The Girls from Alcyone : The Girls from Alcyone

  • by Cary Caffrey
  • Narrated by Kristin James
  • Series: The Girls from Alcyone
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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Excerpt:
Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.
"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."
Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.
Sigrid knew she would kill them.
Synopsis:
Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.
Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret - a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.
But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.

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Wonderful Futuristic/Coming-of-Age Adventure

This was a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi adventure with a little bit of everything… Space battles, ground fighting, suspense, interpersonal relationships, future technology, coming-of-age story line, action, and romance.

The story begins with young Sigrid being essentially “bought” from her parents. With the family in enormous debt and stuck in nearly lifelong indentured servitude, the parents are convinced to part with their daughter knowing that not only will their debts be paid, but that she will be receiving a top-notch education and be a part of something important.

Sigrid and a group of other girls have a very rare genetic marker that will enable a military corporation to enhance their senses, strength, and intellectual abilities to turn them into the ultimate super-soldiers. She and several dozen other girls are sent to a secret military facility where they receive advanced military, equipment, and combat training. Along with the gradual physical enhancements over time, the girls are transformed from impressionable young children to lethal and effective weapons.
However, the secret corporate project is drawing the attention of other factions and governments, none of whom want an adversary to develop something that will change the balance of power. The girls will be caught in the middle of these political and sometimes violent disputes and not all of them will survive…

Another excellent part of the story is the romantic relationship between Sigrid and Suko and its development as they progress from childhood into young adults. The two girls fall in love, but are separated by the ongoing conflicts. Despite the fact that neither of them may survive, they will stop at nothing to be reunited.

Narration was very fluid and believable. I was very impressed.

I would recommend this book to any sci-fi fans. I was impressed by the excellent story line, writing, and plot from an author I had never heard of… 5 Stars!


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a lot of twists and turns to the story

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2016
  • Publisher: Cary Caffrey