Thursday, November 17, 2016

Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker [Review]

 Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker
Star Nomad (Fallen Empire #1) by Lindsay Buroker
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: June 19, 2016

Fallen Empire
0.5. Last Command
1. Star Nomad - Kindle
1.5. Saranth Three
2. Honor's Flight
2.5. Starfall Station
3. Starseers
4. Relic of Sorrows

Lindsay Buroker
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
They have her daughter. She will stop at nothing to get her back.

When system-wide civil war broke out, fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko left her family and accepted a commission in the Alliance Army to battle the empire’s tyranny. Four years later, the empire has been toppled, but chaos and anarchy now rule the system. Alisa, after being injured in the final battle, is stranded on a dustball of a planet billions of miles from home. She learns that her husband died during the bombings, leaving their daughter on Perun, a planet that has become the last imperial stronghold.

Alisa must find a way to Perun, even if she has to steal a dilapidated ship from a junkyard overrun by murdering savages to do it. She’s ready for the challenge. She did not, however, count on finding an elite imperial cyborg soldier squatting in the ship and planning to use it for a mysterious mission of his own. Alisa can’t let him or anyone else stop her, or she'll never see her daughter again.
Thoughts on Star Nomad: Hoo-boy. This book hit the spot in a BIG way. A snarky, driven heroine. A cyborg with an honorable core. A pessimistic engineer. A ship full of memories that's old enough to have been retired ages ago. Yes. I AM BLISSING OUT HERE, THANKYOUVERYMUCH.

Alisa's desire to get back to her daughter on a planet she won't be welcome drives her to take some interesting chances. She partners up with a former enemy, for one thing. She also tests her flying chops in an asteroid belt. Which I'm sure was hair raising for those aboard her ship.

As much fun as Alisa is, her passengers are right up there with her. From the former doctor who is hiding a secret to the science teacher who likes to dip into recreational, mind-expanding herbs. Alisa also picks up a security chief with a passion for grilling. Plus, she has her cyborg. Who's not hers, but they kinda end up taking responsibility for one another in a roundabout way. I bet Leonidas's story is going to be interesting when he finally loosens up enough to tell it.

A system in chaos, a determined pilot, and a cyborg with secrets. I'm seriously loving this world and these characters.

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