Series: Beyond the Red #1
Published by Sky Pony Press on March 1st 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review, Edelweiss
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Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. SheÂ’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, sheÂ’s determined to protect her people from her brotherÂ’s would-be tyrannical rule.
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesnÂ’t stop him from defending his people, at least until KoraÂ’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. HeÂ’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identityÂ—a secret kept even from him.
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing ErosÂ’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.
YES!Â YA Science Fiction!
Kora is an alien queen on a far away planet. The aliens are the dominant species on this planet and the ruling class. Kora is the first female Avra, or queen, that there has been in generations. That is creating some friction between her and her brother. Humans exist on the planet to be slaves. Any free humans are considered rebels. Any human/alien hybrids are considered anathema and killed at birth. Eros is a soldier for a rebel tribe. He also is half alien/half human. He meets Kora when she destroys his camp and takes his people as slaves. From there, things only go downhill.
I love science fiction. The second I saw this one, Â I knew I would have to read it. It really checked all the boxes for a book that I will love. I keep typing up different checkboxes that this hit for me and then rethinking them because they are kind of spoilery. Suffice it to say, this book is much more than it seems.
The character development really made this book. At first, I had no idea how Eros and Kora would ever get past their first meeting. It was absolutely unforgivable to me. I didn’t know if I could ever forgive her and learn to like her as a character, let alone Eros. Still he has to find some way to deal will her because he becomes her personal bodyguard. Their interactions and the interactions with side characters were perfection. There is some romance in this book but it wasn’t what I expected at all. It was a very slow build too, which was perfect. I can’t stand insta-love.
There is only one thing wrong with this book. It currently is a stand alone, however I could see it as a series. It does not end in a cliff hanger, but there is so much more that I want to know. So, you should all go pre-order this book immediately so that the publisher sees how successful and wonderful this book is. Then they will order more in the series and we will all be happy. Especially me.
About the Author:
Ava Jae is a writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When sheÂ’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her blog (http://avajae.blogspot.com/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/Ava_Jae), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AvaJae), tumblr (http://avajae.tumblr.com/), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9011987.Ava_Jae), Instagram (https://instagram.com/ava_jae/), or YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/bookishpixie).