So Twintype Books isn’t a book review blog…we barely keep our heads above water as it is, writing our OWN books, but every once in a while there comes a book that we really do want to share with you. Please find below, word-for-word, Kate’s Goodreads review of Lex Talionis by R.S.A. Garcia!!!!!
***I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
In the interest of full disclosure, the author and I became casual online buddies AFTER the book was made available on NetGalley, but that had absolutely no influence on my review.
I don’t normally read sci-fi, but I would gladly pay money for any sequel…with an ending like that, there MUST be a sequel! But not in a HA HA, HERE’S YOUR CLIFFIE, GIMME MONEY kind of way, thank goodness! This is also a very good example of world-building done RIGHT…so many authors, when faced with the daunting task of truly creating a world (or in this case, worlds) from the ground up, it’s a case of crash and burn. Here, I never had a problem following along and picturing these worlds, yet the author never resorts to rampant exposition or infodumps. Instead, we learn about the worlds by living in them with the characters.
“Lex” was absolutely amazing, a strong female character who could kick some serious a** but still be capable of tenderness and compassion. The minor characters were equally well-rounded, and I was extremely impressed with the creativity the author showed in making each of them unique in every aspect.
As I mentioned above, I am PRAYING that there is a sequel, not just so we’ll have the pleasure of reading more from Ms. Garcia, but because there’s so much we don’t know about! (Go to Goodreads to read spoiler!!!)
There is a rape scene in the book, however the reader is warned about it in advance via the narrative. Although it’s painful to read, I didn’t feel that it was exploitative or “over the top” for shock value in terms of readability. It made the violent bloodbath on board that ship much more understandable, especially when we find out the “parties” that carried it out.
I could keep writing and writing, but I would wear out the spoiler tag, so I just urge you to enjoy this book on your own. It’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and cute alien kittens, but it is an incredibly solid readable book, and I recommend it, without reservation.