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    Not Your Typical Sci-Fi in the *BEST* Way

    4.5 Stars-- requested from Net Galley I chose to read this book because I find that sometimes sci-fi can get rather repetitive and this seemed very different than the usual. I thought it would be a fun read and I was wrong: it was brilliant and completely engrossing. I try to pay attention to if books include marginalised groups and this had a Black woman as the main character with a gay brother. So the book had lots of diversity without seeming forced (and by forced I mean using stereotypes not when there is more diversity than people tend to expect) and the premise was so interesting. The book has so many themes such as consent, autonomy, war, war profiteering, and many more. Like Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," "The Sin Soldiers" looks at the effects of when logic is completely distinct from any emotion in such a way as to show the dangers but also to feel sorry for people who are like this. There is also definitely a critique of toxic masculinity and toxic behaviours and I really enjoyed that Kai's love interest didn't necessarily change for her, nor did she rehabilitate him-- but did address his own problematic behaviours and took responsibility for them. Too often in books bad behaviour is written off as attractive and is not totally addressed. "The Sin Soldiers" definitely did not follow that mold. Kai is a really fun main character and I really appreciate that her relationships with the other primary characters (her brother Dex and the 3 soldiers she ends up living with) are each unique. Sometimes I feel like when one character gets introduced to a group their relationship is shown as the same with each individual and Tracy Auerbach did a fantastic job creating unique relationships. I read a lot of books and not many of them do I read the last page and feel jolted back to reality. This was one of those books. I was so into it and then when it ended I was momentarily dazed before looking up when the sequel comes out (which tragically I was unable to find). I totally recommend this!

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