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  • Great read

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it’s brilliant. Very well read and keeps you turning page after page and hating when you get interrupted and have to put the book down! Great characters, great story-line and very well written! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • A dim past but can they build a bright future?

    An unhappy office worker is accidentally stranded on a hostile planet full of danger along with an ex-military cyborg who’s exiled himself in perpetual isolation, unable to deal with the things he’s done and been done to him. Romance, danger, survival in an authoritarian corporate-run dystopia, what’s not to like? Sounds like 2020, but with actual romance… I should say first that looking at the (beautiful purple) cover and the spread of similar stories in the genre you might be expecting a fair high-energy naughty escapade a la Anna Hackett and paced accordingly, however this is no such thing. What you have here is an actual science fiction romance with a gentle pace and focussing much more on the relationship and feelings of the protagonists than naughty action. (There is of course nothing wrong with that at all check my shelves *cough cough*, but just letting you know what you’re in for) While not going for the full Mills and Boon emotional rollercoaster, Marting uses the entire length of the story to gently and deftly build the personalities, history and the romance between the two, overcoming both their own shortcomings and hesitancies. This might be slow, but it is satisfying and works well, solidly building the foundations block by block. This brings a genuine realism to the story which is far apart from the instalove/mates scenarios which have been sadly overused by other writers. The characters are well defined and well realised, in fact much better than in similar works I’ve read. This is probably one of the best treatments I’ve seen of cyborgs for a while (his solution for dealing with the interloper nearly had me choking, but makes very logical sense) and a lot of time is spent on warming Lukas up from his robotic dead end. It was great to see him emotionally unfolding like a flower, and perhaps in a first showing his vulnerability and physical hesitancy considering his background. You almost never see shy virgin guys let alone cyborgs in these kinds of stories... Cressida by comparison is not quite as realised and although her backstory explaining how and why she ends up on a deathworld is good, she just doesn't get quite the same limelight or treatment Lukas does. It firmly establishes her, and I’d like to see more but that would almost certainly run to many more chapters in an already fairly slowly-paced novel. Also a shoutout here to her sexual positivity and self-image, it’s great to see a woman who is unafraid of herself, knows what she wants and doesn’t let barriers stand in her way or get her down, while framing this in Overall really enjoyable, well written (although the family resolution seemed a little too neat and rushed) I recommend this if you want to see a genuine cyborg romance without venturing straight into the red light district. (or you can do that... You do you #nojudgement) Judging from the except of Zone Cyborgs #2 “Paradise” I’m pretty excited for that as m Marting seems to keep going strong with a romance featuring a roguish freighter captain rescuing a female cyborg, which as far I know also hasn’t been done (justice) yet. I am strongly considering buying it based on the quality of this first story.

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  • Ahem, !!!

    I enjoyed the first part of this book but not the rest. It didn't make sense. Had we changed writers or books???. Where is the proof of proofreading?? Grammar details? The idea of cyborg & traveler was quite catchy, caught me into this love story early on. More to come of this?? Improve, expand & lengthen. Then come back.

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