First, I should say that this is not a fluffy romance book, despite the title. It has some romance in it, but it's really a character-driven adventure story set in outer space. I'm not a romance fan, so this was perfect for me. Now, on to the review.
I enjoyed this sequel as much as I did Earthrise. It was a bit weightier than book one, and with the beginnings of a romance, but not in an unpleasant way. Sometimes sequels feel a bit weak, but not this one. It really feels like MCA knew where everything was going and she tied it together well without anything feeling forced. It ended at a good place, baiting us for book three in a totally acceptable way (no cliffhanger). I still recommend to fans of Firefly or similar shows, and to anyone else who likes a solid story with interesting characters and doesn't mind sci-fi.
A couple things that I feel a need to mention, first, there is a scene not too far in that is really disturbing and just… if I hadn't already been invested in the books I might well have said, "What the heck?" and put it down. But the situation, horrible as it is, really is the catalyst for what comes later and I understand why the author took it so far. I don't think I could have done that, but it worked. Nothing is described in detail, but still, I don't recommend for pre-adults.
MCA has a knack for giving you the idea and putting you in the place where she wants you without giving potentially offensive details, which is a fantastic talent. One I wish more writers would develop… This leads me to my only real complaint about the first book, which is the often alluded-to incest between shipmates. Again, this is never described, but it still annoyed me to have it thrown in my face all the time. Well, I was happy that in this book it was mentioned far less frequently.
I've already read book three and will be reviewing it soon. Love the series, and will probably read them again someday.
Language: Mostly created curse words with just a couple that you might be familiar with.
Violence: Yes, there's violence, but no long vulgar or explicit descriptions that I can remember.
Sexual Content: Nothing other than the previously mentioned disturbing scene and the 'free' twins.
Over-all Message/Plot: The plot flows well and makes sense. Sometimes all the names on the new planet got mixed up in my head, but I was too hooked to be bothered. There's some real growth in the characters where they learn to be more open to trust and love each other (not romantically). Get book one, it's free! If you like it, buy this one. It's a great deal.
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