Shades of Treason – Sandy Williams * Book Review

I got duped by the cover and the promise of a sci-fi with a strong female heroin. I was missing a Katniss. A dangerous Divergent. Something to take my mind of the insanely boring V.C. Andrews novels I keep sifting through like a kid in the discount bin.

Instead I got saddled with a mediocre sci-fi, mediocre plot with a mediocre heroin. The writing is plain as well. Here’s a snippet:

Ash focused on the small flag sewn onto the interrogator’s uniform. She’d vowed to preserve and protect the Coalition. Only a small number of people would give their lives for it. Many would like to see it ripped apart. All they needed was a reason, a conspiracy. Learning that telepaths existed and that they had infiltrated the Coalition would make them suspect everyone.

Written from the heroine’s POV, Ash, it follows her story as she gets trained up to be a soldier.

The story begins with Lt. Ramie Ashdyn being interrogated by Commander Rhys Rykus. Ash is an anomaly, a rare group of people with enhanced abilities. They represent only 2% of the known universe. Anomalies volunteer for loyalty training in which they choose to give up their free will in order to better serve The Coalition. Commander Rykus is a renowned trainer of anomalies. Ash was one of his students, the first female graduate of the program.

“Were you screwing her, Commander?” Ash let out a laugh. Rykus looked her way. She lifted a shoulder in an innocent shrug, then leaned against a tree. “Please,” she said. “Continue this testosterone-driven standoff.” Hagan took a step toward him.

“Is that why you transferred out of the anomaly program?” Rykus unslung the emergency pack from his shoulder and let it drop to the ground beside him. He curled a hand into a fist, but as much as he wanted to slam it into Hagan’s face, he wouldn’t. The war chancellor was the highest-ranked officer in the combined military. Rykus might not respect the man, but he respected the position.

“I transferred out because I don’t believe in stripping people of their free will.”

“She’s betrayed the Coalition. She obviously hasn’t been stripped.”

I continued reading to see where this plot would go and whoop! surprise! There’s a romance buddying between a boss and his subordinate. Some telepathic attacks, some plots that get discovered. Pacing is out and the sex scene, when it does come, is completely unnatural and gives the reader and awkward feeling of peeping in into something bad.  Dissatisfied with the anti-climatic ending.

This is a burn pile book.

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