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  • Fast Paced and Enjoyable

    Rebecca St Martin is a rather pathetic person but as far as being a character, she's not exactly pathetic in a bad way, she's not whiny and her morbid mood and inner thought process/dialogue is quite entertaining once you get past the whole morbid thing. Earth is invaded by humans from elsewhere, she makes a deal to save her parents and ends up working at a facility on one of Jupiter's moons as a general purpose technician. She's kept in a form of indentured servitude, promised the ability to buy her freedom but not paid enough for that to ever be a realistic possibility. It reminded me a lot of the stories I've heard about the American mining towns in the 1800s. Adding to the humiliation of being a non-citizen, she's also unable to accept cybernetic implants, making her a reject, forcing her to rely on cheap crappy external gear, marking her as even more of an outcast. Her former girlfriend from Earth, Captain Katherine Frances of the Canadian Army shows up under the guise of Captain Amelia Andrewson, Corps Black Ops, and stuff happens. The book is short and very fast paced. There are a series of nightmares, some which involve flashbacks, others are about fears for the future, I was really on the edge of whether or not I liked them but blissfully they're all, except the first, very short despite being 9-10 of them. There are very few details about the world she lives in beyond basic life activities, minimal enviromental description, minimal world building, it's all very contained to the immedate focus of the main character. To me this is a bit of a negative but I'll admit I'm really into spaceship, spacestation, etc porn so I really like details. When it comes to the writing itself, I won't comment too much because I've never been one to worry about prose beyond readability, but I'd say it's an easy, smooth read. It's very much a character drama, the plot is simple and reasonably straight forward, if it weren't for the importance of the main character's internal dialogue it would scream hollywood movie. All told I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars and I will be buying the next book in the series when it releases.

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  • Totally unexpected!

    Not going to lie, I bought this just because Krista wrote it. Silly me, I didn't even bother reading the synopsis, and I was floored! This was total surprise from start to finish in the best way possible. The last thing of Krista's that I read was Spirit Caller - also a 5 star series, read it! - and it did not prepare me for the complete tonal shift of Traitor. This is so much darker, and gritty without veering into horror for horror's sake. That isn't to say it's comparable to the grimdark trend in current fantasy; Traitor doesn't shy away from bad things happening to people who don't deserve them, but there is still hope. And, as always, Krista writes a main character that is believable in her ordinariness. I loved it!

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  • My type of Science Fiction

    The story of a woman who defects to the invaders in exchange for saving her parents. Her life of indentured servitude and dispair gets thrown into chaos when freedom fighters/ terrorists infiltrate the station where our protagonist is working. It was refreshing to read a "Earth is invaded" story from the POV of someone who acts like most of us probably would (ie. Not heroically).

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  • The Expanse meets TanyaHuff's Confederation series

    Review Rebecca used to design fancy gadgets for a secret government agency in Canada. But when the Earth was a invaded, she made a deal with the invaders in order to buy her family's safety. Now she's an indentured servant on a prison planet – until a familiar face shows up. This is not a happy book – Rebecca is depressed and suicidal. Most of her colleagues are horrible people. And the world the author paints is horrifying. But the story sucks you in and keeps you hooked. The characters are all deeply flawed, but most of them are ultimately redeemable. Although I've not read the books (I know, I know – they're on my TBR list), the thing this most reminded me of was the Expanse – with a little dash of Tanya Huff's Confederation / Peacekeeper series. I've been reading a lot of self-published lately and so many of them suffer from insufficient editing in one way or another. This one could have used another pass, but the story itself was solid enough to justify 4.5 stars.

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