Atrophy

Jess Anastasi
Atrophy
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Publisher
Entangled Publishing
Release Date
December 2015
ISBN
9781682810668
Genre
Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
No one on Erebus escapes alive...

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He's innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face to face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn't planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he's sexy as every kind of sin, but he's no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew...even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Aug 10, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
I've not read a lot of space opera (if that is what it's called) or romantic science fiction/futuristic books, but ATROPHY is captivating, page-turning and has layers deep of story than what readers can glimpse from the blurb.

Tannin Everette was sent to Erebus (a prison planet) for a crime he didn't commit. For twelve years, he was on good behavior and diligently volunteered in the admin complex for the opportunity to escape. Not that it was easy, because no one ever escaped Erebus successfully. His chance came when war hero Rian Sherron's ship docked in Erebus for repairs and, due to a good turn he did her, Zahli (Rian's sister) helped him stow away on their ship.

However, he wasn't truly free because he would always be a hunted man. What kind of future could he give to Zahli?

The story opens with gripping action as Rian's ship suffered damage and they had to land on Erebus. The first few pages were devoted to setting up the scene on Erebus and introducing us to the major characters, but things got interesting for me when Zahli and Tannin finally met. The build up of their romance was slow and believable, a backdrop in the greater scheme of things that's going on in this story.

The bulk of the story dealt with Tannin being accepted by Rian and his crew, as well as Rian's past and his revenge against those who had previously abducted him. And then we find there's something more at play in the universe...

The worldbuilding is fantastic, and the author provided enough details to allow readers to visualize the different worlds without info dumping. What I also like about ATROPHY is that the terms used aren't too technical in that it hinders my enjoyment; rather, they added authenticity to the world that the characters inhabit.

If this is your first foray into science fiction romance, ATROPHY is a good start. A solid read, and I expect nothing less from Quantum, the next book in the series. Can't wait to see what's coming next for Rian and company!
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Aug 20, 2016
101 people found the following review helpful
A malfunction gets an old, rickety ship onto a prison planet for emergency repairs, the last place any sane person wants to do. But Captain Rian Sherron isn't the sanest person around, so he does it, setting a chain of events in motion that ends up with a stowaway on board who not only finds a place as a tech hacker on board but also some steamy times with Rian's sister.

While Tannin and Zahli are well-conceived characters, I'm drawn to the compelling way Jess Anastasi portrays the hard, scarred and so-in-need-of-redemption Rian and the unwitting heat he generates with a priestess he tries to hard to keep away from.

But the book is so much more what than the blurb says; to say that it's a story featuring an escaped convict and a woman on a ship would be to shortchange it totally, because the Atrophy actually reads like the season opener of a series that is getting me moist with excitement. There's a motley crew to get to know, multiple conflicts waiting to unfold, shady & tortured pasts to uncover and loads of UST to strip away (Rian and Ella, please) - all of which remind me of Firefly on steroids set in the ever-faulty Millennium Falcon, full of cynical humour, spiffy dialogue and all kinds of made behaviour. The title of the book itself seems a fitting metaphor for the sheer amount of instability we're thrust into, describing inexorable decline of Rian and of the crumbling galaxy he and his crew inhabit, until Ms. Anastasi (w)rites those wrongs away.
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