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The Girls From Alcyone by [Caffrey, Cary]
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Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the Academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.

"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she would kill them.


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Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret—a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.

But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Alcyone Studio (Dec 11 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006B9S8R6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,757 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The characters were believable. The relationships blended well into the story. I read it start to finish over a two day period, which means to me it held my complete interest.

The love interest between the two main characters, was nicely done. Love is universal. Who are we as a society to put a defined box around it. Love is that undefinable thing that goes on between two people. When you see a mother helping her child, you know that love is involved, you don't turn away, you accept it, for the beauty it is. You smile and think all is good in this world, it gives you hope. This is also good, the more love, the more hope for society to succeed and survive into the future.

Which is what good science fiction is all about.

Be well
LLAP
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I've always thought the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" could be at once appropriate and misleading. Some covers are beautiful and reflect the vision of the author and her or his story. Some are beautiful and don't reflect a damn thing. Others are not attractive in the least, but contain stories of boundless wonder.

In the case of The Girls from Alcyone, the cover was both beautiful and relevant. I could be reading too much into it as well, but that's fine by me.

When I saw the cover, I thought: killer girls, space adventure and friendship. I was right for the most part, though my guesses were rudimentary in comparison to Caffrey's detailed storytelling.

We join the girls before they're from Alcyone, and we follow Sigrid----so easy to root for--as she grows into something more than human, all the while struggling to identify herself and place amongst the girls, and eventually the Kimura corporation that has funded the Alcyone operation.

Sigrid experiences a multitude of hardships--from childhood bullying gone savage (literal water torture) to foiled assassination attempts. But she keeps a cool head in every moment. It helps to know your body is a weapon like no other. And Caffrey does a great job of detailing and selling the idea of these body modifications in a universe where a governmental council and mercenary guild navigate the politics of space with no small amount of blood shed between them. In fact, the politics of the book was one of my favorite parts of the book. To imagine a time where mercenaries have developed a guild that operates under its own codes, mostly separate from the general government---blows my mind. And makes for a lot of back-stabbing, corporate/mercenary sabotage.
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While I would not classify this book as amazing, it is pretty good and is certainly worth the read.

The book is well-written, the characters are likeable, there are some touching moments and the sci-fi elements are interesting. There's a few moments where logic is questionable (Like a regular steel katana cutting through a near-invincible mech instead of shattering harmlessly), but those are few and minor: The story is coherent throughout the entire book.

Small note for those who dislike "overpowered main characters": While it is the case for this book, that is actually the basis for the story. It makes complete sense in the context and is believable.

I'd give the book a 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.
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Its an intro story to what I hope becomes a long running series. Good writing with great characters. Female assassin as a hero leads to a wonderful story. Great read.
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A fun read, and one that I was unwilling to put down once I had started. I like well written space opera, and this is that. It is technically well written, has an interesting story line, characters that invoke strong feelings (pro for the protagonists and con for the antagonists).

I was very glad I tried this authour, and will read more.

Bert
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