Review: Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik
4 Stars , Reviews / September 30, 2019

Aurora Blazing was another intergalactic adventure with a strong female protagonist, Bianca, who is mastermind hacker with some serious computing skills. Another girl after my own heart like her sister, Ada from Polaris Rising, but in different ways. I mentioned her tech skills, but her strengths definitely don’t end there. She finds ways to gain an advantage by knowing as much as she can, and as many secrets as she can gather and hold on to until she finds an advantageous way to use them. Aurora Blazing is the second in a trilogy but follows a different set of characters from the first book. For those that missed the first one, I think this book probably could be read out of order as the main storyline will work independent of the first book. However, I would highly recommend reading Polaris Rising before this. There are secondary characters in this book that were main characters in the first book (and the characters in this one were secondary in the first), so there are spoilers for the first book if you read them out of order. Plus, even though I did enjoy this one, I think I enjoyed Polaris Rising a bit…

Review: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie
2.5 Stars , Reviews / September 9, 2019

Leckie’s previous series had a polarizing effect for her readers. The perspective and narrative was original and unlike anything I had read before. It told the story from the perspective of not just an AI, but a hive-mind AI. There was also a non-genderization element that, for me, really highlighted how hard wired my brain is to want to know gender. It was interesting to me. I think it was very well executed, but unusual enough that while some loved it, others, well, not so much. I personally loved it, I appreciated the risks she took in telling her story. I could understand other reader’s concerns, they just were more positives for me. In The Raven Tower, Leckie again took risks and presented a unique reading experience in terms of narrative style. I assumed that with this book, I would again fall into the set of readers that love it. Unfortunately that was not the case. In this book, readers get the point of view from, of all things, a rock. It turns out the rock is more than just a rock, it is actually a god. But since this god is inhabiting the form of a rock, it is…