Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller

Goodreads blurb

The Ambasadora-verse...a new futuristic romance series.

If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza and Sean Cryer are.

Sara is part of the Embassy's plan. Captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason, she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

My Review

Ambasadora by Heidi Ruby Miller is the first sci fi romance I've read and I was pleasantly surprised.  Set in a future world where love is considered an emotional fallacy and society is based on a polygamous caste system, where continuing the family line is everything and having an unpolluted genetic pool is considered the epitome of success, to the point that anyone unable to have children is 'shamed' and encouraged to commit voluntary suicide.

All the characters are well written and easy to relate to, so much so that it's not easy to hate the villain.  Sara is an wonderful character, she is practical and so much stronger than she considers herself.  She adapts to the most difficult situations, but fights against what she is forced to do every step of the way.

Sean, I had trouble relating to in the beginning, he seemed jaded and apathetic but once he and Sara meet, you see a different side to him.  He is protective and understanding towards Sara but has a dark, dangerous side he hides well.

The action kicked off straight away but lost it's momentum after the first few chapters, in my opinion.  But not for long, the pace picked up and resolved to a satisfying end.  The world building is amazingly vivid and the science wasn't too difficult to understand, the romance isn't corny or ostentatious - Sara and Sean's relationship develops naturally as they get to know and trust each other.

All in all, Ambasadora is an enjoyable read which will appeal to everyone.

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