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Sara's Review: Atrophy by Jess Anastasi

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Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld

Released:December 7, 2015

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Length: 329 pages

Format: ebook

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No one on Erebus escapes alive...

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous sister.

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.

Four Boundless Stars

I was provided a copy of Atrophy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Atrophy took me awhile to really get into, about 30%. I just didn’t grab me right from the beginning and I had to force myself to stay engaged. Once we got past the 30% mark things changed for me. I’m not really sure what it was or if I was able to focus more. Sometimes for me when I am not grabbed right from the beginning it’s hard to stay 100% with the story and not wonder off and do other things. So I will be honest and say this book took me over a week to read. But once I got to 30% I finished right away.

I was pleasantly surprised where Atrophy wound up. What I thought was going to be a book about just Tannin and Zahil turned into so much more. Atrophy has danger, mystery, an alien conspiracy and a crazy hero who wasn’t Tannin. I know that surprised me.

Tannin and Zahil felt almost like secondary character to the real main character, at least for me, which is Captain Rain Sherron, Zahil’s brother. He was larger than life and the crew and everybody around him revolved around him.

“As annoying as it was, Rain really was the center of their galaxy, holding them together and giving them purpose. Without him, they’d be cut adrift in the dark with no real direction.”

Rain is a badass ex soldier with a cloudy past that nobody really knows what happen. All they know is he is on a mission out to destroy the Reidar. That is his only purpose, it is what drives him.

Tannin is a prisoner on a prison planet and helps Zahil out of a bind. In return when he stows away on their spaceship Zahil talks her brother into letting him stay. There is a whole lot of sexual tension between Tannin and Zahil and it was fun to read. And of course Rain being the big brother isn’t having any of that. He is also this psychotic ex soldier so he is a bit scary. I like the way Tannin handled himself with Rain. He never came across like a wimp and took his ass whoopings like a man. I don’t think Zahil would have respected him or been with him if he was any different.

Overall the story was a bit slow to start and get into for me but once it did it was action packed, full of sexual tension and a whole lot of fun. I can’t wait to see more of this world and this crew, especially of Rain.

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