Children of Scarabaeus Mass Market Paperback – 29 Mar 2011
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"Song of Scarabaeus is an enjoyable, fast-paced slice of adventure science fiction, infused with a measured dose of romance. The technological and political background is revealed with a deft hand, never getting in the way of the action."--BookPage
Song of Scarabaeus is an enjoyable, fast-paced slice of adventure science fiction, infused with a measured dose of romance. The technological and political background is revealed with a deft hand, never getting in the way of the action. --BookPage"
From the Back Cover
The crib is everywhere . . .
Edie Sha'nim believes she and her bodyguard lover, Finn, could find refuge from the tyranny of the Crib empire by fleeing to the Fringe worlds. But Edie's extraordinary cypherteck ability to manipulate the ecology of evolving planets makes her far too valuable for the empire to lose. Recaptured and forced to cooperate or else she will watch Finn die Edie is shocked to discover the Crib's new breed of cypherteck: children. She cannot stand by while the oppressors enslave the innocent, nor can she resist the lure of Scarabaeus, the first world she tried to save, when researchers discover what appears to be an evolving intelligence.
But escape for Edie, for Finn, and for the exploited young will require the ultimate sacrifice . . . and a shocking act of rebellion."See all Product Description
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The trio hitches a ride on a ship filled with migrant workers in cryosleep, waiting to be awakened when someone needs their particular skill. Edie is understandably terrified at the idea of being put into cryosleep for an indefinite period, but Cat sets the timer for 15 months, and Edie creates bios and skillsets for them so that they might be awakened earlier. Unfortunately, the Crib finds Edie, and 13 months after going into cryosleep, she finds herself on a Crib vessel, at the mercy of Natesa, the woman that can force her to use her skills to further the plans of the Crib and systematically turn ecosystems across the universe into the "Terran ideal". Edie discovers that Natesa is training a new batch of children to see "an ecosystem in flux as damaged, and the Terran ideal as the cure," and when she realizes that they aren't afraid to use the children for more nefarious means, the stakes all of a sudden become much, much higher.
I adored Sara Creasy's first novel, Song of Scarabaeus, and was more than eager to revisit Edie and Finn's universe. Children of Scarabaeus is just as good, and I think I liked it even more than the first! The passion between Edie and Finn burns through the pages, and the frustration they feel as the mental leash keeps them from consummating their relationship is palpable. I rooted for Edie and Finn from the start, and Finn's need to protect Edie, as well as her desperation to keep him close to her and safe makes everything they go through that much more urgent. When Natesa finds the infojack that created the leash and is ordered to cut it, Edie is terrified this could kill Finn, not to mention the thought that he might choose to leave her behind. The real shocker comes when Edie learns of widespread famine in the Central world, and the project that she's assigned to is designed to prop up these worlds for a limited amount of time, after which the ecosystems will completely fail. How can Edie possibly stop this from happening, without killing herself and her friends in the process?
I love the science and world building in these novels. When Edie jacks into the datastream, the pathways of an ecosystem are like "music", and you can almost visualize the zipping, soaring colors as Edie works her magic. The author's descriptives are also so good that a relative sci-fi newbie (like me) can easily keep up with the narrative without feeling out of the loop. I've had this happen before with "hard" sci-fi, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not that there's anything wrong with the genre, but I ended up concentrating so hard on trying to understand a fraction of the science that I couldn't enjoy the story. Not so with Sara Creasy's work. And the story is the best thing about these books. Wonderful character development, a lush, fleshed out environment, suspense, romance, and a multi-layered storyline makes for great reading! Sara Creasy is an auto-buy for me, and I'll look forward to getting my hands on her next book!
Edie Sha'nim appears to drag catastrophe (and uber-controlling, wannabe despots) wherever she goes. On their way to help the Fringe worlds get out from under the thumb of the omnipresent Crib empire, Edie and Finn (and their meager crew) are re-captured by the very woman Edie's been trying to escape since she was ten years old. Natesa is determined to keep Edie and her powerful abilities under lock and key. And that includes keeping her away from other interested parties, particularly other Crib and/or military individuals who believe Edie's singular talents would be put to better use back on Scarabaeus itself, figuring out what went wrong in the first place and what exactly is evolving now on its treacherous terrain. But Natesa's control extends only so far, especially as the work on her precious Project Ardra isn't exactly thriving. The further Edie delves into the details of the project, the more she realizes just how badly the project is foundering. And, with her control slipping and her professional reputation on the line, Natesa will do anything she can to collar Edie. Including separating her from Finn and any other influence she deems antithetical to her goals. Determined to set Finn free from the leash that binds them and the grasping fingers of the Crib, Edie must decide where to place her loyalties and which devil to serve.
I slipped into this one with absolutely no trouble at all. Part of that was, of course, that it had only been a few days since I finished the first book. But a larger part is due to Sara Creasy's wonderfully sure sense of setting and character. The world is vast but consistent, the characters familiar and compelling. Edie and Finn had an immediate stranglehold on my attention and my emotions were high and riveted for the duration of the book. I'll go ahead and say that it's a palpable relief to read a duology. They're all but extinct these days it seems, and I can't tell you how relieving it was to go in knowing the tale would not stretch on for eons, that the author had an ending and a way of getting there in mind. That said, I would read more about these two and their world in a heartbeat. The unusual and vital relationship that evolves between this cypherteck and her rebel-turned-bodyguard launched my heart into my throat with each scene they shared. It was meaningful and based on trust, as opposed to hurried and based on lust. I enjoyed the two of them so much and looked forward to anytime they were allowed to be alone and just talk to each other, which, naturally, was a rare occurrence indeed, what with everyone and their dog hell bent on destroying whatever Edie holds dear and any hope of freedom Finn ever had. I admire restraint in storytelling, and this series is an excellent example of such. It could so easily have shoved over into melodrama and pure spectacle, but it never does. One scene, in particular, struck me as marvelously well done. The reader expects a certain outcome, and is instead handed a much more subtler version of the truth. It served to enhance the connection between characters, rather than exploit the moment. I loved it. I felt I knew them based on their choices, which were always dire. But they made the decisions, they didn't waver, and the ending offered up hope and resolution in an effortless package. Color me satisfied. I can't wait to see what Ms. Creasy has to offer us next.
Picking up where Song of Scarabaeus left off, Edie and Finn have a growing relationship. But Finn still has a bomb connected to his brain that reacts to Edie, with unfortunate side effects. Once again, Creasy's dark and complex universe of the oppressive Crib, creative advanced technology, and a sentient planet is fascinating and engaging. No sophomore slump here.
With plenty of surprising twists and turns, this was non-stop suspense and adventure. This sequel had a building, climactic and satisfying ending that I didn't see coming. I'll be looking forward to more upcoming releases from the inventive Sara Creasy. Fans of science fiction will enjoy this unique saga with a bit of romance.
The romance is sweet. These are very different characters from very different backgrounds but you can see why they fell in love; Sharing characteristics of loyalty, strength, bravery and trust. Finn is just wonderfully, quietly, capable and willing to fight for his woman.
This book offers real and final resolution but the universe is rich enough that I won't be surprised if Ms. Creasy returns to some of these characters again.
This is an action novel. The characters don't prattle on about how they feel about each other, they show it by their actions. They are achingly noble and loyal to each other.
There's some really great scenes that evoke strong emotions for the reader. You'll find yourself smiling and cringing all in the same novel.
If you like sci-fi with a lot of interpersonal relationships you'll love "Children of Scarabaeus".
I'd recommend buying "Song of Scarabeus" first, but this can be a stand alone novel.