DISCLAIMER: I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Angry Robot
Padma Mehta is a union recruiter and has been tasked with the job of recruiting 500 "breachers" - people who have had enough of working for The Big Three corporations and decide to run away. She is only 37 people away from hitting that mark and walking into a sweet, rum-filled retirement when she hears from Vytai Bloombeck of 40 breachers who are set to make landfall that day. Unfortunately, all is not as it appears as she finds herself entangled and on the run for murder. And it certainly doesn't help matters when she discovers that her planet's only export, cane sugar, has been contaminated rendering it all useless and causing her dreams of owning a distillery to seem more and more unlikely.
Have you ever read a book that you had absolutely no idea what the story line was even after reading the back of the book? That was me when I picked up Windswept but I sure am glad I stuck around. Written more like an non-stop, no holds barred movie than a book, Windswept is filled with fast-pace action, hilarious characters, and incredible situations that keep the reader guessing until the very end.
The big draw of this book for me was its sci-fi aspects but honestly it reads more like a mystery novel set in a sci-fi universe. Don't get me wrong, the technology and back story are all very sci-fi laden, but I felt myself wanting to solve the mystery! Who set Padma up for murder? Who is contaminating the cane? All of these questions eventually become answered in a beautiful train-wreck of an ending.
This book literally has it all: comedy, drama, action, and sci-fi. Rakunas does a terrific job at keeping the flow going, engaging the reader, and creating deep, relatable, funny characters, none more so than the protagonist Padma. My only drawback of this book is that it was a bit too long in my opinion, but this certainly did not deter me from finishing it, loving it, and becoming very excited for the sequel, Like A Boss, coming out soon. If you're looking for a very original sci-fi read, unlike anything you've ever picked up before, stop reading this blog (okay... read a couple more entries) and snag yourself a copy of Windswept.
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