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The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey is the first novel in the series by the same name. In the 24th century on Earth, the world is controlled by corporations. Trying to escape financial ruin, many sell their children to mercenary companies, such as the Kimura Corporation. Sigrid is one such child. Her parents sold Sigrid to the Kimura Corporation for the money, but little do they know that Kimura sought Sigrid out because of her genetic make-up. This genetic make-up will allow them to alter her into an enhanced killing machine. Sigrid comes to Kimura scared and the runt of the group, leading to a lot of bullying. But as the girls at Alcyone develop and grow, they begin to realize that they are pawns in a greater war amongst the corporations. Sigrid and her friends must figure out a way to live as free women untethered to and unsought by any corporations.
This was an action filled story that followed the girls at Alcyone, the Kimura research facility, from the time they are girls to adulthood. Caffrey does a good job adding in parts throughout to highlight the relationships between the girls as they grow older. I especially liked the later parts of the story when Sigrid is on her own acting as a mercenary. That is the time that she is the most strong and smart and becomes her own self and a leader. There is a nice mix of getting to know more about the characters and action. However, even though the story had all the elements that I love in a story, somehow I didn’t love the character of Sigrid, I felt like there was still distance between the characters and the reader, and that I wasn’t completely engrossed in their lives. This might be because of how much time the novel covers. Additionally, the science aspect was glossed over considerably. Overall, there were a lot of twists and turns to the story and filled with adventure.
The narration by Kristin James was good. She was able to consistently capture the voices of the characters. There were some accents that I didn’t like, in that they felt a little off, but overall the characters were distinguishable and consistent. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories about rebelling against the controlling population and a story full of powerful women.
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I enjoyed the characters and plot of the story. The interesting use of genetics to develop enhanced soldiers. Choosing young girls and the smallest girl to exhibit the best results, loved it-- great characters and an excellent choice for the narrator. I enjoyed her choice of voices to relay each character and several sounded the same way I thought they would when I read it the numerous times before purchasing the audios for all three books. I'm ready for another, or at least a novella to see what adventures the two have after book three.
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Would you listen to The Girls from Alcyone again? Why?
No, not that I hated the book or anything like that.
Would you be willing to try another book from Cary Caffrey? Why or why not?
Yes differently. At some point I will listen to book 2.
What does Kristin James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Kristin uses a good variety of different voices and it makes the book more enjoyable.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
This little girl is all grown up now.
Any additional comments?
After all her training, I would have liked Sigrid to have gone back to earth and maybe visited her family.
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