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Posted May 3, 2013
As the second book in the series you probably don't want to read this review if you haven't yet read book #1 in the series, Clutch.
Junco Coot left Earth with Tier, the Avian soldier who had come to save her. Apparently Junco wasn't the all around human she thought she was. Turns out she was human, Avian, and part AI as well. But for her to survive she needed to morph before her 20th birthday, something all Avians must go through.
Tier returns to Amelia, the space station the Avians live on, with Junco in tow. This is a direct contradiction to his orders, which were to kill Junco, not bring her back to live as one of them. But he figures he ranks high enough that the worst they'll do is demote him, and as long as they get Junco into the tank to morph in time, she'll be safe too.
But, as with most things in Junco's life, almost everything goes awry. Tier is accused if treason and is forced to stand trial. And Junco, well she has issues of her own, starting with surviving something called the 'General Fledge.'
The story progresses at a rapid clip, and for all that Junco is a stone cold killer (@ least in her own eyes, making her the perfect soldier for the one commanding her - but then even that could rapidly become a liability she believes), she shows more and more humanity while with the Aves (the Avian military) than she ever did on Earth. And more of her back story comes to light, helping shed light on why she is the way she is.
There are several new characters introduced, and each one plays an important role in Junco's new life, even if they aren't the roles she had them pegged as playing. The arc of the story is smooth and consistent throughout the book, making for an entertaining read on both the action and psychological fronts, not to mention the level of interest in character development. And again Ms. Huss leaves the reader raring to move right on to the next book in the series, anxious to learn how things will go for Junco and her friends and team/squad-mates.
Posted March 20, 2013
Me, while reading today (March 18th)...**checks time** "okay, it's 11:30...I'll read just a bit more and then I'll stop for lunch"... **checks time again** "oh great! It's 1:45!!??! Well, no lunch for me - have to pick up kids now!" And I don't have Lucan's special transportation talent as an excuse for losing time! I just got lost in Junco! :)
Holy s#it! The action and suspense just got dialed up a few notches in this second installment! Junco is now fully morphed and fully immersed in the avian world. However, Tier is imprisoned and on trial for his transgressions so Junco doesn't have him for guidance. She is an official member of the Aves 039 - Tier's team but she must still prove herself worthy. And to do so, she must pass all the tests presented in the Fledge.
This portion of Junco's story deals mostly with her Fledge and finding her way in her new home. I love that Ms. Huss is once again building a brand new world for me. It's incredible the detail of the avian habitat - and I was equally absorbed in this next chapter of Junco's tale.
Tier isn't as physically present in this book although he's always there. We meet an entirely new cast of characters including all of Tier's teammates as well as the President of the avians, Lucan. And we also meet Junco's fellow fledges...a motley crew of avians who must succeed or die. The fledge process is extremely violent, and Ms. Huss' detail made reading about it visceral.
Junco is, of course, challenged in every possible way - AGAIN. And, again, she rises to meet every challenge in her quest to prove herself AND save Tier. Trust is a huge issue for Junco - who can she trust?
I found this second book just as engrossing as the first. I'm still amazed at how immersed in Junco's story I find myself and it's all due to Ms. Huss' storytelling ability! There are new developments in Junco's journey, new twists and mysteries, and new thrills, shocks and heartbreaks. I am all the more impressed with Junco's resiliency and strength. Even though we meet many characters in this book, I feel this is mostly about Junco's growth and maturity along her path towards fulfillment. And I cannot wait to see what comes next!
Posted August 1, 2013
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