Betrayed by her own mother, outcast Regina Shen has been trying to free her sister. Instead, she becomes a pawn in the World Federation’s struggle for power and succession.
Worldwide fertility has collapsed and the World Premier is dying, leading to a crisis of leadership. Battle lines are forming and Regina holds the keys to resolving the fertility crisis with her genome and elevating whoever can capture and control her into positions of power. Using her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal books, she also holds the key to locating ancient artifacts that could save or destroy the Federation. In holding these keys, Regina should be treated as a queen, but outcasts aren’t even allowed to become citizens.
Having survived the swamps, deserts, and wilderness, Regina continues to try to barter for freedom for her and her sister, but the stakes are too high. Federation agents hound Regina to uncover ancient artifacts and serve herself up as a lab specimen to prevent human extinction. The disgraced Inspector Joanne Demarco pretends to be Regina’s ally to get her to deliver the location of ancient DNA vaults that could change the balance of power. Meanwhile, ruthless rivals are willing to do anything to destroy Demarco and control Regina.
Regina’s new journey will test her endurance, her ability to recognize opportunities, and her knack for avoiding capture. She will also face a tragedy and a strange twist of destiny that will shake her to her core and get her to question everything. Will she be able to overcome adversity or will she descend down an even more dangerous path?
(I received this book free from the author in exchange for my honest review. )
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This installment had me consumed. I couldn’t put it down.
The track across the wasteland to save her sister, her resolve to never back down has my heart in knots. Regina has turned into the hero I have always dreamed of. She knows her goal, her mission and she will let nothing stop her.
During her track, she meets with new friends, old friends and foes alike.
She is face with some very real and difficult choices, some I don’t know if I could make. This set her apart and makes this story exhilarating. I’m invested in not only Regina but in this world that Lance Erlick has created. The world building is like noting I have read this year. Descriptive, lush and creative. Mr. Erlick has a way of showing you the world that has gone to hell and making you feel for that dying world in a way that makes my heart ache. He take time with each character, making them memorable.
This fourth installment is by far my fav and I can’t wait to read more. I have to know, no, I need to know.
As I have said for the other three books, I highly recommend this series. This is a hidden gem, you will not be disappointed.
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Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.
In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.
Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.