Date read: April 16, 2018
1. Saving Askara - Paperback | Kindle
2. Chasing Earth
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Victoria's day starts out like any other aboard the transorbital ship, Phoenix. Such is the life of an emergency medicine specialist in the age of "post-discovery". Sure, she had always dreamed of interacting with intelligent extraterrestrial life- the real thing, not those microbes on distant moons. Who wouldn't? She was still happy with her career, however mundane and demanding it might be. That's what it took to run a ship the size of a small city smoothly. Monotony. But all that changes one morning, and suddenly she's not so sure she didn't stick her foot in it...Thoughts on Saving Askara: I have a lot of love for this book. A LOT. Like, it gave me all the odd, alien lovin' I didn't know I needed AND the potential for so much more. Actually, let me modify that slightly: I could still do with more alien lovin'. Aderus and Tori barely scratched the surface on what works for them and I imagine it will only get better.
Be careful what you wish for.
Escape had been their only drive, and even death was preferable to the alternative. But they never thought their flight for freedom would put them in an uncharted system. Forced to interact with an isolated world and its inferior, albeit curious people. When it affords them an unforseen and unprecedented opportunity to take back their world from those who seek to destroy them, however, Aderus begins to wonder if it wasn't fate. Earth's proposal is shocking and uncomfortable for a fierce, independent race that relishes in their solitude. But the more he learns of humans, the more he comes to admire and respect them. One, in particular.
Things I loved: The Askari are VERY not human. Humanoid, in some respects, but there are plenty of differences once you get past the two legs and two arms thing. Culturally, they're worlds apart. Askari are extremely solitary and Tori and her people aren't. Which causes some tense moments for our characters.
Basically, Aderus has to suppress every instinct he has when they make first contact and I PRETTY MUCH LOVED THAT.
Flat out, it takes time for Aderus and Tori to begin to see each other in a potential romantic light. Aderus is focused (as are all the Askari survivors) on pulling his people out of the cosmic crapstorm they've found themselves in. (Uhh, that's a metaphorical cosmic crapstorm, not a literal one. Just so we're clear.) As a doctor, Tori is focused on helping the wounded aboard the Askari ship and not completely blowing things with a heretofore unknown alien species.
I am SO ready to see what happens next. Because this book isn't the end of their story and that ending KILLED ME.