Review: Atrophy

cover-atrophyTitle: Atrophy
Author: Jess Anastasi
Series: Atrophy #1
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Length: Novel
Available: Dec 7th


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.

Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Otherworld via NetGalley

Welcome aboard the Imojenna where the captain is a war hero who may or may not once have been an assassin, has a bit of a problem controlling his temper, some serious PTSD problems and is also on a universe-wide hunt for a bunch of aliens most other people don’t even realise exist! Oh, and there’s his little sister, Zahli, who accidentally ends up helping a prisoner escape from a prison planet which no one is supposed to leave alive.

Because although the romance portion of this book is between Zahli and Tannin, to be honest the most compelling aspect of this book is all about big brother Rian, captain and haunted man, out to destroy the evil shape-shifting aliens.

Which is probably for the best really, because although Tannin is an interesting character – with his false imprisonment, his escape plans and his super-special hacking abilities – Zahli… well, she just isn’t. She’s Rian’s little sister and she’s supposed to be in charge of their freight business, but in truth she doesn’t really do much and isn’t all that important. Which bothered me a bit. I like my romantic couples – especially in an adventurous setting – to be well matched. Here, though, it seemed that the more interesting and important to the crew Tannin became, the less Zahli had to offer. She’s just the little sister, just Tannin’s temptation. I wanted more from her, and sadly didn’t get it.

My issues with Zahli aside, I enjoyed this. The plot is intriguing and nicely woven, leading the characters from one place to the next as they pick up clues and the bigger picture unravels. Yes, occasionally things seem far too easy and convenient, but on the whole it kept my interest and I always wanted to know what would unfold next for Rian, Tannin and the rest of the crew. Even if I did want to keep growling at Ella to keep out of a certain someone’s head. Respect the boundaries, woman! And stop being so precious, because diplomacy isn’t working anymore.

As a series opener, this has got potential in spades. There’s a crew of different and intriguing individuals, plenty of backstory just waiting to make itself known, a noble quest that keeps spiralling out of control, and more danger than you can shake a shock pistol at. It’s a romping space adventure with a forbidden romance, scary aliens and definitely left me wanting more. So buckle in, blast off and prepare to enjoy, because wherever this series heads next, there is one thing I’m certain of – the adventure is only just beginning.

Atrophy is out December 7th!
Visit Jess Anastasi for more details.


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