A hundred years ago, the last people of Earth landed on planet AR617b. It was their only hope after being forced to flee the dead planet that was once their ancestral home.
The native inhabitants of AR617b, known as gerons, are sentient creatures that resemble a cross between dragons and griffins of old Earth lore. When they initially tried to destroy the settlers, a deal was made to ensure both species' survival. It was decided that each year, every five-year-old human child must take The Walk across a hundred meter field. If they don't stop or run, they will arrive safely on the other side and be allowed to grow up and have families of their own. But if they break the rule, the gerons will kill them - unless, by a strange quirk of fate, a geron decides to pair with the child, taking and raising the human as its own.
Emmala took The Walk, and found herself adopted by one of the older gerons, an immense silvery-white creature named Zonaton. For the next 15 years, he cared for her, protected her, and loved her. But now Emmala's real family wants her back, and they will do everything they can to have her returned, even if it means killing Zonaton and starting an all-out war with the gerons.
What neither the settlers nor gerons realize is that there is another alien species watching and waiting for the two combatants to go into battle. Because when they do, that will be the aliens' cue to destroy everyone and claim AR617b for their own.
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A Science Fiction Romance..
Zonaton, the male lead, chooses to pair, a rare action, with Emmala, the female lead, during her time for the "Walk".
As Emmala grows older, she and Zonaton develop feelings for one another.
I liked Emmala, she was a strong well developed character.
I wasn't to sure about Zonaton in the beginning but he grew on me.
The book was interesting but there was more focus on the villagers than the growing relationship between the two leads.
The story was not as carefree and fluffy as I had originally thought, there is some violence and references to child abuse.
Despite being a bit different from what I was expecting, the book left me curious, wanting to be provided with an update on the main characters and whether or not they can have children of their own. Is there a book two?
Audrey Lusk did a good job with the narration.
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- jean doe
Wow! This was better than expected.
I loved the relationship building. It was strange, odd, bordered on creepy at first then turned into a form of purity that was very sweet.
Zonaton hands down was the best part. I just fell in love with him. He was so protective of the her. But I also loved the world building. I had a vivid picture of the set up and how things worked. It was quite fascinating.
Audrey did a great job with the various voices.
I found it very hard to pull away from it. I even took it on a couple of trips so I could keep listening. I'm not sure what it is about the story and character, not to mention the great world building that pulled me right in. The only negative was the miner angle. I didn't get it since it was really made clear what their motives were from their perspective.
I hope this world is revisited again soon. In the mean time, I'll look for more works by this author.
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