Genre: Sci-Fi Age Range: Adult Star Rating: 3.5 stars Series: yes - second book
Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra find themselves once again on the fringe of populated space—and at the center of a raging covert war. When Eva’s sister asks for help locating a missing scientist, promises of a big paycheck and a noble cause convince Eva to take the job despite lingering trust issues.
With reluctant assistance from her estranged mother, Eva and her crew follow the missing scientist’s trail across the universe, from the costume-filled halls of a never-ending convention to a dangerous bot-fighting arena. They ultimately find themselves at the last place Eva wants to see again—Garilia—where she experienced her most shameful and haunting failure.
To complete her mission and get paid, Eva must navigate a paradise embroiled in a rebellion, where massive forests and pristine beaches hide psychic creatures and pervasive surveillance technology. Can she find her quarry while avoiding the oppressive local regime, or will she be doomed to repeat past mistakes when her dark deeds come to light?
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The second book in the series, PRIME DECEPTIONS continues the feel of complete irreverence to the “conventions” of “serious sci-fi”, throwing a galactic comic-con, even more psychic cats, and consistently failing space suits into the mix. If you want a laugh while reading sci-fi, this series is one to pick up!
It clearly is a series that loves sci-fi – you can’t write a fun parody that doesn’t come across as bitter and mocking if you don’t love the source material. However, it’s just not bothering to take itself seriously – the author is having too much fun chucking bizarre occurrences in for that.
The plot felt a little more… directed this time around. Unlike Eva being sent around the galaxy on various small missions and then deciding to go after the people pushing her about, she has a central mission from the start – find the brother of one of her crew. It did help a bit with feeling like I had an idea of where it was going to go (while being pretty wrong, as these books just don’t bother with conventional story telling logic, which is part of the fun.)
I did find my attention wandering a bit and found it hard to sit and read for long periods. I think most of that, though, can be attributed to dealing with vaccine side effects, but the second half (when I was really struggling) did feel a bit disjointed even though it was, theoretically, the most domino-effect part of the book.
I think there’s another book coming (the article is behind a paywall, so I’m assuming this off the snippet google gives you.) I’m really hoping that there is another book as the ending definitely would be disappointing for a series as a random new alien threat was introduced right at the end. It felt like the book was over, and then – bam! – attack.
Read my reviews of other books by Valeries Valdes:
Chilling Effect (this series):
- CHILLING EFFECT (#1)
- FAULT TOLERANCE (#3)