5 Stars - KAPOW!
The world that Aleks has created is believable without being boggling; and I thought that the characters were charming. Some of my favourite reads this year have been by Voinov – Country Mouse, Dark Soul and I was late to the “party” with Special Forces; this offering by Voinov doesn’t disappoint – AND I read one of his books without crying!! Who knew that was in fact possible? I loved Grimm straight away. His flirtiness, and the utter certainty that he could make Kyle respond to him, despite the “slab of dead meat.” Seriously, who could say no to someone with that much swagger? I adore swagger! But he also just seems to be a nice guy. I loved the element of shades of grey within the book – no not THAT shade of grey …. but nothing is as it appears. One man’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter – and the most amazing technological breakthroughs can save lives or end lives – it all depends on the hand that wields the power. Nothing is as it seems.
All Kyle has ever wanted was to blend in – that was a big part of the reason he joined the military – to get lost in the whole. Even when he thinks about being able to get cybernetic legs his first thought is that he wouldn’t stand out anymore if only he could walk smoothly. I loved how the psyche of the shape shifter had Kyle thinking differently about his whole life – and the attitudes that had shaped him thus far; the anger, the drive and discipline, and then the anger and resentment – but while the shape shifters can take on any physical form, their inner being remains intact; as Voinov wrote – the exterior changes are like parlour tricks. But the ability and the freedom to completely own whoever existed underneath the skin – irrelevant of the outer packaging. That was power. That was freedom. That was brilliant. Go. Buy the book!
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