Book Review: Athena’s Ashes, Jamie Grey

Good morning friends! Today’s review features the second book in one of my favorite series ever from author Jamie Grey! You can refresh your memory of my review for the first book here, and then dive into the goodness below:

The Book:

athenaIt’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastating assault on MYTH HQ that leaves their defenses crippled and hundreds dead.

Now that MYTH believes she’s a dangerous double-agent, Renna escapes their firing squad before they put more holes in her than a pair of fishnet stockings. But the ticking time-bomb in her head is the one thing Pallas needs to complete his master plan and he’s not about to let her get away. Even worse, he’s discovered the only thing that will bring Renna to her knees – threatening Captain Nick Finn.

Out of time and options, Renna’s got one shot to take down the traitor before he annihilates everything she loves, even though winning this battle may cost her everything.

My Review:

My goodness, you guys. You may or may not remember back when I reviewed the first book in this series I said I was amazed at how much I loved it, because a) I don’t love reading on my ipad as much as I love reading paper copies and b) I’ve never been so much of a sci-fi/space opera type person but if the first one was amazing this is something out of this world! (see what I did there?) Here’s why: I really enjoy Renna as a main character. She’s a fascinating mix of stubborness, determination to be hard, and fragility. She’s terrified to trust, sometimes makes terrible choices about independence versus working with others, and not the least bit afraid of aggression, but also owns up to her mistakes and tries to make things right. She’s willing to go the distance for those she loves, and so very human in her perceptions, and misperceptions, about those people. I think she’s a very honest and well-developed character and because she’s so easy to relate to, she grounds the whole fantastic adventure. I think she captures New Adult as it should be, rife with imperfections but all the more triumphant because of it.
The fact that I love Renna so much doesn’t mean I don’t adore the world-building in these books too. Everything from the technology to the peoples and cultures to the planets is so well developed and neatly inserted into the story that nothing seems unbelievable and the reader doesn’t get lost in all the new things. No info dumping drags the story down, so the pacing is excellent, and with a cast of wonderful supporting characters and a villain I wanted to both strangle and stab, ATHENA’S ASHES is definitely on my Top Summer Reads list.

About the Author:

greyJamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at http://www.jamiegreybooks.com, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.

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