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Arabic English. Important Links. Aug 31, bookishtinkerbell rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalley , sci-fi. I tried to give this book a chance, I really did. But I figured it won't work for me. I liked the characters, thought they were well-written but I didn't like the plot at all. I guess i don't fit well with plot-driven books. Sep 01, iam rated it it was ok Shelves: arc , gays-in-space , trans-enby-gq.
Content warnings include: Rape and a wide variety of other unconsensual acts drugging, piercing, bondage, I'm probably forgetting a lot of others and it's all kind of brushed off?? The blurb feels like it was written by someone who only read a vague summary of the book.
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For one there were far more protagonists than just Eulio, a dancer, and Beny he is barely ever called Orosin , a composer who went to a intergalactic military academy, the later of who gets drafted to find a spy under the cover of accompanying his lover on his dance company tour. There is also Triani, another star dancer with an abundance of dysfuncional habits; Arriad, a teenaged assistant in the dance company who gets sucked into Triani's stardom; and Tyler Rodriguez, the only human protagonist, who is first officer on the military spaceship the dance company tours on and no quite happy with how the captain runs the ship.
The world-building was sufficient for the plot but I wished there had been more of it. The exact cultures and political alliances and so on of and between the different alien species weren't elaborated or introduced in depth, and not really plot relevant. It was a bit of a disappointment - the book would have worked out just fine had everyone been human. Equally irrelevant to the plot or pretty much anything was the fact that Merculians as a species are hermaphrodites, which here seems to mean that they all have both human male and female gonads and sexual characteristics. Singular they is literally right there.
Another disappointment, because I love reading about non-human-gender conforming alien species, but it wasn't explored at all. The writing wasn't always clear and frequently quite confusing. Some of the dialogue felt stilted and often didn't seem to fit together. I wouldn't say there were too many plot holes, but I also often couldn't figure out how single actions, scenes and characters' decision added up to what was happening or why things were done.
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Still, it was quite exciting and I found myself wanting to find out what happens next, even if I didn't always like how things developed. One of the main things that bothered me was how the substantial amount of abusive behaviour in this book was simply brushed off and remained without consequences. Some of these actions were done by protagonists, and while it wasn't really repeated there was also a serious lack of character development or reflection.
In the end it was still an entertaining read. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Sep 11, Seraphia rated it it was amazing Shelves: action , aliens , awesome , crime , exciting , fantasy , fiction , lbgtq , military , murder. When I started reading The Danger Dance by Caro Soles I was shocked at how quickly the author hooked me into the story and me page-turning.
Being an avid reader of science fiction novels, I knew this book would pique my interest, but I had no idea that it would be done so thoroughly. Let me just say this The author introduced to two Merculians hermaphrodites Eulio and his lover Orosin.
Eulio is an exceptional dancer whose troup is about to go on a tour. These two lovers are looped into a plot of intrigue by a mysterious individual to learn who is a traitor and funneling out information to pirates. Since Orosin went to the academy, he is told that the tour he was spared from having to do after the academy is now being forced upon him. You can easily imagine how unhappy he is with this development because it means his family connections were for nothing and so many years have passed since his academy days.
All they are supposed to do is gather information, discover the culprit and make sure the proper authorities are alerted. Sounds simple right? The author does a beautiful job of creating a tapestry of mystery, intrigue, drama and danger to show that there is nothing that simple. I couldn't get enough of these characters!
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The author layers them with others throughout the story and it just kept pulling me along as I was eager to try to figure out who the traitor was. I had my suspicions about a couple, and I sensed the danger in another. The drama between the characters is so good that I almost could believe that they were real individuals. I love how diverse they are from the different areas that they each hail from. I love that the author shows that some of the characters were less honorable than others perceived them.
One would think that a captain of a ship would be infallible, but it turns out that he's one to keep a close eye on and his age has nothing to do with him no longer being fit for the position as captain. All I can say is that there is one scene that literally had my jaw on the floor from shock.
I tip my hat to the author for that one. There honestly is only one thing that I didn't like about this book and it was how quickly some of the characters were introduced to me. I have to admit that I got a couple of them confused as to who was whom after a certain scene played out, but I got them sorted out. I guess I would just simply suggest paying close attention to the character's names as you're reading so you don't get who's who mixed up as I did.
All in all, I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is an engaging science fiction space drama mystery thriller. It has so much going on. Yes, there are some MILD sex scenes, but they aren't graphic. One is more in-depth than the others, but not detailed. These characters must face many challenges and I love how the story plays out. If you are an avid reader of science fiction this book is a must. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.