Starshine : Aurora Rising

  • by G. S. Jennsen
  • Narrated by Pyper Down
  • Series: Aurora Rising
  • 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Space is vast and untamed, and it holds many secrets.
Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them.
The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.
Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars.
Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life - not to mention the entire galaxy - upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not.
When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph, or fall to ruin?
Aurora Rising is an epic tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.

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A double standard in reviews

This was a very good read, fast-paced with very good tech, a good and interwoven storyline with excellent twists and turns. I am looking forward, impatiently, to the next sequel.

Before buying Starshine I read a number of reviews, one that caught my attention classified the book as "A Science Fiction Bodice Ripper". At first blush, I would have agreed with that, but then I realized just how chauvinistic that opinion was.

Yes, the book contains the typical amount of requisite sexuality. But to call it a Bodice Ripper simply because it is presented from the Estrogen point of view rather than from the usual Testosterone perspective is indeed simply chauvinistic. OK, she's a bit obsessed with his "strong jawline" but how is that really different from the typical male author's obsession with her shapely figure? Actually I found the turnabout of sexual perspective refreshing and it added a great deal of depth to the characters.

A worthy space opera...
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- W. Morgan Rockhill

Low Ratings May Reveal Possible Love Haters ;)

The science fiction genre has been overwhelmingly male-dominated for a loooong time. I am happy to finally see more female authors. I love the sci-if genre but I've got to be able to relate to it better as a woman to really enjoy reading it. This book has a strong , independent, smart female main character. Yes, there is a prominent romantic element in this book. Does that make it a weak book worthy of some of the crappy ratings it's getting here? No! The plot extends far, far beyond the love interest. I hesitated to read this book for too long. I let the ratings talk me out of it until I read the reviews which, led me to realize there is some serious gender backlash happening within this genre. Understandable, I suppose, but annoyingly skews the ratings. Sure, you still may dislike the book for some other reason. But I highly suspect that the romantic element of this book was a major detraction for some readers.
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- Kara Nicole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2014
  • Publisher: Hypernova Publishing