Under the supertech Coalition government, Fortune’s colonists are enslaved to harvest the highly valuable brain-enhancing drug Yolk, often losing their sanity and lives in the process. The population is dying off and the planet is becoming a police state whose only purpose is to harvest Yolk. But a revolution is in the air, fueled by an unlikely band of rebels:
Anna Landborn, a brilliant, sociopathic child, and her quiet, lethally gifted sister, Magali;
Runaway Joel, a virtuous military pilot turned tormented smuggler;
Milar Whitecliff, a tattooed, chess-playing fugitive full of hatred and heart;
Doberman, a simple robot in the throes of a startling transformation;
and Tatiana Eyre, a captured Coalition soldier torn between loyalty and love.
As their paths and fates collide, the battle to spark a full-scale uprising is violently challenged by the Nephyrs, the government’s elite army of sadistic, near-indestructible cyborgs. But the prophecies of a mad soothsayer have foretold the coming of a hero destined to turn the tide—and the fight for freedom is just beginning.
Revised edition: Previously published as Outer Bounds: Fortune's Rising, this edition of Fortune's Rising includes editorial revisions.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book really impressed me, though it started a bit slow and confused the heck out of me with cyborgs, Nephyrs, shriekers, and the Wide. I get that authors don't want to do a big exposition dump at the beginning, but it too way to long to get all these terms sorted out. However, once it got going I really enjoyed the story. The longer it went on, the more I enjoyed it because the more of the amazing world I got to see. It's just too bad the author didn't tease more of this great world-building up front. My favorite part of the book wasn't even in the story, it was the novella at the end about Anna. Wow, that really answered a lot of questions and teased a ton of world-building that we had never seen before. I also really enjoyed the characters in this story, they are all very unique and add a lot of depth and suspense to the story. I highly recommend this book and suggest that you start reading it now!
However, I need to comment about Tatiana, the character who...
I am an avid reader averaging a book every week or so. I read all genres but Sci-fi is my favorite of all. I really enjoyed the Zero series by Sara King but for some reason Outer Bounds never got on my radar. When I did finally pick it up I was drawn right into the authors amazing stories and characters once again. A futuristic story of oppression set in a human universe replete with aliens, cyborgs, sentient starships, weapons galore and time travel. Her character development is simply amazing. Not to give away anything but she will make you hate a child and fall in love with a robot unless of course you are a sociopath! I enjoyed this so much that I am writing this review after I finished Fortune's Folly (Outer Bounds Book 2) 2nd book in the series which is even better. Well done Sara King!
Wow. Just wow.
I'm not usually one to write reviews about books, if only because I read so many of them, but this one deserved a few words. I read the entire thing in one sitting. The entire book from cover to cover, in the span of one Saturday.
King's characters are phenomenal. They're rich and three-dimensional, and I found that my initial opinions about the characters had changed by the end of the book, which is something that almost never happens for me. The characters were flawed in a real and substantial way, with predilections and fears that were relatable and familiar. The characterizations were consistent from beginning to end, but the characters were still able to grow and evolve without feeling like the changes were superficial or arbitrary. I was especially impressed by the depiction of Anna, the sociopath, because it was so chilling. I've read a lot of books where the characters are supposed to be sociopaths, but it never feels particularly genuine...
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