Source: free Kindle download 11/21/15
Date read: November 30, 2015
Pure and Tainted
1. Purity - Kindle
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K is a fourth level Paladin and a servant of Purity—the holy nothingness she has been taught to revere and aspire to from childhood. Born on a sexless world from an artificial womb, K was fitted with a black mesh skinsuit at the tender age of nine. The suit nourishes and defends her from enemies and serves as her main weapon in the holy war her people have declared on the rest of the universe. It also eradicates even the slightest traces of emotion. Leading her purge squad in a never-ending mission to rid the universe of the Impure, K is accustomed to killing or enslaving everyone she meets.Thoughts on Purity: I ended up really liking this book and I'm a little sad there's no second book to snap up. Because those Tainted seem like they have lots of issues to work around and I'd love to see them find themselves. Plus, I have a deep weakness for sexy sci-fi and this book delivers on both the sexy and the sci-fi.
That is, until she meets Boone.
Boone is a doctor and geneticist from Colossus—a heavy G world which has rendered the people who inhabited it larger and stronger than regular humans. He’s more than happy to stay on his own planet and do research—until his little sister is taken by Purists and delivered to the pshalite mines. Frantic to rescue her, he hatches a desperate plot—capture a Paladin and use the enemy pawn to gain access to where his sister is being held. K falls into his net—but not without a fight. When she is wounded in the battle, Boone is forced to cut off her skinsuit in order to save her life.
Now, removed from her comforting routine and separated from the parasitic suit, K is beginning to change. Her body is blossoming and her mind is opening. For the first time in her life she can feel…whether she wants to or not. In order to survive in her new environment she has to cooperate with Boone.
However, she soon finds that it isn’t just her body he holds prisoner…
but also her heart.
So. K. She has some seriously ingrained brainwashing to free herself from. Poor Boone gets stuck with her (and, yeah, the fact he captures her with the intent to use her to rescue his sister *seems* like he wouldn't fall into the "poor Boone" category, but he does.) and has to navigate a wealth of firsts to show her what she's been missing. And the more of her real personality that is revealed, the more he finds himself liking her.
Then fate throws a wrench into their relationship and K comes face to face with her past. I have to admit, I like how Boone handled things. But then, big, sexy, sci-fi dudes are totally my weakness. *slow thumbs up*