Saturday, June 24, 2023

Today's read... Replaced Parts by Stephanie Hansen

 Today's read is the first in a two-part post for a science fiction series, which caught my attention, since it swings in a more traditional sci-fi direction. It's been awhile since I've read a series based on galactic adventures between planets, various life forms, and high-tech travel. So, I'm hoping this one will be pretty fun and exciting.

It's time to put on those space uniforms and jet out into the galaxies and beyond!

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Transformed Nexus #1
by Stephanie Hansen
YA Science Fiction


In the year 2163 a corrupt World Government controls everything on our planet and beyond.

Sixteen year-old Sierra has been so caught up in her own world of saving animal test subjects and her father’s disappearance, she hasn’t paid much attention. When she finally finds his location, she and her friend set off on a covert interplanetary mission to rescue him, she begins to see the corruption first hand.

Discovering that her father has been on the front lines secretly trying to save human test subjects inspires her to join a revolution. But she is afraid of the collateral damage of hurting the people she loves. Will she find the strength to make a deal with the mad scientist Cromwell to save not just her friends and family but everyone?

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You can read an excerpt from Replaced Parts here


Snuggling up between a sci-fi adventure, dystopian tones, and thriller intrigue, this read embraces the imagination while putting the reader on the edge of their seat more than a few times.

Sierra is full-throttle into her science experiments, which will hopefully help her along to her chosen career, but when she stumbles across a message from her missing father, her life takes a drastic turn. Determined to find him, she uses her talents in high-tech to manipulate her identity, sneaks out without her mother's knowledge, and heads off planet, where she hopes to find more clues. Not only has she never been away from her home, but what she discovers outside her known bubble is more than she ever expected. When she does find her father, she realizes her life, thanks to the government, has been a lie. Now, that she knows how awful things truly are, she's more than ready to fight for what's right.

At only around 230 pages, this is a short, scifi read, and considering how packed with action it is, it's a very quick one, too.  The first pages nose-dive right into Sierra's world. It's extremely futuristic, and the author takes the time to reveal Sierra's everyday life and surroundings before heading off into space. It reminded me a little bit of the high-tech fun found in the 1960's cartoon series, The Jetsons...but obviously, on a more serious note. This world-building with all of its details continues through the entire read and creates a true scifi realm with even the belonging jargon found in the characters' dialogue and thoughts. It creates a rich world.

The plot holds just as much thought. Sierra's surrounded with secrets and intrigue, and she has a lot to dig through to discover the truth. Not only is she battling against the lies of the government, but family and friendships add to the mix. It creates depth, adds heart, and still lets the action flow. There's never a dull moment as surprises always await and new challenges appear. None of it is too extreme, either, keeping the read in the solid young adult range. 

As the first book in the series, it lays all the groundwork and more. I did find the concentration on the high-tech descriptions a little much, at times, and had to pause once or twice due to beginning confusion, but all in all, it was a fun read, and I am looking forward to seeing where book two takes Sierra next.

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And here she is...

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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