Monday, 22 August 2016

On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett

Title: On a Rogue Planet
Series: The Phoenix Adventures (#3)
Author: Anna Hackett
From: Netgalley
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera, Romance
Release Date: 16th November 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge2016 Blogger ShameSummer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Unlucky-in-love salvage mechanic, Malin Phoenix, didn’t intend to get caught up in a coup and kidnapped by a sexy cyborg. But she finds herself swept into an adventure to help the deadly, emotionless CenSec, Xander Saros, retrieve an ancient Terran artifact and save his planet. Soon she’s racing across uncharted space and is magnetically drawn to the cyborg whose strong arms and muscled body ignite a desire that burns brighter than a supernova. But Mal can never let herself forget that she can’t fall in love with a cyborg who can never love her back. The crowning glory of the Centax Security program, Xander is heavily enhanced, his emotions dampened to nothing to allow him to be the most efficient, lethal killer in the galaxy. As he and Malin hunt for the remnant of the galaxy’s first computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, their quest leads them into the lair of a dangerous technomancer. But Xander can’t identify his greatest threat—the enemy or the fascinating woman who’s making him feel.

On a Rogue Planet can be read as a standalone, however it does reference the events and characters from the previous two books and as such is better read as a part of a series. This review may contain minor spoilers for the previous books in the series, At Star's End and In the Devil's Nebula

I think that On a Rogue Planet is quite possibly my favourite book from this series so far! There was so much about it to like. It was action packed as well as being a break from the traditional romance roles that so many books end up falling back on (and don't get me wrong, I love a well written trope as much as the next reader, but sometimes shaking it up is good!) 

Mal isn't a typical girly girl, though there were a couple of moments where she did put effort into dressing nice and doing make-up, so basically she came across as normal. She was a mechanic and it's been clear since the reader first met her that she loves it. As such she was no weakling and fought not only for herself but for those she cared about too. 

Xander was a big strong fighting machine, and definately futuristic. As a combination of man and robot his character was an interesting one, and his main character progression was learning to deal with emotions. As such, he was the naive one in the relationship, both physically and emotionally, and it was an interesting dynamic to read between the two leads. 

There was some great world building in On a Rogue Planet too. There was the introduction of Rogue Planets themselves, which was interesting and nothing like I would have expected, as well as some new races and planets. On top of that there was also some relationship building for Nik and Nera which has been going on for all the books! (And I'm guessing they'll get their own at some point!) 

I really enjoyed On a Rogue Planet and hope to read more from Hackett!