Double Life (Razia Book 1) by S. Usher Evans
Genre: Scifi and fantasy
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Format: I purchased the book from Amazon
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Summary from Amazon:
Piracy is a game. How much are you worth?
Since she was a little girl, everyone - from her father to the Great Creator himself - told Lyssa Peate the same thing: she's worthless. But when she becomes the pirate bounty hunter Razia, she can see the price tag on her own head. Employed by one of the four space pirate syndicates, she uses bank transactions and her considerable wits to capture rival members. At least, she would be if Razia's boss ever gave her a chance. It's a man’s world, and all she’s allowed to hunt are purse snatchers while she languishes on probation.
To pay the bills, she's stuck in her old life as Lyssa, discovering and analyzing distant planets and selling them for cash. She's doing just enough to stay out of trouble, pretending to be continuing her father's mysterious research while away for long periods of time. Her slimy boss is always asking questions and even assigns one of her younger brothers, Vel, to intern with her. Already struggling to keep the balance between her double lives, she tries everything to rid herself of the kid...
...until the universal police mistake Lyssa’s intern for Razia's hostage.
Double Life is the first in a four-book space opera series that readers call, "well written, entertaining, and engaging" and features "a healthy dose of snark."
Honestly, this book is not something that I would have picked up myself. I don’t usually read sci fi but again, it’s summer and it’s time to try new things. One of the main reasons that I picked up the book (other than the fact that I asked the author if I could review it) was because it sounded a lot like another book that my friend has been pushing for me to read for a while now (I can’t remember the name of it though).
The idea of piracy is also very active in the book. I really don’t like reading about pirates, just the idea of them freak me out a bit but this was also a unique take on that idea. Lyssa is part of hunters that have an organization to track down pirates, but there’s only one rule standing in her way, a ‘no-girls’ rule.
There is so much detail, even within just the first 3-4 paragraphs. We don’t get very much information, it has a mysterious tone and honestly I got a little scared just reading. I was seriously confused about what was going on but the prologue was just Lyssa’s (the main character’s) dream. Continuing on, there was a lot of dramatic events, including being chased by a cat, and I was still super confused. I know that this is sci fi and these things appeal to people. A lot more was cleared up in the middle of chapter 1 and I’ll explain it here, in case you’re confused like me:
Lyssa is licensed to evacuate and sell planets, which turns out to be quite a stressful job. She has a degree from the Planetary and System Science Academy and she only takes on the projects that she knows will succeed. Besides this job, she’s also trying to become a bounty hunter, a
Usually books rarely describe the main character, I guess to make them appeal more to the reader but this book described Lyssa right off the bat. I really liked the description of her because she sounds like the ‘girl next door’ type of person.
There was also just a little bit of romance in the book; not fully developed but it makes sense because this is the first book in a series of 4.
There is some stronger language in the book (but is used completely in place) so be warned when reading. I actually found it to be appropriate within the book. It was definitely uncomfortable to read the beginning interactions between Lyssa and her father, which I’m pretty sure was the author’s original intentions so it was very well written.
Thee book has a really hollow feeling to it, you know, the kind of narrative voice at the very beginning of the movies but there was something about the tone that really set it off.
Overall, the book has a fresh new idea that hasn’t been seen before. As of now, I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It was very well written and I recommend it to people who actually like sci fi books, and even if you don’t I say give it a try and you never know, you may just surprise yourself and like it. I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars).
That’s it for this review. It’s kind of short but I feel like it’s to the point. However, I may re-review it sometime in the future. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @BrookeEvans or leave a comment down below. I’ll see you tomorrow for my post about my 6-month blogiversary.
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