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Review: Cagebird by Karin Lowachee (Warchild Universe #3)

 Cagebird by Karin Lowachee (Warchild series #3)

From the back of the book

At age four, Yuri Kirov watched his home colony destroyed by the alien enemy.  By six, he was a wounded soul, fending for himself in a desolate refugee camp, and still a child when the pirates found him.  Now twenty-two, Yuri is a killer, a spy, an arms dealer, and a pirate captain himself – doing life in prison.  That is until EarthHub Black Ops agents decide to make Yuri their secret weapon in a covert interstellar power grab.  Released from jail, but put on a leash by the government, Yuri is more trapped than ever.  Controlled by men even more ruthless than the brigands he’s ordered to betray, Yuri is back again in deep space where his survival depends on a dangerous act: trusting a stranger’s offer to help…

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Yes

How I got it: Bought

I Really Don’t Recommend Reading This Unless You’ve Read The Previous Books In The Series

Review: Burndive by Karin Lowachee (Warchild Universe #2)

Burndive by Karin Lowachee  (Warchild Universe #2)

From the back of the book

The son of an infamous starship captain, the grandson of a diplomat admiral, and his home station’s “Hot #1 Bachelor,” Ryan Azarcon lives in a fishbowl.  After witnessing a horrific terrorist bombing of his grandfather’s embassy, Ryan’s grief-stricken face is plastered all over the net.  Now, a year later, he is still plagued by nightmares of bloody destruction that make him desperate to escape his family, the relentless media, and his memories.  When his distant and domineering father takes controversial action in the long, depleting interstellar conflict, Ryan is targeted by assassins.  Forced to confront the violence, he begins to question everything he thought he knew about the war and his father.  He will realize that the enemy is not who he thinks and uncover a secret that may destroy any hope of peace…

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Definitely

How I got it: Bought

If You Haven’t Read Warchild Already, Click At Your Own Risk.

Review: Warchild by Karin Lowachee

Warchild by Karin Lowachee  (Warchild series #1)

From the back of the book

The merchant ship Mukudori encompasses the whole of eight-year-old Jos’s world, until a notorious pirate destroys the ship, slaughters the adults, and enslaves the children.  Thus begins a desperate odyssey of terror and escape that takes Jos beyond known space to the homeworld of the strits, Earth’s alien enemies.  To survive, the boy must become a living weapon and a master spy.  But no training will protect Jos in a war where every hope might be a deadly lie, and every friendship might hide a lethal betrayal.  And all the while he will face the most grueling trial of his life…becoming his own man.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Bookshelf: Definitely

How I got it: Bought


I first heard of this from CalicoReaction’s blog.  I’ve read some really amazing things based on her reviews, and since the review of this series was so glowing, I decided to give it a shot. Frakking awesome.  Warchild is the beginning of a series, but the series set up is a little differently.  Each book follows one young man, but they all happen in the same world and in nearly the same time frame.  It’s three different points of view of the same major events.  Warchild follows Jos Musey (who’s my favorite of the three!).  The events that Jos faces are so harsh, and it’s interesting to see how he reacts and handles them.  It reminded me a little of Ender’s Game, but only very slightly; not enough to say that “if you liked Ender’s Game, you’ll definitely enjoy this.” It’s the same type of story since it’s about a boy that’s growing up in a war-torn universe and has to figure out his role. But that’s where the similarity ends. It’s a broad plot generalization, but the authors have very different views on how the characters should end up. Warchild is very gritty and quite dark as some points.  I do want to express a word of caution for those concerned with certain subject matters.  Potential sexual abuse of children is a topic often brought up throughout the book.  It shocked me and made me a little uneasy the first time I read it, but it didn’t keep me from falling in love with this book.  If you like space opera, military sci-fi, heck, I guess even Ender’s Game you may want to check this out.  Definitely find a used copy of this or even check the library because $20 for a mass market paperback is just ridiculous.

NB – I received a Nook for Christmas, and while searching around to see what books are available, I found both Warchild and Burndive available on bn.com at reasonable prices. Yay!! If you have a Nook, or the Nook app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or even your computer, then it’s now easier for you to enjoy the awesomeness that is the Warchild series. Unfortunately as of right now (1/12/11) only Warchild is available on the Kindle.