Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers

Publication: 11-2-15
Series: Solum #1
Rating: 3 1/2 Cherries


Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor.

When the E’mani—those pale alien freaks—destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them.

Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost—the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin—he of the hot hands and slit eyes.

But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back—dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.

This was a pretty quick science fictionish read.  Why do I say it's just science fictionish you might be asking.  Well I am going to tell you :)  Beta (our heroine) literally falls from the sky to an unfamiliar planet inhabited by a host of alien races.  If you closed your eyes and tried to imagine the place she was based on the book description it kinda sounds like a Technicolor earth. The two main alien races the Fost and the E'mani are locked in an ancient battle of good vs evil.  Beta has escaped the E'mani who brought her from earth and imprisoned her.  So of course when she stumbles upon the Fost wearing the enemies clothing and having no memory of how she got there they are suspicious of her.  The Fost are described as being very human like with longer more graceful limbs and strange eyes.  The similarities do not end there.  For whatever reason Beta can understand their language and within a short time can understand their writing as well.  I guess this is just a manifestation of the "magic" that Beta gains from the planet.  She is also almost immediately singled out as a potential mate for not one but two high ranking officials of the Fost.  So it shouldn't be a surprise when Beta jumps in bed with one of the guys at first and then the other later on in the book.  While they are aliens they have very human characteristics, customs and mating.  They also speak and relate to her in a manner that is very human.  I really just imagined this like any other romance novel with a sprinkling of Sci Fi here and there.  Overall I would say this was an enjoyable and fairly quick read.  If you are looking for something that is way out there in the left field of Sci Fi land than this is not the book for you!  But if you are just looking to dip your toes in the kiddy pool of Sci Fi then this is your read.

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