Author: Joel Shepherd
Series: Cassandra Kresnov, #1
Genre: Space opera
Setting: The far future - a conflict between two interstallar empires.
Reason for Reading: mrpet said it was good.
Finished In: Hours.
Pages: 457 nailbiters.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A suited figure in midair exchanges gunfire with a small spacecraft. Everything is angular and monotone.
First line: "Sunlight lay across the bare floor of the hotel room, falling rich and golden upon the smooth white sheets of the single bed, and the exposed pale arm of its occupant."
Best part: Unputdownable action, yet still made time for some larger ethical questions.
Worst part: I wanted it to be twice as long. Is that so much to ask?
Imaginary Theme Song: "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson
Recommended for: Any fans of space opera and robots are going to need to check this out.
Related Reads: Carnival by Elizabeth Bear. Friday by Robert Heinlein. Also, the feeling of the new Battlestar Galactica series is definitely evoked.
Cassandra Kresnov is on planet Callay to settle down. She hopes to get a good job and live a quiet life. The interviews are going well and the capital city has lovely parks. But someone knows her secret - she began life as a robot. And the nightmarish plans they have for her will plunge her back into an intergalactic conflict that could determine the fate of the human race.
This book is a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping ride. Check it out.