Thursday, December 24, 2015

Atrophy by Jess Anastasi

Science Fiction Romance/Space Opera

From Goodreads:

No one on Erebus escapes alive...

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.

Atrophy is part Science Fiction Romance and part Space Opera.  Zahli and Tannin are attracted but there is a big problem.  That problem is found in Zahli’s brother, Rian, who is the captain of the space ship Imojenna.  The Space Opera part is the quest Rian is one.  I found Rian the most complex character in the book.  It is hard to put him in any category.  Things have happened to Rian that make him difficult to understand or to get a focus on his personality.  His reactions drive the story.

The plot has several different twists.  It starts as a prison break and ends as a hunt for aliens.  The development allowed each character to come more and more into focus. Don’t look for a solution to the alien part of the plot.  Zahli and Tannin do get their HEA but that problem is almost part of the background.   What the story really does is introduce a great cast of characters, built a complex world, highlight a very big problem, give some of the backstory, and set the hooks for future stories in this world.

I am looking forward to seeing much more of the Imojenna and her crew.

Entangled: Select Otherworld published Atrophy by Jess Anastasi in 2015.


I received an ARC of Atrophy from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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