While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.
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Okay, so once I got over the fact that this book was basically the idea I had for my own science fiction novel after I finished writing The Sanctuary, I truly enjoyed this book. I think they did a fantastic job with a concept that I’ve been interested in for awhile now and honestly, by the end of the book, I felt MORE inspired to write my own idea later, instead of feeling discouraged. I loved that it gave me so many vibes from other stories, all mixed together to make a great story. It felt like an episode of Firefly or like they were inspired by Melissa Landers (who is a HUGE inspiration for me, for sure). It had a great mix of fantasy and science fiction, friendship, action and romance. It was a great story from beginning to end and I’m actually really sad that there won’t be more. There’s so much that could happen in this galaxy and I think that was one of the best parts. Audrey and Krystal write just one book but their world building is so great that I want to know more and learn more. I love the dynamic of Will and Talia. Part of them reminded me of Mal and Inara from Firefly but they also reminded me of a sort of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy dynamic as well. Their relationship turned reluctant friendship turned romance was great, genuine and not forced, not rushed, not insta-love, which is a huge turn off for me. They had a very believable relationship and I was so glad that it went the way it did. I loved every member of the crew, especially Lux, who just seemed like she’d be an awesome person to be in a crew with. This was my first book by both of these authors and I’m so glad that I downloaded the ARC. It was a fun read, with incredibly real characters and a well built sci-fi fantasy world and I wish there was more! That being said, I definitely can’t wait to read more from these two!
I received the ARC for the purpose of review from Netgalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I really liked it! The story was action packed, Despite being a sheltered princess, I liked Talia. She was quick on her feet and dedicated to saving herself. She wasn’t content to sit around waiting for things to work out, she was smart and took action to ensure her own freedom. I enjoyed the other characters and what they brought to the book. I wish I had liked Will a little bit more but his narrative did bring something to the book. The parallels of the slavery I thought were interesting, it did seem like the Mock’s enslavement of Humans was portrayed harsher despite them seeing humans as the savages. I thought they did very well not making romance a focus. There was a little bit but it was more a look at humanity rather than love I would say. It was barely there. I found it very interesting and I wish I could have learned a bit more about what the new society was like and what Mock life/slavery was like.
This book was like sleeping beauty meets cult classic show Firefly in space. I love the alternating pov's, the deep world building that Audrey Grey is known for, and the quick, fast paced plot. There was the exact right amount of action to dialogue ratio. Exact right amount of information given at the exact right time. We are never left too long to guess and speculate as to what happens next. This is a world where we are constantly shown rather than be told what's going on. I didn't think I was a big sci-fi fan, but apparently these authors know my tastes better than I know myself. Please grab this box set, PLEASE read this book as soon as humanly possible. 10 stars. #notjoking PS, I read this in 24 hours. I plan on reading it again very soon!