Thursday, June 29, 2023

Today's read... Omitted Pieces by Stephanie Hansen

Two days ago, I posted a review for the first book in the Transformed Nexus duology, Replacement Parts.  Today, I'm actually posting about the 2nd! Not only does that mean I read the entire duology (rare for me), but I also did so within a week...which borders on a miracle. Anyway, this is a science fiction series, which shoots off into space, high-tech, high-stakes, and so much more. It's been pretty unique and fun so far, so let's see how this second book finishes the tale off.

Omitted Pieces book cover

Transformed Nexus #2
by Stephanie Hansen
YA Science Fiction



By 2164, the new Sierra is on a new planet with a new problem. The mad scientist Cromwell has kidnapped her mother and set up shop on planet Scepter. In order to save her, Sierra will need to make new friends in this place of glowing leaves and a floating capital.

Back on Vortex, Al's shut down the old facility but will he be able to make it to Scepter? What about those who made it to Earth? Can they all work together or are they closer to danger than they realize?

The amazing conclusion to the Replaced Parts duology, Omitted Pieces, explores new territory and old with dangerous compassion.
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You can read an excerpt from Omitted Pieces here


Very original twists make this a hard read to predict and one to keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the very last page.

Sierra is no longer herself, but she's not complaining since she should be dead. Dealing with a new body isn't her top problem as she's already on a new mission to save her mother...and that on a planet she knows basically nothing about. But she's not the only one facing the impossible. Al might have shut down the facility, but that's only the first step in the battle. Both as well as their friends have a long and very dangerous path ahead of them if they want to save life as they know it.

This book does take off where the first one ended - so it's not a stand-alone. The beginning already holds a very unique take on Sierra, and she finds herself in the middle of a new problem with very new circumstances. To say that there is always something happening in these pages is an understatement. The plot is well-woven and allows the intrigue and secrets to take the reader down unexpected paths. Action and tension abound, and not only for Sierra as this one is told from multiple points of view.

And there's heart. Sierra and isn't only determined to, now, save her mother, but she needs to find her friends. A building romance adds warm moments, and humor also marks dialogue and interactions at just the right time. Add original characters with unique personalities, and it's a read to enjoy.

First book in this series:
Replaced Parts book cover

You can read an excerpt from Replaced Parts (Transformed Nexus #1) here

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About the Author:
Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind's Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers' conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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