Saturday, 10 October 2015

Ours to Save by Shona Husk

Title: Ours to Save
Series: ES Siren (#9)
Author: Shona Husk
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, Scifi, Space Opera
Release Date: 23rd July 2015
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Former Gaia activist Micah didn't want his family ripped apart, and by lying about his daughter's age, and a sizable donation, he managed to get both them and his convict partner and mother of his child, Felicity, on board. But when their daughter is threatened, both Michah and Felicity's loyalties are questioned and they have to do the unthinkable to save their family and the Siren.

That was a perfect end to the ES Siren's journey through space. Each book in the series has added a little more to the overall plot (though there have been three major plot arcs, one per each set of three books) and Ours to Save definitely hit the nail on the head with ending it.

There's been several different types of relationship coming out on board, not just between the various civilians, army staff and prisoners, but also in the way that they all interacted. But Ours to Save added a family dynamic into the mix.

Though Micah and Felicity's daughter herself didn't really play a central role as a character herself, she was central to the plot and provided the motivation for the story. It was an interesting position to be in and I liked how Husk managed to convey that people would do anything for their children. Due to her imprisonment, Felicity didn't actually know her daughter (and vice versa) which did add another level to that, and made the book quite emotional at times.

There was a real sense of suspense in the book, between the "standard" staff, citizens and prisoners of the Siren, and the "rebel" faction. It was made more interesting by the fact that some of the previous characters have sided on the rebel side, so I wasn't really all too sure how I wanted it to end. This of course helped make it not black and white.

One thing I really want to know now though is how the colony is going. I know that the journey through space is over, and the characters are approaching Solitaire at the beginning of the book, but I really still want to know more!