Atrophy (Atrophy #1)
Zahli Sherron isn't planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he's sexy as every kind of sin, but he's no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew...even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.
I read the number two book (Quantum Atrophy series #2)in this series awhile ago and really liked it. Then a short time ago, the publisher asked if I'd like to read the third book (Diffraction Atrophy series #3) and do a review. And, of course, I said yes! I thought perhaps I should go back and read book number one so I would have the whole picture. Now I know how Mae gets involved!
Ms. Anastasia writes a pretty good sci-fi adventure. She throws in just enough of the love scene business to satisfy all but the really hardcore romantics. What I really like is that she has carried the "big picture" over into the other books to tie them together nicely. Book one has the Infamous Captain Rian Sheeron taking his crew off after the shape-shifting bad guys. These are the ones who tortured him and are now trying to take over the galaxy. But no one really believes Rian until they see one of these shape-shifting creatures die. That's when their true form is revealed, and it's kind of yucky!
This invasion and the Captain's pursuit of the shape-shifters is an ongoing theme in this series. It's a nice tie-in. Each book is the story of the individual couple, but the series' theme plays in the background (or foreground) providing the link to the rest of the series. A nice technique and very well done in this case. Ms. Anastasia has a very nice writing style.
There were a few weaknesses when characters didn't act the way I felt they should have. Mostly Rian, the captain, and his sister, Zahli. They both had a couple of very childish, impulsive moments when they basically had temper tantrums and didn't consider the consequences to themselves or anyone else. These things aside, if you like some romance and a righteous cause thrown in with your sci-fi, this series might be one for you to try out.
~ Judi E. Easley