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Posted March 3, 2013
I was interested in the premise of this book, donate your body to science, and science might make an attractive, well mannered cyborg out of it. Cool.
This book really failed to deliver, the writing is very choppy and so much is left out of descriptions and prose, that it speeds along to the end in one hurried effort.
So much more care could have been taken on character development and backstories, so much more emotion and feeling injected into this tale, to make it a cohesive whole.
I was disappointed.
Posted March 31, 2012
Posted March 29, 2011
Nebula is a cyborg, a machine manufactured from a donated human body. She should have been reborn with a clean slate, knowing only that which happened from the moment of creation, but when she plays certain songs on the piano, she has flickering memories of a time before.
Radian is not initially a part of those memories, but the instant she sees him, a rebel and prisoner dragged aboard her ship, she knows him. And he knows her.
What follows is a story of self-discovery. Nebula is more than what she is programmed to believe, but she isn't Mirilee, the woman she was before. Who and what she is becomes apparent as she fights the Gryphonites and tries to expose their evil deeds to the human race.
Nebula's Music is a space opera that explores that age-old question: What makes someone human? I recommend it to scifi fans with a romantic heart.
Posted March 22, 2011
Nebula's Music is about a female cyborg's journey into a world unknown, the world of emotion. Cyborgs are robotic persons who were previously human and received technological enhancements after their mortal death. They look human but think and behave like robots. or do they? Nebula, previously Mirilee Fletcher in her human life, can see glimpses of her host body's memories when she plays the piano. These memories stir up feelings in Nebula that she has not been programmed to feel or understand.
As a cyborg it is Nebula's responsibility to protect human life. It is in this effort that she meets Radian, a man who was previously engaged to Mirilee, the woman she once was. More confusing, yet comforting feelings begin to tug at Nebula's heart when she finally comes face to face with Radian. She asks Radian how and why she died. She learns the truth about her death and the circumstances surrounding it. She decides she must set out on a mission to make things right. On this quest she faces extreme peril and suffers a great loss but in the end she is not left alone.
Nebula's Music was an exceptionally enjoyable read. It is a little bit of Star Trek mixed in with the feeling of Stephenie Meyer's, The Host. Author, Aubrie Dionne has created a whole slew of uniquely developed characters in this read, some are human and others are alien or humanoid, but all of them are delightfully intriguing. The character's relationships were meaningful and made sense. Their existence furthered the plot and supported the actions and feelings of the main character. I was also impressed with Dionne's colorful play of words and imagery. In particular, her description of the music Nebula played was poetic and moving.
The book is a quick paced read with a steady rise in emotional level. The story flows and escalates in energy in the same way a piece of music may crescendo or an airplane may ascend into the sky.
I definitely loved and will add this author to my reading list. I give Nebula's Music a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Amy Jones, Author of Soul Quest
Posted March 16, 2011
Author Aubrie Dionne has penned a whimsical and entertaining space opera novella; reminiscent of the Star Trek series. Nebula, a cyborg with far too much of her human side still intact, makes for a sympathetic heroine. The Gryphonites, a bird-like species, are worthy antagonists and the interplay amongst them, humans and a group of rebels makes for a quick-paced and interesting read. A love interest between Nebula and a human she was engaged to before she was a cyborg adds a touch of spice. In addition to writing, Ms. Dionne is a professional flautist. Her strong musical background shines through in this piece; and she does a solid job of linking the emotion in some well-known classical pieces to what her heroine experiences while playing the piano.
The spaceship felt quite real, and very Star-Trekky with whooshing doors and high speed elevators. And, generally, the world-building was solid. The description of the underground human enclave on the Gryphonites' planet was creepy enough to make me glad when the group found a way out of there. If you like "and they all lived happily ever after stories", try Nebula's Music. Appropriate for young adult audiences as well as those of us who are already grown up.