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Sunday, 25 April 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Mara's Awakening by Leo Flynn

Mara's Awakening
Book Series: The Mara Files
Author: Leo Flynn
Genre: Sci-Fi / Space Opera / Short Story
Publication Date: 31st March 2021

Book Description:
Mara Keres. A trained warrior and former highly respected peacekeeper. Note "former." Once, she had her life under control. Once, she had the trust of the galaxy.

Now she rots in the same prison she used to sentence people to. Solitary confinement for six years. Would've brought anyone else to their knees. Not her. Then an offer resurfaces, almost too good to be true.

Ghosts of her past and demons come back to haunt her.

Will she ever make it out alive?

Sometimes, facing your worst memories is worth the risk.

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MY REVIEW

Mara has been imprisoned for 6 years and has just been released from solitary confinement. Wrongly imprisoned for trying to stop a corrupt organisation, she meets Mallory, a fellow inmate, who needs Mara's help to escape the prison; but is there more to offer of a chance at a new start than meets the eye?

As soon as the story started I got the vibe of Terminator: Judgement Day. Mara put me in the mind of Sarah Connor in her prison cell, preparing for war. I haven't read many space operas, but this one was right up my street. Although it was a short story, I got enough character and plot to engage with the story. Yes, there is a lot more that needs unravelling, but there was enough depth and intrigue to keep me glued to the end. Mara is a very likeable character, and she's extremely badass. I liked her attitude and how she carried herself. She's definitely not one to mess with or underestimate.

There's definitely a lot of potential here for a great story. I would say it needs some editing as there were grammatical errors that interrupted an otherwise smooth transition. I did find it a little distracting. All the same, this was a fun and adventurous story, and I'm definitely keen on finding out where Mara goes from here.

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Rating: 4 Star
Source: Author

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