambassador Sarek’s plea for help. The Enterprise crew soon becomes targets in a deadly crossfire—one whose outcome will decide the fate of two universes.

My Review:

I feel like I missed out a bit on the first third of the book as my reading time kept getting interrupted.  Stopping and starting an audiobook isn’t the same as a physical book, although keep continuity can be challenging in print as well.  Rather than restart the book I decided to keep plugging along and eventually I was able to get into the story.

The first part is fairly fuzzy the second half is what really stood out for me.  Much of that takes place at the peace talks between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.  Sarek has a pretty big role in this book and I find myself wanting to know more about Spock’s father.  Perhaps the next Star Trek book I need to read is his. Perhaps my favorite moments in this book were McCoy’s as we got to see him interact with his daughter who was a nursing student on the planet where the talks were being held.  McCoy’s personality truly shines in this book and his scenes were a hoot.

Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to seeing how this trilogy wraps up in the last book.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

Book Review

 


Legacies: Book 1: Captain to CaptainBook Genre: Science Fiction, Star Trek, Tie-In

Book Series: Star Trek: Legacies #1

Released: 6/28/16 by Pocket Books

Pages: 368  Price: $7.99 E-Book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

My Review:

I spotted this trilogy available through my library’s overdrive account and decided to add it to my wish list.  Last week I noticed that the first two books were available for borrow and decided the time was right to check them out.

Now I’ve read Star Trek books before but this was my first time listening to them and I have to say that the narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. He didn’t sound exactly like Kirk, Spock, Bones, and the rest of the crew but he most definitely got the inclination of their voices down.  The author also did a great job of capturing the essence of the characters and franchise as well.

If you are not a huge Trekkie I’m not sure this will interest you much, but I don’t think you will be lost.  It takes place on the original timeline on Kirk’s Enterprise around the time of Star Trek: Undiscovered Country as tensions with the Klingons are high.  A good chunk of the book is also told in flashback to a time before even Christopher Pike captained the Enterprise.

The plot felt much like the original series dealing with the first contact with a xenophobic race on a planet on the edge of Klingon space.  The action was good, the morality lessons timely, and the dialog witty.  I enjoyed the book but then again I’m a lifelong Trekkie and I brought much to the story.

My Rating: 3 Stars

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Book Review

 


The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Book Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Paranormal

Book Series: The Queen of the Tearling #3

Released: 11/29/16 by Harper

Pages:  496 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will be revealed…

My Review:

Wow, that was quite the ending!  It was well worth the wait for my turn to find out what happened.  If you’ve been frustrated with so many of the looming questions left unanswered in the first two books I am pleased to report that most if not all of them were answered in the final book in this trilogy. Like others have mentioned the ending was a bit abrupt but it didn’t really disappoint or frustrate me I guess.  Oh sure, I want to know more about Kelsea’s life afterward but I’m fine filling in my own details of what I imagine life has in store for her.

This book worked so well for me that it almost lifts up my opinion of earlier books.  Now that I KNOW what all happened it all makes so much more sense.  This story has so much to offer that I almost want to listen to it all over again to truly grasp the morality lessons it delivered.  Like the story, itself states works of fiction teach us empathy and hold up a mirror to our society and allow us to take a good hard look at ourselves.

The themes that I particularly enjoyed in this trilogy are the examples of extremism and fanaticism.  Also of what happens when the church takes over a society.  I almost wish that the author hadn’t solved these problems with magic but it is what it is.  Then there is the whole plot of a utopian society gone wrong that was a pure delight to explore.  The story shows us why you simply can’t run away from problems for they will simply follow you.  Change is a long and hard road with no easy answers to complex issues and can not be had without great sacrifice.

There were a few surprises near the end and a couple of things I would have done differently but overall I was so satisfied when I finished this story that I can’t even fault the story over them.  The last book ended up being my favorite which doesn’t often happen in trilogies.  Sorry that the trilogy is finished but happy that I took the time for it.

My Rating: 5 stars

If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress

Book Review

 


If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday's Kin, #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy

Released: 3/6/2018 by Tor Book

Pages: 336 Price: $27.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity has succeeded in building a ship, Friendship, in which to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base–and no cure for the spore disease.

A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed.

Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all. Amid devastation and plague come stories of heroism and sacrifice and of genetic destiny and free choice, with its implicit promise of conscious change.

My Review:

When I was given the opportunity to read and review the upcoming release from the Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy I jumped all over it.  I loved the first book! I appreciate the complex characters, moral dilemmas, and real science (as far as my liberal arts educated mind can tell) that Ms. Kress uses to weave her story.  So I cleared my reading calendar and sat down to see what happen next in If Tomorrow Comes.

If you are or have picked up this book without reading the first in the trilogy I think that you will be alright.  I still encourage you to go back and read that first book but I think you will still appreciate this story.  It could almost work as a stand-alone title if it wasn’t for the freaking cliffhanger at the end.

I have to confess that while I enjoyed this book I loved it a bit less than the first.  Still dealing with great topics but the book got a little bogged down in the middle.  I managed to zip through the first hundred pages but after a short break to finish another book (due back at my library) I struggled with the second half a bit.  Of course, that could be attributed to interrupted reading time.  Every time the story started getting good again I had to set it down.

What I loved about this book; the chance to explore a human society that developed vastly different from humans on earth.  Almost an opportunity to see how we could have been without many of the societal hangups we have here on Earth.  Of course, being the humans we are we still manage to muck up this other world with our influence.  I did appreciate how Kress didn’t make this other human race a utopian society.  It had its own share of issues but compared to the current state of our society it sure fell like a vast improvement.

I think what hurt this story the most for me was a character for me to truly connect with.  There were several I definitely didn’t care for but there wasn’t really anyone I really rooting for.  Perhaps humanity as a whole, but it wasn’t quite enough.  The end of the book managed to wrap things up nicely and if I had ended the story a chapter or two early I could have walked away satisfied and ready to move on.  But I didn’t and that last chapter reached out an grabbed me and now I anxiously away the next book to see how this trilogy ends.  I need to know what happens next and I think you will too!

My Rating: 4 Stars

Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (reread)

Book Review

 


Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Ready Player One #1

Released:1/16/2018 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 374 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Confession time.  I had already read this book when I requested it or rather I had listened to it.  I borrowed the audiobook from my library a while back but had wanted to read it again before seeing the movie.  I loved listening to it the first time as it is narrated by Wil Wheaton who quite frankly made the book truly come alive for me.  I had been toying with adding the title to my home library and when I saw the movie tie-in version come up for review I went for it and put in a request.

I’m happy to report that reading the book was just as delightful as listening to it.  It really does surprise me that this book works for me when I struggle so much with his second title Armada.   This book, however, is such a fun trip down nostalgia lane for anyone that grew up in the 80’s.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

Much of what I said in my first review carries over to this one as my opinion and observations haven’t changed in this rereading.  If you would like to know what I said in that review you can do so at this link.  If you are excited about seeing the movie please do pick up the book first.  After all the book is always better!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Artemis by Andy Weir

Book Review

 


ArtemisBook Genre: Science Fiction, 

Book Series: N/A

Released: 11/14/17 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 384 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Artemis: A Novel

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

My Review:

Let me start this review off by stating that I love The Martian,  I mean really love that book.  If you follow my blog then you already know this because it seems like I am constantly pimping the book.  I have reviewed it three times after all…(all linked in this review) I was super excited to get my hands on Mr. Weir’s second title because I have also enjoyed many of his short stories that he has published on his website.  Let me also get this out-of-the-way, Artemis is not as strong a story as The Martian.  It simply isn’t.  That’s okay, though, there was a lot to live up to in The Martian and that doesn’t mean that Artemis isn’t a thoroughly enjoyable book because it is.  I’m still giving it five stars, not that I think they are equal, just that The Martian probably deserved like ten stars from me.

Before I started my review I decided to check out some of the other blogger’s thoughts on Artemis and found a mixed bag, some glowing some more critical.  I tend to agree with many of the points of either type of review but they didn’t sway my opinion and decision to give this book five stars.  Let me tell you why.

Lets start with Jazz who seems to receive most of the harsh criticism from reviewers.  Yep she is a little rough around the edges and it can be difficult for a male author to capture the essence of female-hood.  Not that it can’t be done, but it can be a challenge, just as the opposite can be true of a female writing a male.  The tendencies to get carried away with stereotypes can be strong, also sometimes the character can come off feeling a bit off.  Personally I liked Jazz.  I thought she was well written, sure a bit awkward at times and juvenile, but that isn’t necessarily mean she isn’t authentic.  When you take into account the history of the character I think Jazz is pretty true to form.  She was a young girl raised by a single father on the moon.  She is a tomboy and probably didn’t have a strong female role model in her life.  I think she works and have known people in real life like her.  She was smart and funny and I appreciated the strong moral code she lived her life as a smuggler under.  She was flawed but redeeming which makes for a pretty strong character in my book. Just because you might not like someone and think they are awkward doesn’t mean they are lacking.

Now for what I love most about Andy Weir’s books.  The science!  I love that his science fiction is based in real science.  He doesn’t cheat, at least to my non-scientific liberal-arts fine art-degree mind that is.  I might not understand everything he explains in his stories but I love the fact that he takes the time to anyway and doesn’t make me feel stupid in the meantime.  I also enjoy how the lead character talks to the reader, breaking the fourth wall can be tricky.  Easily overdone but not in this instance.  Weir uses it to keep the reader engaged and invested in the story not to mention for comedic reasons.  I loved it!

On last point in this book’s favor that I feel has been overlooked in all the reviews I’ve read thus far.  The diversity in this book is amazing!  I can’t think of a more diverse cast of characters in any book that I’ve ever read, and there have been quite a few.  I don’t know if this speaks more to my reading taste or the industry in general but one of us needs to expand our horizon’s more.  This book was amazing in this regard.  Jazz is a Muslim Saudi female who is the hero of this story!!!  I don’t want to spoil anything else (that was leaked already by Mr. Weir on Facebook) but this book does an excellent job of portraying a diverse blended society.  One other thing I noticed in this book was the lack of Americans.  I’m sure they were there but most of the main functions of this society were not run by companies or people from The United States.   Hmm.  I wonder if this was a bit of social commentary by the author of what might happen to a powerful society that rejects science.  I think it does.

Is the book perfect.  No it can feel a little awkward at times but it was still fun and the ending was amazing.  I can’t wait to add this title to my home library permanently.   I also can’t wait to share this review and book with you my followers and my library patrons.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Rings of Haven by Ryk Brown

Book Review

 


The Rings of Haven (The Frontiers Saga #2)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Audiobook

Book Series: The Frontiers Saga part 1 #2

Released:  2/3/2012 by Ryk Brown

Pages: 241  Price: $2.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon  Ep.2 – “The Rings of Haven” (The Frontiers Saga)

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A ship stranded halfway across the galaxy. A difficult and lengthy journey home. A homeworld in urgent need of their return. And now they are running out of food.

The crew of the Aurora must now trust their new allies in order to survive. But their situation may be far more serious than they imagined. And their actions could have repercussions across the galaxy.

Their journey home may just have gotten slightly more complicated.

My Review:

I was surprised that my library actually purchased the second instalment of this series, there must be someone else that suggested the addition to their online catalog too.  I still don’t have high hopes that I will ever finish the series, as there is something like 19 parts and the only easy way to get a hold of them is an e-book through Amazon limiting their availability.

Took me a moment to piece together what happened in part one but once I remembered I did enjoy the story.  Not quite as much as the first but it is difficult to keep the action going in episodic fiction.  Sometimes you have a slower book than others, wherein a longer piece the slow parts are used to break up the action.  Sometimes when a story is released this way, in parts, you end up with a part that is simply all slow.

The story still feels a lot like an episode of Star Trek where the crew interacts with a potentially hostile new world after being marooned on the other side of the galaxy, Voyager anyone.  Don’t get me wrong I love that aspect of the story.  I would like to know more about what happened to humanity on Earth, we still get teased with the setback to the human race but I don’t feel like we were ever really explained what happened.  A couple more pieces were shared but the events still a great mystery to me.

Bottom line I still like the series.  The author is talented and tells a great science fiction space opera story.  If I get a chance to continue through my library I will but if not then I will probably let this one go.  The price is fair, but for so many parts $3 will add up quickly and prices this story right out of my affordability range.  If you have access to Kindle Unlimited, however, this story is one that you can read for free and would be a great option.

My Rating: 3 Stars