– Colonel Kael Sunde and his team are an elite search and rescue team, based on the edge of a toxic jungle known as ‘the Seep’.
– ‘Vorta Botanical’, a research station deep within the Seep’s boundary goes offline.
– Kael and his team are given the mission to find out what happened; ‘search and destroy’ if required.
– Isolde comes from a Ranking Korlo family, but dreams of a day where everyone, Diasporan, and Korlo alike, can share in all that the Cluster Cities can offer. She joins the ranks of the ‘Par Society’ and lends her voice to the peace movement.
– Isolde’s wealthy parents believe that she’s under the influence of a cult and make plans to have her sent away until she comes to her sense.
– Yul is attending the science symposium with his father, but a chance meeting and an invitation leads to everyone’s lives changing forever.
– The Makon family of Lorsa Cluster has Rank, but little else after the death of their father. Regina and Edric scramble to restore their lost empire.
– The Harlo family has more funds than any of the other families combined, but no Rank. William Harlo Senior will stop at nothing to get it.
– William Harlo Junior has his life happily planned out, or so he thinks.
My Review: 4.2-Stars
The 942 Series by J.I. Rogers is a good read overall. I’ve never seen a cover like this, and I think it works well for the short stories. I think they are written well with some good strong sentence structures.
I was a little confused and a bit lost with the first story, Protocol 9. There were a lot of characters, and I had a hard time keeping up with all of them. I’m pretty sure it was written in Omni, and the hopping around from one character’s internal thoughts to another was a little difficult. I felt that the action of some the search and rescue team getting killed could have been shown. I had a hard time figuring all of that out because it was told from the past.
But overall, Protocol 9 was a good read. I thought the setting was cool and the author did a good job of putting me in the story even though I felt kind of lost. This is worth a read.
The second story, Forget Me Not was better. A sad little story that brought out my emotions. I thought the characters were more well-rounded in this story. A young girl, Isolde runs away from home to attend a speech with the intentions of never going home again. What she didn’t expect was the suppression guards showing up and shooting into the crowd. I don’t want to give away the ending, but this story pulled out all of my emotions. Very well done! The characters of this story are done very well, the setting shines, and the writing is strong.
The third story, Bride Price was the best out of the three for me. I was giving more insight into the world the stories are set in. Regina is betrothed to William so both families will gain riches and status, but William isn’t so keen on the idea.
The writing is strong, the setting descriptions and world building are amazing, and I loved it. I recommend this book, it’s a great addition to the series and I’m looking forward to the rest of the books.
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