I’ve read very few Sci-fi so my bases of comparison is limited. However, collectively I did enough this group of charaters and though they worked well together. Because we really did’t get much of a back story on any of them, I found it hard to form a bond. Zed, I got. Flick, I understood he was a POW and really bad stuff happened but because we never got that info it was hard for me to understand him.
“You’re not real. Felix Ingesson is dead.”
The war with the alien stin is over, but Felix Ingesson has given up on seeing his lover, Zander Anatolius, ever again. Zander’s military file is sealed tighter than an airlock. A former prisoner of war, Felix is attempting a much quieter life keeping his ship, the Chaos, aloft. He almost succeeds, until Zander walks on board and insists that Felix isn’t real.A retired, broken super soldier, Zander is reeling from the aftereffects of his experimental training and wants nothing more than to disappear and wait for insanity to claim him. Then he sees footage of a friend and ally—a super soldier like him—murdering an entire security squad with her bare hands and a cold, dead look in her eyes. He never expected to find Felix, the man he’d thought dead for years, on the ship he hired to track her down.Working with Felix to rescue his teammate is a dream come true…and a nightmare. Zander has no exit strategy that will leave Felix unscathed—or his own heart unbroken.
Story line, lots going on and in my copy seemed a little choppy. (sometimes i’m not sure because we get ARC if it’s the finally one or not)
I liked the fact that even with the years apart, and the captain not knowing them, a friend needed saving and that was that. Although I’m sure the money helped. We had a couple of different story lines going on a once so really have to pay attention but the authors does a nice job tying it altogether at the end.
All they can do is live day to day…Felix Ingesson has returned to his duties as the Chaos’s engineer with Zander Anatolius, his ex-boyfriend-turned-broken-super-soldier, at his side. Hope means something again. But there’s nothing Felix can do to battle the alien poison flowing through Zander’s veins, or his imminent mental decline. With each passing day, the side effects of Zander’s experimental training are becoming more difficult to ignore.When the ruthless Agrius Cartel seeks their revenge—including an ambush and an attempt to kidnap the Chaos’s crew—Zander is pushed over the edge. He can no longer hide his symptoms, nor does he want to. But hurting Felix when he’s not in control of himself is Zander’s worst nightmare—when it nearly happens, he agrees to seek help. Even if that means trusting the unknown.As Zander places his life in alien hands, Felix appoints himself his lover’s keeper. And though he tries to be strong, he can’t ignore the fact that he might lose Zander…forever this time.
This is book two and should be read in order.
My first thoughts while reading the first few chapters is they killed the head of the cartel in the last book, everyone scattered why is this still an issue? But as you get further along into the story it’s explained why and its a pretty good plot twist.
The other story is, about Zed’s health. The decline of his memory, the fact that everyone wants to fix him but him. Building and rebuilding the connecting with Flick and the family he left behind. You can feel the worry that not just Flick has but everyone has for Zed. The tiredness and hopelessness Zed feels. And finally the hope once they do get the planet and start the treatment. The detail of what they are doing, the hospital sites, sounds,surrounding all make for an intense ride along with Zed as he makes one last ditch effort to rid his body of this poison.