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  • An exploration of human nature. Great Romance.

    In a future where humans fear robots, a cyborg is on her way to the trial of her life. Does she deserve the same rights as humans, or will her existence be reduced to the robotic parts keeping her body alive? Hated and constantly hurt by those who surround her, Elora has built a shell around her heart. However, opening herself to trust might be the very thing that saves her. Ternary is a heart-warming Sci-Fi novel that will ignite a storm of emotions in everyone who reads it. From devastating moments to the more lighthearted ones, Kristin L. Stamper elevates the cyborg story to its most human level yet. This novel made me cry, laugh, and get angry always in the right moments. I binge-read it in just two days. An exploration of human nature, Ternary delivers us characters so well-developed they jump out the pages. The three main characters are all very distinct from each other, and their clashing personalities are what tie in their relationship so well. Even when one of them is trapped in Elora's brain, his consciousness turns distinctive from hers to the point even the way she moves changes. All characters are great. My favorite one was Elora with all her sarcastic snark. Her emotions always swept me up until I was either crying with her or laughing with her. Her ability to remain resilient and strong despite all the terrible things that happened to her was admiring. I couldn't help to feel identified with her way to see the world. Ternary is written in first-person from Elora's perspective, and believe me when I tell you is never a dull moment with her! The way her personality bounces off Bertie's drives the story forward. And don't get me started on their chemistry with Gary! I must confess I'm not a fan of romance, but Ternary is one of those cases where there's romance revolving around an exciting plot. It kept me glued to the pages. You have Elora's upcoming trial, her questions about human identity, and a mysterious alien vessel that suddenly appeared above Earth. She must face all of this while also surviving the mob who hates her and keeping the other character safe. Also, the way the relationship between Elora, Bertie, and Gary grows is so natural with all its ups and downs and despite everything happening to them. It's a struggle! But a good one. The writing quality is impeccable. A lot of thought went into its editing. Stamper has a seamless, easy to read way to convey Elora's voice. It is deep and thoughtful, making it a joy to read from start finish. This, combined with how the world is built, paints a clear picture of everything that's happening and why. There's a believable reason for humans to fear robots. There's a history behind that. One of my favorite parts of the novel was how the mysterious alien ship tied in with Elora's plight in the end. It was a great way to explore her personality, and it gave me all the feels. I especially enjoyed the scenes spent on this ship. It's not the typical alien story. The originality behind it (from its appearance to how it communicated) was a delight to my Sci-Fi loving heart. I recommend Ternary to every Sci-Fi reader who's ever questioned where our humanity starts and ends. Are we the sum of our parts? Are just that constant synapsis between our neurons? Do we only reside on our organic vessels? Stamper does a great job of exploring all these questions in an engaging way. If you enjoyed The Host by Stephanie Meyer, you will love Ternary. It's similar in premise, but Ternary dares go way beyond. Pick it up! You won't be disappointed.

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  • AN EXCITING RIDE THAT I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED

    Living Post AI Human War. Elora, an illegal half android on her way to a trial for her life stumbles into something that changes everything. (I was given this book as a ARC or Advanced Reader Copy given through NetGalley for an honest Review. All of these thoughts are mine and at no point was I pressured or swayed in my opinion) Trigger warnings: This book contains: Physical Assault, Graphic Violence, Medical Harm, Character Being Treated As ‘Other’/Less Than Human, Physical Restraint, and Torture This is a solid 4.5/5 Ternary is a sci fi book with prominent LGBTQ characters in the cast. They coming in the form of both a gay character, and a Bi one. Both playing important roles in the story. What can I say except that this book kept me hooked the whole way through. Consequently, at no point while reading this was a bored or pulled out of the story. I never felt the need to put this book down. Elora Cussons our sarcastic snarky protagonist On her way to a trial to determine her humanity, Elora is not willing to put up with others bullshit. She has enough of her own to deal with thank you very much. This trial will determine if she is giving the right to be seen as alive. To be seen as something worth having free will. Therefore you can say she’s a little bitter. In other words, can you blame her for being snarky when everyone around her clearly sees her as some object? a ‘Tin-Man’ if you will. Or sees her as some type of object to get something they want. Like saving a crew member that has got themselves stuck in a place that humans can’t reach. But saving Lieutenant Fuentes leaves some complications Well she finished the mission to save Lieutenant Fuentes. All under duress of it being good for character moral for the trial. Of Course Elora is now in a predicament that leaves her in some trouble. Sure Elora saved the day, became the hero of the hour. Whoop Dee Doo. However, the mission didn’t go perfectly smooth. And it left Elore coming out of this mission with some complications that she can’t shake. And these complications? They leave her already rocky life spirling as she gets caught up in someone else’s love story. Above all, none of this she has any time for. Not when her life hangs on the opinion of a mass that believes that she is an abomination. This book kept me hooked throughout this book I was unable to look away needed to know what was going to happen. I was at no point pulled away from the story or wanted to put it down. This book had me on edge throughout. Action pact moments leaving me tense as I read, needing to find out what was going to happen. I felt the anger at characters for their actions toward Elora. Them seeing her as less than and a danger to society as whole. Not to mention the author’s great job of writing Elora. Which left me able to see how this affects Elora and feel for what she is going through. Speaking of Elora, She was a thoroughly enjoyable character to be with Elora was a very in depth character, with her flaws on display just as much as her virtues. I can say that Elora is a complex character that was very well written. What I enjoyed most about Elora was that she always has something to say. Most of the time in the form of a snarky or sarcastic comment. Elora never misses a moment to say something, and it left me entertained while reading this book. Her tirade of constant remarks making a entertaining read. But don’t be fooled into her not having her soft spots. Because she has those too, just waiting for a moment that she can let them free. Now if only the world could quite beating her down she could let them loose more often. Speaking of the world, The world building was alive and ripe with things to discover. This book was filled with world building and and things. All of which adds to the story. At no point while reading this did I feel like the information was redundant or filler not their advance anything. moreover all the information added up to make the world that I was experiencing more real and lived in. This world lived and breathed and I enjoyed my time with it to the very last page. By the end of the journey with this book I wanted more To clarify I very much enjoyed my time with this book. And reaching the end of the book left me satisfied with the characters arc and how it concluded. But This book did leave me lingering, wanting more. I wanted to stay and continue to live with these characters even at the end. In short, I can say that this is a book that I can recommend. Especially if you are a fan of Sci Fi and enjoy prominent LGBTQ characters. And great complect characters all wrapped around a snarky protagonist.

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  • Literary Titan

    Ternary, by Kristin L Stamper, is a story about the cyborg Elora Cussons. Despite her not asking to be turned into a cyborg, she is brought to trial, Cussons vs. Humanity, to determine if she is human or machine. In an attempt to show she’s human, Elora accidentally traps a dead man’s consciousness in her cybernetic brain. Now, she has to be an intermediary between him and his husband while keeping her own heart out of it. And in a world where she faces fear and hate, Elora learns the true meaning of love and what it means to be human. Stamper does a great job of dropping the reader into the action and into Elora’s head. We get to know her through what she sees, says, and actions. While I’m not a fan of the first-person perspective, I believe that Stamper did a great job with it. There’s the love story between Gareth and Bertie, and this is a big part of the whole novel. But when it comes down to it, Ternary is Elora’s story. I genuinely believe that the third-person perspective wouldn’t have done this story justice, especially if Stamper switched POV’s like some authors do. I enjoyed reading this story. It flowed well. Stamper showed a world where humans have made technological advances over what we have today. We are shown that humans are now tolerant of marriage between men. They are even tolerant of a close relationship between three people. Though Stamper handles this in an unusual way, with the consciousness of one person sharing a body with another person, and they marry or remarry the man they both love. But on the other hand, humans still fear and hate what is considered alien to them. Stamper doesn’t go into much detail about the Great Human-AI War that happened. Because of this war, AI’s, robots, and cyborgs are feared and hated. Enough that mobs and vigilantes attack Elora and try to kill her. Stamper brings an intriguing future alive that explores fear, hate, and mobs. It’s about dealing with someone who is different than us but still loves and can be hurt. Ternary is a highly original novel that has action, romance, and philosophy mixed in with the drama. The cyborg and technology aspects will entertain readers of science fiction.

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  • Sci-fi for empaths

    There is a predominant misconception that sci-fi is for dudebros. Kristin Stamper's Ternary breaks the mould and how wonderfully! If you are a sensitive, empathetic soul and have stayed away from the "boys' world" of Sci-Fi, I recommend Ternary wholeheartedly for its rich characters, engaging plot and subtle way of sneaking up and tugging at your heartstrings.

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