- Dystopia Reading Challenge. Book 7: Apocalypto: Samael’s Fire by LK Rigel | Rachel Tsoumbakos
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The trick is to survive both. At the end of the 21st century, civilization is at the brink of collapse. When hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark is warned of an impending attack by the eco-terrorist group Defenders of Gaia, she flees to the airport hoping to get off planet. He takes her to the orbiting Imperial Space Station, the seat of world government. When the conflict goes global and the planet threatens to implode, ancient gods return to take control of humanity and impose a new world order.
Char and Jake are caught up in a divine plan to save the world — but first they have to get through the apocalypse alive. I initially bought this trilogy yes, I bought all of them sight unseen again for three reasons:. To support the author when publisher HarperCollins copied the beautiful cover of her newly released book Spiderwork. I mean, look at this cover!
Well, I found the story entertaining enough but it was easy to put down and I doubt that I would have finished it if I had not been on vacation. Other than that, I found a lack of world building and descriptive prose. The "haves" live in space with the other peons stuck on earth. Crazy environmentalists are blowing shit up and setting off nuclear bombs in order to "save the earth. Just as I was liking what I was reading it went to shit. I have chosen you to receive my revelation.
I finally was starting to "get it" and then the book goes in a completely different direction. One that doesn't make much sense. And it gets worse. She called the fertile females her chalices They're just little girls. They are excited at being "chosen" cause they get extra long life. All the more to pop more kids out to repopulate the earth! Never mind what the girls would chose.
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I am more then willing to buy into the story even if it doesn't make much sense the super clean and "wonderful" place they find even though the rest of the planet has been nuked if I like it. However, there are things that just are eh, or more appropriately: Not reading the other 2 books. Hell will freeze first. Nov 30, Paige Prince rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm not normally into Sci-Fi type books.
Ok, Star Wars and Star Trek: The Next Generation are exceptions to that rule. But can you really pass up either of those? So, when LK Rigel contacted me to review her book, my first thought was "Nuh-uh". But then I read the blurb and thought "Hmm, this sounds interesting. And maybe it's time to expand my horizons a bit There's drama, some intrigue, and characters I ended up caring very much for.
She's to be moved off earth immediately. Because we didn't get any details as to why she's being moved off earth NOW and there's no time to go through the proper channels, it piqued the hell out of my interest. I'm a nosy bitch and I wanna know everything about everything. The chemistry between Char and Jake is instantaneous and doesn't stop. I was rooting for them from minute one. I did see one plot twist coming, but I didn't see another part of that twist, which was a very pleasant surprise. Not the twist, because that part was actually kinda sad, but the part about me not seeing it coming.
I've received the sequel to Hero Material, and I'm sorely tempted to skip through my requests list to read it. I guess I'd better get on top of reading more before I give into temptation! Nov 13, AnnaM rated it it was amazing Shelves: I lost some sleep reading this book. I loved the SF and the Romance. I liked all of the characters and the way the relationships, even the non-romantic, developed. I loved the humor and the way the romance felt so right. The only part that threw me was the paranormal threads.
I didn't read the full description before I started so it's my own fault. I was only vaguely familiar with the ancient gods chosen and still don't really understand how they fit in other than a little pop I lost some sleep reading this book. I was only vaguely familiar with the ancient gods chosen and still don't really understand how they fit in other than a little popping in to save the day. But paranormal's not my cuppa. I even gave up on the Dark Hunters series.
Still, I found this story oddly compelling. I know for certain I want to read the rest of the series to find out what happens to the characters because I like Char and Jake so much. I finished this hours ago and keep thinking about the world and the characters. I love the extrapolation from current events and how this is a plausible scenario to me, sans ancient gods of course. This book is a keeper for me. Jul 19, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: Very good ebook about the end of civilization as we know it starting with the Gulf Oil Spill of I thought it was a nice touch to bring the use of dispersants used there into the mix of the story.
Dystopia Reading Challenge. Book 7: Apocalypto: Samael’s Fire by LK Rigel | Rachel Tsoumbakos
By there is one world government, the Imperium, ruled by a corrupt emperor. Space stations offer vacations to the rich or well-connected. Hydroponic stations grow food. But corporations really rule the world. The biggest is Garrick - the only one still allowed to drill for oil. DOGs, the world- Very good ebook about the end of civilization as we know it starting with the Gulf Oil Spill of DOGs, the world-wide environmentalists, try to force the world to their way of thinking through terrorism.
That's after they have defeated the Talibanos Unidos.
Mutants appear in the population and, consequently, almost all births are now through artificial gestation. The gods are dead And will they save the world? Not a pretty picture of the world but it makes for a very good story. The writing was excellent, well thought out and executed. Looking forward to reading "Spiderwork," the sequel. This one was a rough start, as you immediately jump into a situation where you don't understand any of the lingo being used and it is slowly fed to you as you get further into the book.
Just give it a little bit and you'll like it more and more the further you get into the book. By the end, I was so spellbound that I was incredibly grateful that I had already downloaded the second book in the series to my Kindle so that I could jump straight into it. It's a little far out in some senses, but I e This one was a rough start, as you immediately jump into a situation where you don't understand any of the lingo being used and it is slowly fed to you as you get further into the book.
It's a little far out in some senses, but I enjoyed it. May 09, Jessica rated it really liked it. However, this a great introduction to the Apocalypto series. It's very well written. It's definitely not a slush pile indie book. I love indie ebooks, but there is a lot of crap out there.
It can be hard to find a gem in all the crap. But this is a gem for sure. The pacing was excellent and the plot intriguing. I've already started Spiderwork. Jan 06, Lisa rated it it was ok. Not very good character development, story line advanced too fast. SPOILERwithin 20 minutes of reading Char went up to the space station, had sex on the way with a guy she knew for 5 minutes, became a vessel for a god and then back to earth. Jul 14, Carolyn F. I could maybe come to terms with the goddess but the male fairies with erections on her shoulders holding her dress up?
Without them I'd probably rate this book higher. Dec 17, Freda Mans-Labianca rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes I felt the writing was scattered in parts, but in the end, the story came together beautifully. I thought it would be a little hotter in the romance department, but ws also fascinated by the sci-fi aspect of the book too. Can't wait to read book 2! Dec 03, Anna Tan rated it it was ok Shelves: So this was a very short read. It has its interesting points, but I guess the super quick romances contained here isn't quite my thing.
And the lame jokes. View all 3 comments. Sep 12, Sasha rated it really liked it. Got this free for my kindle and loved it. The next morning I had to buy the sequel.
A little romance , a little sci fi. Funny and fast paced. The only fault , I wish it had been longer. Jan 06, Reena Jacobs rated it really liked it Shelves: Expect my review Friday, January 14 on my blog: There was so much happening in a short period of time, I feel the need to break this review up in categories. This was a wild ride. I have to be honest. I started this book not knowing what it was. However, the first few pages caught my interest with the ghosts and all.
The Expect my review Friday, January 14 on my blog: They kind of reminded me of zombies, but I never really got a full description of them or what the big hoopla was. Then the romantic elements hit, which threw me off guard. No more judging a book by the cover. I looked up the book to find out what I was getting into. The first was Touched by an Alien by Gina Koch see review here. Now Space Junque was completely different. The setting was decades in the future, after the earth had experience several ecological disasters. Rigel even threw in the oil spill of One thing I can say about Ms.
There were a lot of unfamiliar terms in Space Junque, and I think a few could have benefited from additional explanations. Even so, all the elements were there to give the work a great sci-fi feel to it. I felt left out of the loop at times. This could be due to my lack of familiarity with the sci-fi genre though.
Rigel did excellent in this area for such a short span of time. I understood what the government aka empire wanted. I do wonder what the DOGs hoped to accomplish with their destructive path. Really, I see Space Junque as an intro to a potential epic saga. Could Space Junque simply be Act One? The romantic aspects were rather low key. Char and Jake had very little face-to-face time together, making it hard to call Space Junque a romance. However, it did meet the happy for now HFN requirement, kind of.
This was another aspect which blew me away. How in the world do you mix paranormal into Sci-fi? In Space Junque we seem to get the intro… a lot of great leading info. So, my summary of the plot: Basically, it seemed to be the intro of a bigger picture. This book drew me in but left me wanting more.
Spiderwork is definitely one to add to my reading list, just to read the rest of this saga. The main star of the show was Char. For the most part, she was well-developed.
I understood her motivates and even understood the rational behind her spontaneous behavior. Her co-star was Jake. I think there was only one chapter in his POV. So calling him co-star is a stretch. Oct 17, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I won this e-book in a contest. I was really torn between giving this novella 3 stars or 4. If I could give half stars, this would definitely be a 3. I liked it, but it had the same problem that a lot of romance novellas have; the relationship development was rushed.
I like Char, and I like Jake, but them feeling strongly about each other seemed rushed, and I would have liked to have seen it actually develop rather than just suddenly have them want to be with each other. In fact the first time I won this e-book in a contest. In fact the first time they have sex, it took me totally off guard because there was no lead up. I can understand why it would happen - they both just escaped death, but it felt awkward reading it. Tyler, but he was in great shape.
And definitely not engineered. Those were genuine, earned muscles under that tight-fitting hemp shirt. He swung her chair around and knelt in front of her, removing the straps from her arms and legs. Again without thinking, she reached out and ran her fingers through his hair. He looked up sharply. She expected anger, but she saw tears.
It had all gotten to him too, then. She smoothed the furrow between his eyes. Did she want to comfort him? Completely believable without using too much detail. I sometimes find the urge to drift off to sleep with large chunks of scientific explanation. The start of this book was completely captivating. Along with the science-fiction , there is a fair amount of sex. Most of the time this works deliciously. Dislikes This novel is VERY short, as a result, while I could sense myself falling in love with the characters, the story ended too abruptly for me to say I was really invested in them.
While, mostly, the large amounts of sex within this novel completely work with the storyline, there are times when it jumps right out in front of you like some sort of perverted flasher. You are neither prepared for it, nor do you find yourself believing the characters would do this. While the first half of the book is science-fiction , something strange happens with the second half and it turns into a fantasy novel.
The religious undertones felt out of place as a result. Also, there are a few moments the reader finds themselves confused as to what is now real in the novel as a result in the shift in genre. Related articles Dystopia Reading Challenge: About mrszoomby When I'm not writing or crocheting, I'm training for the zombie apocalypse. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public. Page Views , hits Search for: