Tuesday, March 25, 2014

No Refuge by Annie Nicholas

Hunted to near extinction by an alien race called the Ko, my people have run from Earth and drifted so far among the stars we can’t remember the way back. We live everywhere, but call nowhere home. The Ko want us erased from existence and memory. They don’t even want our DNA in the space dust. Humans disguise themselves as other alien species and hide in plain sight. It’s the only way we can survive.

I believe in the myth of Earth. I’ve even discovered a bona fide book written in the dead language of my people. My man, Brody, dreams of a secret human colony. He’s searched for years, hunting any rumor we’ve run across, and finally he’s made contact. Usually, he’s the one grounding me to station and keeping my head out of the atmosphere. Time for me to return the favor…that is, if I can ditch the Ko who’ve discovered me, thanks to my incessant artifact-hunting. If we don’t make our rendezvous, and the Ko don’t kill me, Brody just might…

CONTENT WARNING: Aliens, cargo ships, and a fast paced race against all odds.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***

Overall rating:  Rockin' ★ 

Lucy and Brody have a major problem, they are human and their species has been hunted to the point of extinction by a race called the Ko.  In order to stay hidden from the Ko they must disguise themselves as another race. Lucy and Brody travel as Jurranians.
The Ko wanted us erased from existence and memory.  Some said they didn’t want human DNA in the space dust.
The Ko had destroyed our home planet Earth.  We have become a vagabond race, scattered throughout the known universe.  Always hiding, afraid of being discovered and put to death by the Ko and their allies. 
Living on the run since the day we were born had toughened my race over the centuries.  We lived everywhere, yet nowhere was home. At a moment’s notice, all could be lost.  We loved hard and fought dirty.  We’d become survivalists.
All surviving humans are searching for a hidden colony of survivors!  Brody uncovers a possible source that will lead them to this hidden colony. 
“There’s something you ought to know.   A Ko got ahold of me earlier in the bowels of the station and I kicked his helmet off.  He hit me hard.” I pointed to my split lip. “I spat my blood in his face.”  “I took a shaky breath as the words spilled out of me.  Who knew how important this information could be? But other humans needed to know.  “My blood burned his flesh.  I watched it melt his skin.”
Could human blood be the answer?  The reason the Ko have hunted humans.  Will Lucy and Brody find a safe harbor? Can they find a place where they can live unafraid and have a family? 
I took a deep breath.  “We’re not dreaming.”
He glanced over his shoulder at me. “I want to meet the human Lucille.”
Hero – Brody: 3 stars
Heroine –Lucy: 3 stars
Steam: 2.5 stars 
Plot: 3 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes
Would I recommend this book: Yes! If you are looking for a story of survival and how two humans find home this book is for you.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes! The author has a vivid imagination and is creative in the development of the story line.

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