CBR14 Bingo – Font: because the mix of fonts on the cover is pretty cool (and matches the book well), and one of the MCs does calligraphy
I’m the sort of person who thinks the world always needs more sapphic sci-fi, so when I realized the author of Glorious Day was writing a near-future one? Immediate grabby hands.
Six months ago, alien ships suddenly appeared all over the world, obliterating whatever used to be there. The aliens died almost immediately but the ships released clouds of nanites. The majority of people were unaffected, but some collapsed and then, when they woke up from their comas, developed new powers, from the ability to detect specific scents to being able to find water. No one knows why the aliens came or what the powers are for – or at least no one’s admitting it.
In the six months since the alien ships appeared, Deneve has been on the move. Her nanites not only give her glimpses of the future but also influence her to change it, whether that’s preventing a dog from running into the street or evacuating a house in the path of a tornado. Ignoring the nanites leads to her passing out so she’s almost entirely beholden to their whims. But what she really can’t understand is why, after saving a woman from kidnappers, they still want her to stay in the woman’s vicinity, especially when it’s very clear that woman doesn’t want her there.
“She did understand why people were afraid of anyone with nanites. It wasn’t irrational unfounded prejudice. They were different, and some were more dangerous than the average person. She should know.
She still didn’t intend to be caged and used.”
Jolie is the epitome of the blonde ice queen. She wasn’t much of a people person before the nanites and certain other events have convinced her that other people aren’t safe around her. Deneve lost everyone when a ship appeared nearly on top of her, but Jolie had been lucky enough to be pulled inside by her parents, who then hustled her off to Austin and a stationery shop they’d inherited. Since then she’s lived a mostly quiet life, only lightly plugged into the local network of folks like her. Though she’s thankful for Deneve’s help saving her, she’s a complication Jolie doesn’t need. After all, she can control fire, so what can a person whose gift is having visions and passing out do to help?
Jolie is all sharp edges and trust issues. While she’s initially suspicious of Deneve – and downright rude – she’s still the sort of person who’ll give her unwanted guest the blankets off her own bed. Deneve, on the other hand, is a people person. While her previous career waitressing gave her some ability to deal with unfriendly people, Jolie is so obviously uncomfortable with her around that she’d be waving good-bye to Austin if it weren’t for her nanites’ insistence. Her go-with-the-flow attitude has served her well considering how the nanites have dragged her around the country, and staying in one place for too long feels frankly dangerous. Both women have ample reasons to distrust the other, especially when it becomes clear that one – or more – entities are grabbing gifted people off the streets.
“I cannot believe,” Deneve replied, trying to be equally quiet, but as gentle as possible, “that you could be any threat to me and I wouldn’t know.”
This is very much a first book in a five book series. While it’s obvious that Deneve and Jolie are being set up for a relationship, it’s very, very slowburn, and the same can be said for the plot as well. While there’s some action, a lot of it is world building and getting to know both characters. The book wraps up on a satisfying enough note but there’s still a lot of unresolved questions. What are the nanites? Why are they insisting that Deneve and Jolie stay together?
Overall, a very promising start to a new series. I can’t wait to see what happens with Deneve and Jolie next!