Review: Double Life by S. Usher Evans

Posted January 12, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Double Life by S. Usher EvansDouble Life by S. Usher Evans
Series: Razia #1
Published by S. Usher Evans on June 12th 2014
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 244
Format: ebook
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four-stars

Piracy is a game. How much are you worth?
Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a manÂ’s world, and all sheÂ’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation.
To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid...
...until the universal police mistake LyssaÂ’s intern for Razia's hostage.

I told Sush that I was working on a review for her and this was her reply.

So eloquent right?? And it absolutely fits my mood when I went to pick up this book. I have gotten to know Sush on twitter where she’s so sweet and funny. Dare I say we have become friends? I was absolutely terrified that I would pick up her book and it would just be mediocre, at best. Then what if I hated it?!? She absolutely deserves an honest review of my thoughts, but I was dreading making a budding friendship awkward with a negative review.

Luckily I don’t have to!

When I was reading Double Life, I was trying my best to compare it to something in my mind. I wanted to come up with a frame of reference to use while I was reading Double Life. However, I just couldn’t. Everything in Double Life, the religion, the job of excavating planets and especially, the take on piracy was all completely unique for me.

It took me a long time, almost half way through the book, to get a handle on the way piracy worked. In Razia’s world, Pirates have immunity as along as they are a part of a syndicate. Pirate Syndicates pay the police bribes so that members of their group will never be arrested or bothered by the police. The police can’t touch pirates, as long as they are a syndicate member. So pirates go around doing piratey stuff. They steal things and make general trouble and the police don’t bother them. Every time they do a fancy pirate caper, their reputation goes up and with it, their bounty. Bounty Hunting is also a pirate activity, so in order to be a Bounty Hunter, you have to be a pirate. The more trouble a pirate causes, the higher their bounty and the more likely they are that another pirate will capture them and turn them in.

I struggled with this for a long time, because it made no sense to me. Why in the world would Bounty Hunters count as pirates? Wouldn’t the police want Bounty Hunters to stop the pirates? It just seemed like crazy talk. Until! One morning I was in my shower… where I do my best thinking… and it finally clicked. Bounty Hunters count as pirates because it’s a self policing system and the pirate syndicates want it that way. It says it right on the cover if I was smart enough to look. Piracy is a GAME. Your bounty is your points. Every day you stay as the #1 Pirate with the highest bounty, you are winning. Its all about reputation and being the best. But you can’t stay the best for long because someone is always after you.

Obviously I’ve put a ton of thought into this. I loved the piracy syndicates and I thought about it and the ranking systems quite a bit.

I’m a nerd.

If there was one thing about this book that I didnÂ’t care for, it was actually the main character, Razia. SheÂ’s kind of a brat. SheÂ’s immature. SheÂ’s thoughtless. She pushes away the people who care about her. She just has so much growing to do. Right now she’s a bratty teenager and she needs to grow up into adult responsibilities. The fantastic writing part is that I can see it. I can see who Razia will grow into and I know that with some maturing and experience she will be an amazing woman who I want to know.

I could keep ranting about this book all day. I didn’t even mention Sage Teon!

I will definitely be continuing this series.

four-stars

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