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The Key of Astrea


Loved it! 😍

This is an exciting tale of saving an alien race from slavery and the universe from TYRanny is also a great coming-of-age story.

With elements of fantasy and science fiction, adventure and romance, The Key of Astrea is one of the most entertaining stories I’ve read in a long time, keeping me reading way late into the evening. The story is fast-paced covering a lot of ground, literally planets and parallel universes, in a short span of time.

A number of great characters populate its pages. At the start of the story, Jenny Tripper is barely keeping it together, and with good reason. She’s an outsider at school, there’s a ghost only she can see as her constant companion, her 17th birthday is coming up, and her mother, at the end stages of cancer, has come home for her final days. She needs help; she gets a puzzle.

Coming from the other side of the story is Jack Spriggan who is also just barely scraping by. Previously, in his home star system of Balt, Jack had been an accomplished space fighter pilot but when the First Galactic War was over Balt had been required to dismantle their space fleet, and Jack found himself without his career. Now, in a small workshop on Lan Station, he keeps a roof over his head and food on the table by repairing anything mechanical that come his way. I liked seeing him change over the course of this story coming from this vague existence to getting back his confidence and swagger.

In addition, there are a host of other good guys, bad guys, and some you're just not quite sure of at times, and used to build a really good, satisfying story.

Besides the excitement of saving the Selkans, the runaway aliens, this is also a coming-of-age story for Jenny and some of her fellow recruits at Cabin, Inc., as they come to terms with their special gifts which, back home, had all been seen as handicaps, mental illnesses. Jenny deals with the loss of her mother and secret discoveries about her own past. A teaser or two at the end, hopefully, open up the possibility for a sequel. I give this one four of five stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy young adult science fiction/fantasy stories.

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About the author

Nicholas Marson is a Portland, Oregon native, where he raced outrigger canoes and grew to love coffee. He's two meters tall, and once lived in a tiny house. He is an older brother to two siblings, a husband to an incredible wife, and a father to a princess in training. view profile

Published on November 03, 2019

140000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Science Fiction

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