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{July 5, 2012}   {Review} Nails Jane by Trista DiGiuseppi

From Goodreads: Ati is a soldier with a distaste for authority. But she’s willing to follow orders if it means she can spend a few days back on Earth. As each mission ends, the search for her lost husband begins. But her search reveals more about her past than she ever anticipated. Cast into exile, she finds herself stranded on a strange and savage planet.

But the war against Humanity reaches far beyond Earth. As Ati struggles to survive in the strange, celestial wilderness, she discovers even the Guardians of our universe are in danger. The process of living and dying has been interrupted, as a monstrous weapon threatens to devour all existence. Ati learns she must return from exile with a warning for every sentient creature: Be mindful of extinction.

This is a very interesting story that I think science fiction and fantasy fans will really like, especially as the beginning instantly sucks the reader in.  I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story, meeting the characters and finding out what Ati does as a soldier living in space.  I do have to admit, however, that I personally found some of the story hard to follow—a bit disconnected—as it unfolded, but I’m also not a strong science fiction buff, and am easily confused, so I don’t think it is the fault of the author. 

This story is told from multiple perspectives, which is one of my favorite styles for storytelling as it allows the reader to obtain different perspectives.  But, while the story is there, and it’s a fairly fast paced, science fantasy piece, I found that I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to, and I think, again, it has to do with me not fully following the story one hundred percent.  I was a little confused between Eva and Ati and the other worlds within the novel, as well as with the military lingo, but even so, I still found this an enjoyable novel.  Three stars. 

I received this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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