The long war changed everything. For Lt. First Class Sandy Attiyeh, the peace she helped create seems to be working for everyone but her. This new world is so . . . well, so dull. With her commanding officer keeping her at arm’s length, citing her rather unpredictable temperament, Sandy is willing prey for Lyndon Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton InfoSec, who needs someone to engage in a little corporate espionage. He offers good pay, interesting work, and excitement. Perfect. But when Sandy’s face starts to show up on activists’ pamphlets and rumors begin to circle regarding her alleged war crimes, any hopes she had of a future in the civilian world begin to unravel. Unable to escape Hamilton’s twisted ambitions, Sandy, caught between her old comrades and her new employer, must find a way to save the peace she gave everything for. Clouds&Earth is the first installment in The Peace Outside trilogy and is a dark and thrilling tale of intrigue and espionage set in the data-driven world of tomorrow. Startling and prescient in equal measure, it is a must-read for fans of sci-fi and contemporary fiction alike.
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About the Author
Sayde Scarlett was born and raised in Dubai, UAE, but relocated to the United Kingdom to read Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. After university, Sayde worked in the performing arts sector along side being a political and antiwar activist. Sayde moved back to the Middle East in 2015 and now works as a financial crime investigator.
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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite Clouds and Earth is the first instalment of the trilogy The Piece Outside I by Sayde Scarlett. It is the post-apocalyptic story of a war heroine, Lieutenant Alisande Attiyeh, who survived the Long War against terrorists. In a time of peace, Sandy, as everyone calls her, suffers from PSTD and struggles to have a life. She feels restless, alone, to the point of being bored, while her boss Murro wishes the heroine would resign given that she cannot fire her. And that is when the story takes a twist, dragging Sandy down into a spiral. Is she a hacker? Is she conspiring against the state? I enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the sequels. I devoured this novel in three days because I could not stop turning the pages to find out more and I felt sad when I finally finished it because it was over too soon. Not many books leave me with this sensation and they are usually my favorite stories. Clouds and Earth is a science fiction novel written by a female author with a female as the main character. We need more books like this one, where women are not just a parenthesis for the main male hero. But Sayde Scarlett goes beyond that and gives readers not only a female main character but also a plausible one. Sandy seems very real. She’s rich, kick-ass and a pretty gal but she’s not perfect, far from it. She has many flaws and we see most of them. Hopefully, we will see more in the other instalments, which I certainly will be reading.