Space Junque (Apocalypto, #1) [NOOK Book]

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Edited by USA Today bestselling author Theresa Weir (Anne Frasier)

Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction/Fantasy in 2010 and Best Debut Book in 2010 by The Romance Reviews.

The DOGs want to destroy the world.
The gods want to make a new one.
The trick is to survive both.

At the end of the 21st ...

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Space Junque (Apocalypto, #1)

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Overview

Edited by USA Today bestselling author Theresa Weir (Anne Frasier)

Nominated for Best Romantic Science Fiction/Fantasy in 2010 and Best Debut Book in 2010 by The Romance Reviews.

The DOGs want to destroy the world.
The gods want to make a new one.
The trick is to survive both.

At the end of the 21st century, civilization is at the brink of environmental collapse. As Char Meadowlark prepares to board the Imperial Shuttle for some time off planet, the airport is attacked by the DOGs, an eco-terrorist group.

Jake Ardri, cocky pilot of the private shuttle Space Junque, offers Char her only hope of survival. Together they flee to the orbiting Imperial Space Station, the seat of world government.

As the conflict escalates and global war threatens humanity's existence, ancient gods return to take control and impose a new world order. Char and Jake are caught up in a divine plan to save the world - but first they have to survive the apocalypse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781498967303
  • Publisher: Beastie Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2014
  • Series: Apocalypto , #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,552
  • File size: 274 KB

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Interesting novella

    Space Junque is the first book in the Apocalypto series. It's a short read - a novella set in the future. I've never read science fiction before, but this was pretty interesting. It's basically the end of the world and Char has to leave Earth. Since all of this is set off by the oil spill that happened in 2010, a real event, I think that makes this story that much more interesting. It's crazy to think about people actually living in space. It's a very imaginative story.

    I really liked the character of Char. Her fiance was killed and she may never see her twin sister again. She has gone through a lot, her life is in danger, but she stays strong. She is rescued from this impending doom, and pushed into this crazy world of space. The story is quick paced, which I like, but I was a little overwhelmed with everything that was going on. I liked the little romance that falls into Char's lap. I thought Jake was a great character - I liked his sense of humor and thought he was good for Char.

    This is definitely an action-packed book. It has some paranormal elements, a lot of danger, and some sad moments. Overall, I thought it was a pretty good story. Even if you're not a sci-fi fan, I'd still give this book a try. It's a short book, and will give you a preview of the author's writing style.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    A Good Book Alert Review: Space Junque

    Space Junque
    Author: L.K. Rigel
    Genre: Science Fiction novella with Fantasy elements
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Summary:

    The world is dying. Ecological destruction and mutation run rampant. Many of the wealthy have fled the planet and live in orbital stations, aloof from the concerns of the suffering people below them. All the while, the genocidal Defenders of Gaia continue their plan to save the planet by eliminating all humans. When Char Meadowlark, a scientist, attempts to flee into orbit to escape a Gaian attack, she gets caught up in an adventure both terrifying and thrilling.


    Review:

    Though the above summary is accurate in terms of describing what happens in Space Junque, it does not perhaps get across the true tone of this story. While this is most definitely not a comedy, it does maintain a light enough atmosphere at many points that the rather dark events permeating the plot don't overwhelm the story and turn it into some sort of depressing mess. In that way, the atmosphere and a story defined by both a wounded world and emotionally wounded characters first brought to my mind not other books, but instead shows like Firefly and Cowboy Bebop. In addition, at the center of much of the darkness is the hint of hope that helps prevent a total emotional disengagement from the storyline.

    With only a brief introduction to the main character before throwing her into the middle of action, Space Junque sets its tempo right away. While the entire book isn't defined only by breathless action, this is definitely not a story anyone would accuse of being slow. There was a lot going on and a lot of characters weaving in and out of the narrative. By the time I reached the end, I was rather surprised by just how much had occurred in the span of only 28,000 words. Both the reader and Char Meadowlark don't get much of a chance to catch their breath between crises.

    Despite the often furious pacing, the author manages to craft a compelling, developed world. What I found particularly interesting were the various small background details she often employed instead of pace-killing exposition to give us a very clear insight into the kind of place the Earth had become. This novella actually packed more world building in its short length than many full-length novels I've read recently.

    The importance of the world crafting was made obvious by the inclusion of fantasy elements in the story. In a less well-developed and actualized world, the introduction of such elements might have seemed forced or unnatural, but in this story they came off as a natural outgrowth of the themes and setting that were already being explored. They also turn what appears to be a mere dystopia science fiction story into something a bit more unusual.

    A large and diverse cast of characters made their way in and out of the story. Sometimes, however, the cast was perhaps too large. The same pacing that kept the story from ever dragging also limited the amount of time available for character development and engagement. I felt a strong connection to Char while reading the story. She is a woman who is forced to deal with many emotional scars and new wounds to her heart, but all the while manages to keep from collapsing into complete self-pity. On the other hand, many of the secondary characters danced in and out of the story quickly enough that it was hard for me to really develop a

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    Recommended - whets your appetite for what's to come in the next books

    ** spoiler alert ** I was really torn between giving this novella 3 stars or 4. If I could give half stars, this would definitely be a 3.5. I liked it, but it had the same problem that a lot of romance novellas have; the relationship development was rushed. I like Char, and I like Jake, but them feeling strongly about each other seemed rushed, and I would have liked to have seen it actually develop rather than just suddenly have them want to be with each other. In fact the first time they have sex, it took me totally off guard because there was no lead up. I can understand why it would happen - they both just escaped death, but it felt awkward reading it. For example: ********************************* ...Tyler, but he was in great shape. And definitely not engineered. Those were genuine, earned muscles under that tight-fitting hemp shirt. He swung her chair around and knelt in front of her, removing the straps from her arms and legs. Again without thinking, she reached out and ran her fingers through his hair. He looked up sharply. She expected anger, but she saw tears. It had all gotten to him too, then. She smoothed the furrow between his eyes. Did she want to comfort him? Or did she want him to comfort her? He lifted the harness off her chest, and she floated up from the seat. His hands almost surrounded her waist as he pulled her down. She wrapped her legs around his hips, anchoring herself. He searched her eyes, silently asking permission to keep going. She guided his hand to the single strap on her top. He pulled it down and kissed her neck, moving toward her breasts. In the weightlessness, she moved easily to give him access to anything he wanted. ********************************* OK...so we get that he's in shape, but she doesn't think about wanting him or being attracted to him or anything else to indicate that she's even remotely thinking about getting him naked. He unbuckles her, and suddenly she's touching his hair. He's crying, so she decides to have sex with him. As I said, I don't think it's unbelievable that it happened, but it would have worked better for me personally if she had been thinking about how she needed to feel alive, she needed to feel some human connection and he was there and convenient. She sort of thinks those things after, but, I feel like not having insight into those thoughts before it happens made me think, "Where the heck did that come from??" On the plus side, I felt all the sex scenes were handled well. They aren't exactly "closed door," but they aren't described as a blow-by-blow either. I like when the focus is more on the connection and the mood rather than "flowery or crude name for tab A" inserted into "ridiculous or crude name for slot B." The relationship aspect of the story aside, the story line pulled me in. I felt that just the right amount of background was given, and it was worked into the story subtly rather than obvious info dumps. There are definitely more things about this world to learn, but we're given enough to understand what's happening in the immediate story and what we're given was at least enough to whet my appetite for more. I'm looking forward to Spiderwork, the sequel to this novella, and the rest of the related stories.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    A Wild Ride

    Plot: This was a wild ride. I have to be honest. I started this book not knowing what it was. I didn’t even read the blurb. The cover looked all sci-fi like, so I was expecting straight sci-fi, which isn’t a genre I read. However, the first few pages caught my interest with the ghosts and all. They kind of reminded me of zombies, but I never really got a full description of them or what the big hoopla was. Then the romantic elements hit, which threw me off guard. No more judging a book by the cover. I looked up the book to find out what I was getting into. Anyway, here’s what I thought Space Junque. Sci-fi: This is only the second sci-fi romance I’ve read. The setting was decades in the future and after the earth had experience several ecological disasters. Ms. Rigel even threw in the oil spill of 2010. Very cool. One thing I can say about Ms. Rigel is she doesn’t waste words. There were a lot of unfamiliar terms in Space Junque, and I think a few could have benefited from additional explanations. Even so, all the elements were there to give the work a great sci-fi feel to it. Space Opera: I had to look up Space Opera to find out what it meant, but I think I have a vague grasp on the genre, so don’t fuss too much if I mess up. In terms of the Space Opera aspect (government versus the DOGs), Ms. Rigel did excellent in this area for such a short span of time. I understood what the government (aka empire) wanted. Of course with all governments, there’s always the threat of corruption. I do wonder what the DOGs hoped to accomplish with their destructive path. I’m thinking this will be revealed in the next novella Spiderwork. Really, I see Space Junque as an intro to a potential epic saga. Could Space Junque simply be Act One? Romance: The romantic aspects were rather low key. Char and Jake had very little face-to-face time together, making it hard to call Space Junque a romance. However, it did meet the happy for now (HFN) requirement, kind of. Again, I’m thinking more will be revealed in Spiderwork. Paranormal: This was another aspect which blew me away. How in the world do you mix paranormal into Sci-fi? Simple: Space Junque. Now I’m not going to go into detail with this, cause I don’t want to ruin any surprises. But from looking at the cover of Spiderwork (yeah I’m still judging books even though I said I wouldn’t), the paranormal aspect gets a lot of play in the next novella. In Space Junque we seem to get the intro. So, my summary of the plot: Basically, it seemed to be the intro of a bigger picture. This book drew me in but left me wanting more. Spiderwork is definitely one to add to my reading list, just to read the rest of this saga. My reclassification of this genre would be Space Opera/Sci-fi with romantic and strong paranormal elements. Characters: The main star of the show was Char. For the most part, she was well-developed. I understood her motivates and even understood the rational behind her spontaneous behavior. She surprised me a few times, but she was definitely realistic. Well done! Her co-star was Jake. I think there was only one chapter in his POV. So calling him co-star is a stretch. Let’s call him a strong supporting character, since I could have done without his POV. I got the feeling his chapter was thrown in to offer back story the reader couldn’t obtain from Char. From Char’s POV, I think we only touched on his personality. It’ll be interesting how he develops in the next book. 3.5 stars

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Very creative future world.

    This is a solid intro for a series. I am glad I didn't start reading it before Spiderwork came out, I would have been very impatient waiting for more of the story.

    I really have to commend the author on writing a romance story without the formulaic seduction premise. I like books with strong women and authors who realize women can want sex as much as men (without it leading to Laurel k. Hamilton like porn er... erotica).

    I am only a short ways into Spiderwork (2nd book), but at this point I am leaning to categorizing this as more sci-fi than romance. Of course that may change as I get further on in the series.



    I will leave a review as soon as I get a chance. I will probably just cut and past a lot of this post.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Wonderful First book

    I was totally sucked into the storyline. I could not put this book down until I finished it.Science fiction/Spaceopera/romance/precocious child.. it has it all. The character of Char and her story caught my attention and held tight. When the story ended I was SOO not ready for it. I wanted to keep reading, find out how things were after the apocalypse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Great Novella

    This is a great little SciFi novella. I like the different way of "cursing" and the interesting names and ideas. This book shows a lot of imagination and I really enjoyed reading it. Good job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    enjoyable

    I bought this book after the author posted about it at nookboards forums. It was a very enjoyable read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Good Read !

    Intruiging tale of possible future. Moves along has a bit of enviromental extremism. Just a touch of lust/love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Not the best read.

    It was a very poor theme and not the best of plots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Anonymous

    Decent book for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Good Junque

    Space Junque by L.K.Rigel is an entertaining short story full of interesting story lines. It is a little shy on background or color but never the less fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Hard to put down

    Looking forward to reading the other books in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Good book

    You people should read this novel yourselvesand write your own review of this novel.I enjoyed reading this novel.ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    A light Sci Fi read

    An all together interesting book that keeps you reading just to see what will happen. The story didn't really pull me in enough to feel for any of the characters, yet it had enough unexpected twists that I still wanted to see what would happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Recommend

    Interesting concept. Good characters. Not so sure the goddess aspect really improves the story.

    The romance with Jake was way too quick and Mike's involvement with Sky and Char seemed odd .. which one?

    Still a pretty good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Interesting but

    Sci fi plus paranormal mixed in? It was a bit too much in my oplnion. The romantic part was just really lust and it was not really interesting. It just seemed the author could not decide on a genre so she just threw in a little of everything. Could have been much better if she could just picked one. At least it was free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    the best book ever!!!!

    the best book ever!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

    Just read Space Junque for the second time. I loved it the seco

    Just read Space Junque for the second time. I loved it the second time around just as much as the first. There was a lot of politics, back story, and plot in a relatively short amount of space, but L.K. Rigel kept it interesting and flowing. There were a few paragraphs I had to read twice, wondering if I'd missed something, but with all the info contained in those pages I feel that is to be expected. I thought the characters had depth, and were utterly believable. Overall, a great story, and one I've recommended to my sci-fi and paranormal loving friends.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    I started this book once and put it down because it was boring.

    I started this book once and put it down because it was boring. Then picked it up again and about 20% though it became interesting and I had trouble putting it down. It didn't end like you think it would.

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