by Jess Anastasi
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Diffraction by Jess Anastasi

“DIFFRACTION is another emotionally charged, rocket-boosted action adventure by talented newcomer Jess Anastasi!” - NYT&USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Grant

After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.

Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.

The Atrophy series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Atrophy
Book #2 Quantum
Book #3 Diffraction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633758032
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Series: Atrophy , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 451
Sales rank: 486,569
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn't deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, one ball-obsessed border collie, and one cat who thinks he's one of the kids. Learn more about Jess at www.jessanastasi.com

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Diffraction 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading about Varean, however, I was never fully engaged in the story.  I think since Rian is so much the alpha of this world, that he overshadows every other “hero” Anastasi writes about.  It’s hard to invest in another story; when all I want to know is what is going on with Rian.  At the same time, I really like where Varean’s storyline finally ended up, not so much the path it took to get there.  I don’t think I could be so forgiving if I was in his shoes. I think I just expected Varean to finally give Rian a run for his money. To be an equal alpha since he is a commando and supposed to be badass and fearless.  Yet, he never demonstrated anything in the story that projected that in my opinion.   The story progresses as a whole in the battle against the Reidar, and the shocking truth of what Rian was doing all those years he was missing is revealed and it’s a doozy.  So, of course, Rian spirals more out of control with his drinking and self-destruction.   The story would get really exciting and I would be super into it for a time then my attention would wander and it just seemed like it took forever to finish this one.  The problem I had was I wasn’t emotionally invested and couldn’t engage.  I am hoping I have better luck with book 4 because I really want to know what happens next. Overall the story was good, exciting at times and the storyline moves along so I am giving it 3 Boundless Stars.     
JewelsBookPages More than 1 year ago
Until now, I hadn't really noticed Kira. I knew she was the ships doctor but she typically stayed in the background. She's smart and quiet, with a deep seated need to help others, regardless of the rules. And Varean has her breaking all sorts of rules. At the start of the story, her connection with Varean felt a like insta-lust but as they progressed, it morphed into deeper feelings neither would admit to, giving a poignancy to their relationship for most of the story. Varean was interesting. He's a quiet guy, who has a lot of abilities, but never uses them to free himself. He's thrown his lot in with Kira with mixed results they need to iron out. He has plenty of secrets-whether he knows them or not is another matter-and there's no doubt he has feelings for Kira, but finding out who he really was threw me for a loop! Their romance was the humming sound in the background. Unlike Zander and Mae, Kira and Varean didn't have a lot of personal time together. Varean and Kira's romance had a solemn tone, if you will, than the others did, but I think it fit the storyline since Diffraction was a darker book than the first two were. Instead of romance driven, Diffraction was plot driven. And man, what a story it told! It felt like the in-between book of the series with all the information it contained. Plenty of suspense, Rian's crew splits up when they have to abandon ship, new allies are introduced, favorite characters gave me a few surprises and tears, and a few twists had me glued until the end. Obviously, I've enjoyed this series since I've read three books in two days!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third novel in this sci-fi series in which Captain Rian Sherron and his crew are striving to remove the threat posed by the shape shifting Reidar who are using their abilities to impersonate key personnel throughout human organisations. Rian has helped developed a weapon which forces the Reidar to reveal themselves but does nothing to true humans. When Commando Varean Donnelly has a weird reaction to the weapon, Rian imprisons him on his spaceship, Imojenna. Doctor Kira Sasaki knows there is something very different about Varean, suspecting he is a victim of Reidar experimentation, but doesn't believe he is a threat or that he should be mistreated by other crew on their spaceship. Are the crew correct and able to prove Varean is dangerous? Can Kira prove he isn't? What about the instant attraction between the two - should either of them succumb to the temptation provided by the other? As Rian and the crew continue to try to avoid the authorities, can they succeed in their fight to save mankind from the Reidar? Diffraction is an easy-read sequel to the earlier novels. It has an intriguingly different take on the alien conspiracy to take over the human communities and there are some revelations and more hints regarding Rian's past when he worked for the aliens. Many of the crew on the Imojenna still seem dysfunctional, making them difficult to relate to and empathise with, but the action scenes are well portrayed, brought to life in the reader's imagination. There are plenty of twist and turns and the great ending will certainly encourage me to look out for more in this series in future. I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
Another amazing, action-packed, and thrilling novel in Atrophy series! I loved it and would recommend it to all book lovers. And if you enjoy sci-fiction then there is no way you won't like this. ;) I already love all the characters from previous books and also loved Varean. He fits right in with misfits of Imojenna. Varean is forced to leave his post and then kept on Imojenna against his will. He has known that he is different but he has no clue why. So he simply couldn't explain why the weapon which is created for aliens effects him the way it does. Kira is the only one who sympathizes with him. She decides that he is someone to be trusted so now she must protect him from people she has known and loved for a long time. No one else is willing to trust Varean. But soon they find themselves in a situation which requires them to trust him and take his help. The story is fast paced and very thrilling. I quite enjoyed reading it.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
When Qaelan Foster, renegade captain Rian Sherron’s cousin, drags in a wounded soldier in Rian’s ship, Qaelan announces that the injured commando, Varean Donnelly, is suspected of being Reidar – an enemy shape-shifter alien. Varean is to be considered dangerous and kept in a makeshift brig until further notice. Doctor Kira Sasaki maintains the soldier should be kept in medbay, as it is obvious he was hurt by the blast from the razar – an energy weapon that exposes Reidars. However, they are not sure if the razar is foolproof, and Varean assures them he is not an alien, although Varean has a secret when it comes to his real identity, and there is an unknown violence that threatens to explode… Rian hates Reidars with a passion; he was once tortured by the aliens, his mission is to see them eradicated before they rule the universe, Kira is appalled at the way Varean is being treated, she will not renege on her hypocratical oath; besides she senses that Varean is not a bad man, and he intrigues her. In this third instalment of Jess Anastasi’s brilliant scifi series, Rian and his shipmates continue to try to evade the authorities, and while there is a continuing story arc through the whole series, a new reader can safely dive in DIFFRACTION, even if upon reading this, it sounds rather convoluted, it is not: Ms. Anastasi supplies all the necessary information as needed– and refreshes our memories – without bogging down the narrative with superfluous technical details. I am not a reader of science fiction novels, and I have loved this series from the beginning, and this might well be one of the reasons: I never feel like a techno-imbecile! DIFFRACTION is, as the previous two books, a very dense story, fast paced, and extremely well written, even lyrical at times, although I still have the same small issue as I had with the previous books: the substitution of the ubiquitous “freck”, in all its variations, for another f-word; it still gets on my nerves, for some reason. DIFFRACTION is very much character-based, as much of the suspense derives from Varean’s identity. This series features extremely interesting characters, and Kira is no different: she is cool under pressure, a dedicated professional with a secret past, but no one messes with her patient, not even the volatile Rian, who is still quite the enigma at times, but, no more about him; I will let long-time readers savour what happens with Rian... The romance between Varean and Kira is a precarious one, as they tiptoe around each other, the ship’s crew is wary, and threats abound. DIFFRACTION has several surprise twists, not every returning character lives to see the end of this story, but the best surprise of all is that DIFFRACTION will not be the last book in the series! A character I particularly like will have his own story! Star Trek fans will enjoy this story, but philosophers as well! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.