Date of Publication: October 6th, 2015
Dates Read: August 4th – 11th, 2015
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.
Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.
Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?
Note: I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ★★★★★
I’m just going to cut to the chase: I loved this book.
I was hooked from the very beginning. I never wanted to put it down! The plot was intense and fun, and it was refreshing reading sci-fi after reading so many fantasy/dystopian books lately. Sometimes the action did slow down, but I feel like it worked here because it just made everything seem more dire and also stopped Liddi from solving the problem right away. It’s like I felt the same frustrations Liddi was feeling.
Speaking of the characters, I loved them, too. I greatly enjoyed the sibling love between the Jantzens – it seriously warmed my heart. I also really liked Liddi. I was worried I’d be annoyed with her, but she turned out to be my favourite and I was rooting for her the whole time.
The writing was lovely. The descriptions were bright and vivid, and it just sucked me right in. To be honest, sometimes the technology and inter-dimensional terminology would get a little confusing, but I still understood what was going on well enough to be able to continue on. But aside from that, all the little problems that popped up along with the big problem just made this book so exciting and magnetic. It wasn’t too much to handle, which made the reading experience that much more enjoyable.
And the ending… well, I really liked the ending. I’m glad things didn’t go exactly as planned. Even though it’s a work of fiction, it’s nice to see some realistic outcomes.
I really need to get my hands on a physical copy!
Overall: A wonderful, magical science fiction book that I would gladly read again.
This review was originally posted on my booklr on August 11, 2015