Sunday, July 28, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Warpworld - Kristene Perron and Joshua Simpson

Book Summary:

How far would you go…

On his first crossing through the warps, Seg discovers a world rich in vita – fuel to save his dying world. Cold, brilliant and desperate to prove himself as a Cultural Theorist, Seg breaks away from the recon squad sent to protect him, to scout out prime vita sources. But to find his prize he must face his biggest fear: water.

Fiery and headstrong, Ama receives an ultimatum from her people’s tyrannical overlords: betray her own kind or give up the boat she calls home, forever. When a wealthy traveler hires her as a guide, Ama thinks her prayers are answered – until a violent murder reveals Seg’s true identity.

On the run, over land and water, hunted by a ruthless and relentless tracker, and caught in the schemes of a political powerhouse, Seg and Ama will have to strike an uneasy truce to survive.

The fate of two worlds is in their hands.
My Thoughts:
I was not really sure if this would be to my liking.  Don't get me wrong, I love science fiction and the premise sounded great.  You just never know until you get into the book and begin reading. This book is told from two different perspectives.   We have Ama who lives in a society that reminds me almost of a medieval caste society. Ama is part of the Kenda society.  This is just one step above the Welfs (slaves to the others)  I like Ama and her spunk.  She lives in a society where she is given freedom to own and captain her boat for a short time.  The reason?  She is female.  They have a certain place in society and it is not owning and operating a business.  She has a family full of brothers who believe she should marry and accept her place in society.  It doesn't help that she has a brother who is soon to become a part of the highest place in society.
The second main character is Seg.  He is from a world where the technology is more advanced.  His people prey on societies like Ama's.  They take what they need to survive and use the people they take back to their world as slaves.  Seg is an up and coming Theorist.  He is very gifted and so he does the unthinkable.  He decides to change the way things are usually done.  He goes undercover to get what they need to take back and meets Ama.  It is only a matter of time before the situation becomes more complex as Ama and Seg start to have feelings for each other.  I loved the world building in this book. It took me a while to get into this world.  But, once there it was a world I didn't want to leave.  I absolutely loved this book and I look forward to reading more in the books that will follow. I definitely recommend this book to all science fiction/fantasy lovers.

Kristene Perron's Bio:
Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward) and self-described 'fishing goddess'. Pathologically nomadic, she has lived in Japan, Cost Rica, the cook Islands, and a very tiny key in the Bahamas, just to name a few. Her stories have appeared in Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2010 she won the Surrey International Writers' conference Storyteller Award.
Kristene is a member of SF Canada. Her novel, Warpworld, is the first in a five book adventure science fiction series, penned with her Texan co-writer, Joshua Simpson.
She currently resides in Nelson, BC, Canada but her suitcase is always packed.

Joshua Simpson's Bio:A career nomad, Josh Simpson has driven trucks through the lower forty-eight states, treated and and disposed of hazardous waste, mixed mud as a stone masonry laborer, failed abysmally in marketing, gotten on people's nerves as a safety man, and presently gets on their nerves even more using nerve release techniques in musculo-skeletal pain relief.

He lives amidst the scrub and mesquite of West Texas, cohabiting with the requisite writer's minimum of two cats.
Warpworld is his first published novel.

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  1. Sandra, thanks so much for reading and reviewing Warpworld! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time extrans. ;)

    Next one is on its way soon!

  2. Thanks Sandra for the stellar review! I'm glad you were able to get caught up in the world that Kristene and Josh created :)