Ted Nolan <tednolan>
2020-03-21 20:09:11 UTC
I encountered Rosier with his "Dark Dungeon" series, which was a new
concept for me: The sentient D&D dungeon. I thought it was a bit rough,
Amazon pushed a number of his other books at me, but this was the first
one that sounded up my alley.
Lori Adams is a 19 year old assassin essentially owned by the US
government. Genetically engineered to excel at her job, she never
misses and never argues. Despite being raised by government
scientists and being regarded as a servile asset, she has gradually
attained a certain amount of independence with her own apartment
and freedom during her downtimes and she has long term plans to
drop off the grid and vanish if she can ever find or manufacture a
supply of the medicine that controls the seizures her genetic
modifications leave her subject to.
All that goes by the boards when she is kidnapped by aliens.
Waking on board a space ship she finds she has had a mostly sentient
AI implanted in her mind and medical nanobots in her body. The AI
explains that she is now a slave, and the long term prospects of
her being able to buy her freedom with 300 years of work, if she
doesn't go crazy first. Then, barely having adjusted to her new
situation, things take *another* turn, and her freedom, and possibly
the family she never had might be in her reach at last..
This book reminds me a good bit of Niall Teasdale's Aneka Jansen
books, except Lori doesn't wake up thousands of years in the future
and in a robot body. Both heroines though have to cope with different
cultures, find a place in the universe, and have lots of sex. Although
Aneka doesn't have sex with anyone she doesn't like, Rosier hews to
the same theme of his dungeon books in that all of the sex is part of
a committed (possibly poly) relationship, or the building thereof.
Lori is an engaging first person narrator, and the semi-socialist,
semi-wild-west-capitalist society she finds herself in, along with
its political quirks is interesting enough that I will be picking up
the next book.