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An underground city. A deadly project. And an Intelligence agent who can help Jossey take down the City…if she can trust him again.
Jossey grew up believing the Onlar, creatures of the aboveground, were monsters. But when they kidnapped her, she found out terrible secrets about her city and her family. Her choice to help the Onlar against the City almost cost her her life. And the Intelligence agent she’d thought was her friend was the one tasked with carrying out her execution.
But he didn’t quite succeed.
Now Jossey, barely alive, has been sent to the Onlar by a mysterious figure from the City. And time is of the essence – her solar network project could mean disaster not only for the Onlar, but for thousands of citizens as well. She can’t do much from the Onlar camp, but Gavin, Jossey’s Patrol leader and longtime friend, isn’t convinced she’s dead. And Patrol has started to learn the truth.
As tentative alliances form, Jossey begins to think this might be easier than she’d thought. But a terrible miscalculation has been made, one that may cost her and her friends both the City and their lives. Can she see it before it’s too late?
Aestus is an adult dystopian science-fiction series set centuries after climate change has ravaged much of Earth. An epic story of vengeance, power, shifting loyalties, and survival that looks at just how far people will go to protect what they love, brought to you by science writer S.Z. Attwell, Aestus paints a picture of a world in which far too little has changed.
Aestus Book 2: The Colony by S.Z. Attwell
Attwell certainly shines once again in this sequel to the first Aestus book. Her ability to intertwine an edge-of-your-seat plot with perfectly believable characters in a future world made up from an idea of Earth in a post-climate change dystopia surpasses any other author’s work I’ve read this year.
Attwell’s books are tomes, with the first book weighing in at nearly 700 pages and this book clocking in at 550. However, don’t let the page count intimidate you. These books are so well written that I’m willing to bet a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee that you’ll finish the book in a matter of days rather than weeks/months.
Have you heard the term “un-put-downable”? Following this blog post, I’m going to email Webster’s dictionary to petition them to have the word added to their dictionary and place photos of the Aestus books directly next to the definition. Trust me – this series is a must-read for all fans of science fiction, but especially for those fans of Dune, The Stand by Stephen King, and Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey.
ATTN: There are many talented book reviewers that write brilliant reviews without spoiling the content of the source material. I am not one of those individuals 🙂
The Colony, book two of author S.Z. Attwell’s Aestus series picks up straight off where the first book ended. Read primarily from the perspective of the strong female protagonist, Jossey, we are once again thrust into the world beyond the City and learn who the Onlar truly are. In my review of the first book, The City, I compared the series to Frank Herbert’s Dune series. I maintain my comparison throughout book two – not only in its likeness to the harsh conditions and dueling factions but also in the author’s brilliant world development and character building.
If you recall the ending of The City, Jossey’s love interest (or rather, one of her love interests) Caspar violently stabs her to presumably maintain his cover in the City. Similar to the transition from the original Halloween movie to Halloween 2, readers experience a gapless continuation in the story.
The Colony explores the lives of the Onlar. Similar to the Freemen of Arakis in Dune, they live in the harsh conditions of the planet’s surface, led by Jossey’s elder brother Tark. Jossey’s grave injury mends under the care of Tark’s people and she’s slowly accepted into the colony. The primary plot involves the discourse between the Onlar and the City. The leaders in charge of the City spread falsehoods about the Onlar, making them out as a type of alien villain set on destroying the human race. The Colony slowly peels back the veil and the truth gets revealed. Ultimately, the story culminates into an epic clash between the Onlar, Karapartei, and the City’s Patrol force.
Meanwhile, Jossey finds herself in the middle of a love
triangle square – with Caspar Savas, Gavin, and Altan of the Onlar all vying for her affection.
Who will win the ultimate battle of survival? Who will win Jossey’s heart?
You’ll have to read Aestus Book 2: The Colony to find out!
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