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Genre: Sci-fi Age Range: Adult Star Rating: 5 stars Series: yes -second book in companion series
When Tennal—a rich socialite, inveterate flirt, and walking disaster—is caught using his telepathic powers for illegal activities, the military decides to bind his mind to someone with coercive powers strong enough to control him.
Enter Lieutenant Surit, the child of a disgraced general. Out of a desperate need to restore a pension to his other parent, Lieutenant Surit agrees to be bound to Tennal and keep him conscripted in the army, a task that seems impossible even for someone with Surit’s ability to control minds.
Tennal just wants to escape, but Surit isn’t all that he seems. And their bond may just be the key to their freedom.
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OCEAN’S ECHO is the much anticipated companion to WINTER’S ORBIT that explores another part of the galaxy and the remnants, as well as being a space-faring adventure about consent and control and being in your own head.
This is a book about space militaries being dodgy and the characters drawn into that whirlpool onboard space ships and space stations. I loved all the regulation-quoting from characters – used to obey the rules and be shipshape by one, and to cause absolutely havoc by the other. It was a nice way to set up their differences but also just to cause chaos between them by giving very different approaches. Also just funny. (No idea what that says about my humour.)
It’s fast paced (I binged this in about a day on the way to and from uni) and doesn’t let up as they rocket from disaster to disaster, Tennal alternatively talking them in and out of messes (and Surit trying to itemise his way out.)
The mind syncing was very interesting and did not go where I was expecting it. The book takes all your expectations for how and why and when and then the fallout of the sync and takes you another way (which was way more satisfying and really lets it explore the idea of consent.) The side effects were also a lot of fun (to read about.)
This is a very different type of romance to WINTER’S ORBIT. That book is an immediate punch of awkward feelings the couple have to parse out. This is a slow burn that takes its time getting to the payoff, which I really liked. Plus there’s a lot of life or death that gets in the way (not to mention mind hijinks of many varieties to push romantic feelings to the bottom of the “to interrogate and work out” pile.)
It was really fun to see a forced proximity premise play out so differently. It helps make the books feel different but also clearly from the same author and helped develop the series-esque feel more. These books are unrelated save for world and remnants being problematic, so trope continuity builds that cohesive feel if you binge the books back to back.
I hope we get another book in this galaxy because I feel like there’s a lot more to explore with the remnants.
Read my reviews of other books by Everina Maxwell:
Winter’s Orbit (this world):
- WINTER’S ORBIT (#1)