Author: Yolande Kleinn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: le burden design
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/22/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Science Fiction
Partners for seven years, Ilsa and Kai are the best Professional Finders in the business. There’s nothing they can’t track down, no matter how hazardous the path or unfamiliar the star system.
Eleazar Dantes isn’t the first client to hire them to locate lost family, but he is the most unpleasant. For double their usual fee, though, Kai and Ilsa will tolerate a lot—even Dantes’ insistence that he tag along on the investigation. A high stakes hunt is no time for distractions. When Kai realizes his true feelings for Ilsa, his timing couldn’t be worse.
Because as the trail they follow grows more dangerous, Kai and Ilsa begin to doubt they’ll find Eleazar’s missing daughter alive.
So, I am giving Open Skies 3.5 stars for its sci-fi adventure content. It was filled with a variety of alien life and they were constantly on the move though the story wasn’t action packed. There weren’t a lot of technology details other than the mention they were on space ships, but I still felt like I could envision the world. I found the hunt for Dantes’s daughter interesting and the resulting conclusion satisfying.
I am not, however, rating its asexual, aromantic, queerplatonic plot line as I don’t feel qualified to do so, but I will comment on my feelings. While I could see Kai’s feelings coming, I wasn’t sure how Ilsa’s asexuality would be handled. I, myself, have questions when it comes to asexuality and how they relate in companion relationships with sexual orientated individuals when those individuals develop a romantic interest in the asexual person; which is part of the reason why I read this book. I still have questions.
I don’t feel that the story was enhanced in any way by Ilsa and Kai’s change of relationship. They had a good solid partnership. In a romance novel, that would grow to romantic love and they would be even closer. That couldn’t happen here. The romantic feelings could only ruin a good partnership and the solution at the end didn’t feel like it could work long term to me. It left me feeling unsettled. Was that because I can’t categorize the book? It had more feelings than a straight sci-fi normally would and yet it wasn’t a romance. I don’t know.
I think the conclusion I reached was that this wasn’t the book for me. It may be for you.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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