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Sara's Review: Diffraction (Atrophy #3) by Jess Anastasi


PUBLISHER: Entangled: Select Otherworld

RELEASED: January 2, 2017

GENRE: sci fi, paranormal, military

LENGTH: 352 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback







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.


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.

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