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Sunday, 18 July 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Mara's Choice by Leo Flynn

Mara's Choice
Book Series: The Mara Files, Book 2
Author: Leo Flynn
Genre: Sci-Fi / Space Opera / Short Story
Publication Date: 6th April 2021

Book Description:
After six years, Mara is back. She did it, escaped from prison. She's free. Why does she feel so... empty?

Reeling from the events of recent days, she blunders around her brain in a fog, with only three objectives in mind. Survive. Don't get captured. Stay out of trouble.

But with bounty hunters at every shady haunt, Kottura hot on her heels, and Ishali harping on about righteous quests and helping the galaxy... it's going to be a lot harder than she anticipated.

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MY REVIEW

Escaping prison should have been the hard part, but now a fugitive on the run, Mara learns that life on the run comes with more responsibility than being in captivity. With her archnemesis, Kottura, determined to destroy her and a major attack on the galaxy on the rise, Mara realises that it's not only her life on the line. Her only objective is to stay alive and that means staying under the radar. Will she be able to turn her back on her new-found companions and leave a galaxy at the mercy of enemy forces?

The first instalment of this series was a nice introduction to Mara and her quest to escape prison. This sequel takes the readers on a journey of survival and friendship. Mara continues to prove herself to be a brave warrior, however, according to her travel companion, Ishali, some of her choices appear to be somewhat short of compassion. As much as Mara wants to convince herself that she cares only for herself, her actions soon start to prove otherwise. Has she been away from society for too long to put others before herself or is there still some humanity deep within her core?

This was an enjoyable read. The readers are provided with a little more insight into Mara's background and the toxic history between her and Kottura. At times, I found the story lacking in descriptive information, and as such, it was hard to paint a picture of the scene and surroundings and the general ambiance overall. The identification of characters was also somewhat lacking in places, particularly the opening scenes. Apart from that, I found the story to be enjoyable and fast paced. I'm still rooting for Mara and Ishali, who are both likeable and very different in nature.

A good read overall.

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Rating: 4 Star
Source: Author

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