Review: Earthrise (Her Instruments #1) by M.C.A. Hogarth

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Review: Earthrise (Her Instruments #1) by M.C.A. Hogarth three-stars
Earthrise by M.C.A. Hogarth
Series: Her Instruments #1
Published by Studio MCAH on April 30, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Reese Eddings has enough to do just keeping her rattletrap merchant vessel, the TMS Earthrise, profitable enough to pay food for herself and her micro-crew. So when a mysterious benefactor from her past shows up demanding she rescue a man from slavers, her first reaction is to say "NO!" And then to remember that she sort of promised to repay the loan. But she doesn't remember signing up to tangle with pirates and slavers over a space elf prince...

Book 1 of the Her Instruments trilogy is a rollicking space operatic adventure set in the Pelted Paradox universe.

I’m not really sure how I feel about Earthrise. I went through several stages of emotions while reading and…they just don’t add up.

Earthrise is the first book in the Her Instruments series. I initially started reading because I was drawn to the cover. Several friends on GR have been reading [the series], so when I saw them enjoying it so much I had to check it out. These are the friends who see Romance and say “Kill it with FIRE!” so I was expecting an action filled space opera, not a Sci-Fi Romantic Space Opera.

And that is part of the problem. I’ve not felt like reading Romances in quite some time – about 4 months and counting – which is not normal for me. Even though this is an abnormal state for me, I’ve been rolling with it and still getting some great reads.

Earthrise…seemed as if it didn’t really know what it wanted to be: is it a story of a rag-tag crew of misfits who touch your heart? Is it a Sci-Fi Romance? Is it a Space Opera? IDK and neither did Earthrise.

When I first started reading Earthrise, it had that heavy “rag-tag crew” feel that segued into a little light action. I was a bit bored and set it aside for a week or so. The next time I picked it up the characters and their interpersonal relationships were much more interesting – I ended up glomming a huge portion of it (which is normally a good sign for me). When I finally got to the end, however, I was left…unsatisfied.

I disliked Reese’s Mars backstory, the “space opera” parts felt a bit shallow, the action scenes left me a bit cold (due to lack of description), and the two-step that Reese and Hirianthial are doing around the more than obvious Romance was very frustrating. No, REESE was very frustrating. She was characterized as frustrated by life and so prickly she should have been a cactus. The way Reese got (and stayed) angry at Hirianthial over basically nothing had me giving the book the side-eye. The way Reese almost refused to see any good and usefulness in Hirianthial – even after he saved her life multiple times in multiple ways – was more than annoying.

At the same time, I did enjoy the universe. It’s…cute. Earthrise doesn’t have the depth and breadth that Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers universe has but I find the various races presented thus far to be extremely cute. And OMG. I totally want an Allacazam or whatever it’s name it. WANT ONE.

The cuteness of furries makes me want to read more (in this universe)…the frustration I had with the ending, Reese’s characterization, and the meandering plot makes me not.

To Read or Not to Read. That is the question.

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