Title: Pathfinder: Exodus: Book Two
Author Name & Publisher: Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2015 – 222 pgs
Following the Advance team, the Exodus ship heads toward a new homeworld. Here they will build a future without the threat of mutated changers. Chief Engineer Adina Vantressa, responsible for keeping the Exodus vessel operational, stays far away from her vast family. She doesn’t trust them. Nurse Briar Lindemay shares a secret with her younger sister Caya, an unregistered changer whom Briar has unlawfully brought with her aboard Exodus.
Adina and Briar meet, and their attraction grows despite their attempts to stay apart. Briar fears that acting on her feelings will take her focus from Caya. Adina’s emotional scars hinder her, but she can’t ignore how Briar makes her feel.
When disaster strikes and the only way to save the Exodus is to trust what the people aboard fear most, will the authorities listen? Or is the journey over and everything lost?
Wow. I love Gun Brooke. She has successfully merged two of my reading loves: lesfic and sci-fi. This is the second volume of her second sci-fi series, and I will only say again, wow. This series has not only sci-fi, but also genetic mutation that has resulted in paranormal abilities manifested by those who have been “changed.” This is the basis for the population of the home world leaving to find a new world, one where stability and lives aren’t threatened by these “changers.” The first book in the series deals a lot less with this aspect of the world building, but book two has it as a central theme, as one of the main characters has slipped her changer sister aboard the changer-free vessel.
The world building is impressive, the characters drag you into their world, making you care about them and the problems they face. There is a saboteur aboard the ship, and he’s trying to destabilize the government. Our two main characters are initially thrown together by one of these incidents, and become friends because of it. Each has problems in their lives that preclude them from entering a romantic relationship, until secrets are revealed and suddenly their feelings for each other are exposed.
While I loved the story, Brooke has left a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book, that I, for one, would love to see answered in subsequent novels. Who is the saboteur, and can he be stopped before he endangers the colonists and their mission? What is really going on with Adina’s family? How will the populace react to Briar and her sister? And please, what is going on between Caya and the President? Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Gun Brooke resides in the countryside in Sweden with her very patient family. A retired neonatal intensive care nurse, she now writes full time, only rarely taking a break to create web sites for herself or others and to do computer graphics. Gun writes both romances and sci-fi. She is the recipient of the 2009 Alice B. Medal for “body of work.”