Megan E. O’Keefe
Adult Space Opera
When a spy is stranded on a dead planet with her mortal enemy, she must first figure out how to survive before she can uncover the conspiracy that landed them both there in the first place.
She’s a revolutionary. Humanity is running out of options. Habitable planets are being destroyed as quickly as they’re found and Naira Sharp knows the reason why. The all-powerful Mercator family has been controlling the exploration of the universe for decades, and exploiting any materials they find along the way under the guise of helping humanity’s expansion. But Naira knows the truth, and she plans to bring the whole family down from the inside.
He’s the heir to the dynasty. Tarquin Mercator never wanted to run a galaxy-spanning business empire. He just wanted to study rocks and read books. But Tarquin’s father has tasked him with monitoring the mining of a new planet, and he doesn’t really have a choice in the matter.
Disguised as Tarquin’s new bodyguard, Naira plans to destroy his ship before it lands. But neither of them expects to end up stranded on a dead planet. To survive and keep her secret, Naira will have to join forces with the man she’s sworn to hate. And together they will uncover a plot that’s bigger than both of them.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(3.5 / 5) I’m sure you’ve seen my recent love for space operas and I was excited to get this one since they would be on a planet, not just a ship the entire time.
What O’Keefe really did well were the characters. Tarquin and Nyra were phenomenal. They each had trying backstories, but they came together in a friendship that really crossed lines and became such a great experience for both of them.
Each person has a “copy” of themselves at a main facility that is used if that person dies, especially if they die in space or on another planet. This was a large part of the story and very interesting. The aspect of people dying but coming back to life (in another body) back at the facility was fascinating. Sadly, they wouldn’t have any memories of the previous experiences they had before they “died.”
So as you can guess, that made fascinating aspects to the story. Most of all at the end. But throughout the story it didn’t grab me as much as I wanted it to. While the world building was fascinating, it just didn’t grab me until that end. My favorite aspect of the book were the characters and their relationships so for that alone, I may continue the series. Especially after that incredible ending!
General content summary: F words= 20+, fighting (guns, weapons, blood, screams, injuries, some details, multiple, deaths), deaths due to weather and environment problems (no details), panic attacks, drugged people shot and killed, throat slit, gun threats (death, some details), m/f kisses.
Thank you to Orbit for the copy!
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