This is the second book in the Paradox series, which begins with Fortune’s Pawn. While I’m sure you could start with this one, there is really rather a lot of set-up and introduction of characters in the first one that makes this one easier to enjoy, so you really should start at the beginning. It’s also impossible for me to review this book without spoiling some of the stuff from the first book, so go away until you’re caught up.
Deviana Morris is deeply confused. She knows there was a battle onboard Fortune’s Fool, the ship she works on, as she can see the signs of damage all around her. Her fellow security guard, Cotter, died in the attack where something caused Devi to lose her a whole load of her memories. She can find no record of the attack in any of the security recordings on board or in the feed or backup feed from her power armour. Now the sole security onboard, she’s determined to do her job to the best of her abilities, but strange things keep happening that distract her. When she gets angry, she sees black smudges on her hands. She can’t seem to remember the name of the ship’s cook, and every time she looks directly at him, she’s hit with revulsion so strong she nearly throws up. She has a very strange dream where Ren, Captain Caldswell’s creepy and mysterious little girl takes her to a warehouse where she sees herself, pleading with the cook, declaring her love, only to be shot in the head. She sees strange glowing bugs that no one else appears able to see.
As the danger keeps mounting, Devi’s memory are returned to her, and with them, the staggering betrayal that led to them being wiped. When she finally remembers Rupert again, she also remember that he invaded her mind and took her memories, without even asking her, and that’s not something that’s easy, if at all possible, for a girl to forgive. She discovers more about the Eyes and who Ren actually is. The truth about the lengths the Eyes will go to to defeat the phantoms is terrifying and Devi is not at all sure she wants to help them, no matter how important their quest to save the universe is. She discovers what the black stuff infecting her is and needs to ascertain exactly who she can trust and whether she’s ready to sacrifice herself and everything she’s ever dreamed of to help save the universe.
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