Atrophy by Jess Anastasi
Series: Atrophy #1
Published: December 7, 2015 by Entangled
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.
Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.
I love Sci-Fi romance and I’m always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi’s books a month ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it but I’ll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy and I am very impressed with the extensive universe that Anastasi has created.
I loved Tannin and Zahli and how they both wanted to be with each other so much even against Rian’s explicit orders. Tannin was so sweet with a little bit of geek thrown in and plenty of sexy swagger. Each crew member clearly has an interesting story to tell and I look forward to reading them.
Though Tannin and Zahli are the “main characters” there is really so much more going on in this book. It’s really about Zahli’s brother, Rian, and his revenge mission against the evil shape shifting aliens, the Reidar. There is so much going on in this book but it’s all presented in a clear manner that builds on itself and I never found myself getting confused. I’m not completely sold on Rian yet but I came to like him more as the book progressed. He has a lot of baggage and history that causes him to lash out but I hope that we’ll continue to see more of his nicer side as the series goes on.
The world building in this book is very extensive but I would have liked more information on the Assimilation Wars as well as the daring act that Rian does to end the war. This information may come later as the overarching plot if very present in this series. The other thing that stood out to me was that they are all worried about the Reidar which are capable of changing shape and looking like any person. I would have like a little more suspicion and some attempts to confirm identities. For instance, after they rescue Zahli, there’s no attempt to confirm she’s really Zahli and not a Reidar. Considering the danger, I little more caution would have been appreciated.
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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