Book 1 in the Severine Series
The year is 9045 and the Nations control almost everything in the universe. They have brought order to many planets and cultivated others, but behind closed doors they’ve raided and pillaged the planet’s resources for their own gain. She is one of the many children who have been ripped from their home for their selfish cause. Trained at a young age, she was developed into just what the Nations hoped to accomplish. A perfect weapon. But when control is lost and the weapon goes rogue, the Nations learn firsthand just what they’ve created and just what their weapon will do for her freedom and for a family she can never forget. He is sent to find her. Another trained and burned by the Nations, Byron Suthland is hired to find the weapon, only he doesn’t want to find her for them. He wants to find her for himself and bring back a woman, not a weapon. Knowing she can kill him instantly means nothing, but caring about her means everything.
Content Warning: Intended for 18+ Audience, may contain explicit details or scenes
“The year is 9045 and the Nations control almost everything in the universe” I am such an easy conquest of the futurist worlds created by wonderfully imaginative minds. Just that first line alone sucked me in. Then I am introduced to Severine-4597. I didn’t quite understand why the number was attached to Severine’s name. Did that mean she was the 4597th kid stolen, broken, and changed into a killer for the Nations? Because that is what she was a killer. Very good at her job, until one day and one little girl appeared in her gun’s scope. You can’t keep such a strong mind locked down. Severine as a weapon for the Nations had just broken down and they needed to terminate her. You guessed it. That did not happen, else why this book title.
Severine is a kick-ass, stone cold killer who now has a reason to kill that makes sense. Bring in Byron another of the Nations creations. His skill was as Tracker and he had been able to break away, sort of, from the Nations. He still did “contract work” for them. His job, track Severine so she could be brought back and if not reconditioned at least terminated. So as you might suspect, Byron and Severine get together in a fight that never seems to end. A fight to save as many children as they can from their horrible fate.
This world is stark and all you see are the broken and bruised children used by the Nations and a glimpse of the Directors and the irreversibly broken “weapon” of an abusive and powerful group that controls everyone. You do not see the larger world, possibly because the Nations kill everyone but the children they take from the planets they raid. And the rest of the planets and their inhabitants remain clueless to all that the Nations are.
As Severine starts to feel the connection she has with Byron, will she act on that? Acknowledge it at least? I think that there may be a love story building as well.
I think this series as it develops will continue to interest me and draw me in deeper with each new book.