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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31: Rogue

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31: Rogue
Authors:
Andy Mangels
Michael A. Martin
Published: June 2001
360 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Six months before their ultimate battle against the Borg for the fate of Earth, Captain Jean-Luc Piccard and the crew of the “USS Enterprise”™ face a very different kind of crisis. A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he’s forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands.

NO LAW.
NO CONSCIENCE.
NO STOPPING THEM.

Kim’s Review:

While I really enjoyed the first book in the Section 31 series, this book was a bit of a dud. As much as I love the TNG crew, I sludged through this book. To be honest, I can’t really say I remember much of what happened. I did go back and re-watched a couple of episodes of TNG to make sure I had all the groundwork. I just couldn’t really get into the story. It all just felt a little forced. It’s so sad, but I don’t think I could give any details from the story. I know there were Romulans and I learned a little more about Lt. Hawk before First Contact … but other than that, not much else. I remember kinda enjoying it while I read, but nothing stuck with me.

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Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol

Secondborn
Author: Amy A. Bartol

Published: August 1, 2017
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 6-27, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

Jessica’s Review:

Secondborn has an interesting concept about birth order and where you fall in society. And you better not have a third child without permission! (Only firstborn’s can have children).Roselle is our protagonist and she is the second born child to a very elite mother, a mother who could care less about Roselle.  Roselle even grew up on television and she is well known.  But once her 18th birthday hits all life changes for her, she has to become a part of the army.

This is a coming of age story and Roselle’s fight to survive.  There is also a love interest thrown in which I could have done without, but it becomes important later in the book and I am sure for the future books of the series. 

Secondborn is similar to Divergent with the different sections of society (in Divergent you have a choice) with a female protagonist becoming who she is meant to be with a love story with a hottie thrown in.  Ultimately it was just an ok read for me as it did not really add to the YA/Dystopian genre.  I’ll stick with the Divergent series which I really enjoyed, despite the unpopular ending that I saw coming and actually enjoyed.   

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Asylum Obscura

Asylum Obscura
Author: Stephanie Johnson
Published: September 20, 2019
322 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Charlotte, a young girl with her own personal demons, inherits Cliffmoore House when her grandfather dies. Cliffmoore House, an abandoned asylum as it turns out, has demons as well. Charlotte and her companions need to stop the evil entities before they consume the asylum grounds and their souls.

Kim’s Review:

Is anyone surprised that Kim read this book?? If you are, well you obviously need to spend more time on the blog! The description excited me and I love finding new indie authors, so I bought it and read it.

First, the pros. Johnson created a great setting with Cliffmoore House. I wanted so badly to visit and to learn more about it and it drew me in immediately. She also has a good imagination for horror. There were some parts of this book that had me legit creeped out! I know she is totally capable of writing a brilliant horror novel, but unfortunately this is not that novel.

Now, the cons. In horror, less is more. If the plot line can’t stand on its own as a scary one, then throwing every scary element you’ve ever heard of into it is not going to help. Thankfully, this plot line is already creepy. This book should have been an anthology of haunted hospitals and hotels and private homes all over England. If that had been the case, I would have added at least a star to my rating. But the fact that everything happened in this one hospital to this one group of people diminished the entire experience. There were too many spirits to make any one of them special. There were too many exorcisms and they simply became par for the course. And just when you thought the story was over, yet another entity was thrown in and by that time all I could think was, “really? Another one?!”

There were also certain details that Johnson never really acknowledged. There were satanic drawings and symbols in the lab, but no other evidence of satanic rituals. Explanations for most of the spirits but none for the truly terrifying ones.  Plus the book was riddled with typos and incorrect pronouns, which to be fair, could be easily fixed by a good editor. I’ll admit that this has more to do with me than with the book or the author, but I just really didn’t connect with the characters. Charlotte just seemed flat to me. Maybe the drug and alcohol abuse would have made more sense if earlier trauma had been identified, but I really never saw anything that justified it so it was just an annoyance through the whole book.

Overall, I’m glad I read it and I hope Johnson will continue writing, but I also say that it’s easy to see this is her first novel and she has a lot of growing to do as a writer.

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