The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on May 28, 2020 (currently $3.99 and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 3.69 with 13 ratings and 2 reviews
Mantivore Dreams by S.J. Higbee
Series: The Arcadian Chronicles #1
on August 28, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
On a colony planet, in a hot, dusty village where no one wants to live, is someone who was exiled there a long time ago. Someone who stole something so precious, others are prepared to lie, kidnap and murder to get it back.
Drawn into this web of deceit is Kyrillia, a teenager who dreams of running the village’s branch of the Node, the planetwide organic information system, but instead drudges for her mother…
Seth, member of the disgraced Priest family who can read and write, but instead toils as a day labourer on the smelliest, most thankless jobs in the village, in exchange for scraps of food and temporary shelter…
And Vrox, an ancient, sentient alien who lives only in Kyrillia’s imagination, or so she thinks...
When Kyrillia sneaks into the Node and opens up a forbidden site, she triggers a chain of events that not only rips through her own life, but affects those living thousands of miles away in the capital. For when something so precious goes missing, others will stop at nothing to get it back.
I wasn’t sure what to expect since science fiction can actually cover many different styles and settings. The setting might be earth or another planet. There might be spacecraft. One of the key aspects is usually technology and often, a time in the future.
Mantivore Dreams seems mostly a character development with technology. I’m surprised I enjoyed it so much with a young adult / new adult main character. Kryillia was a very likable character. She has been mistreated and sheltered her whole life. Now events force her to face some truths and learn more about her world.
The world-building is tempered by Kyrillia’s small focus. We don’t know very much about things. There’s more definitive facts in the blurb than I grasped from reading. I hope to read more in the series to develop this knowledge. The technology is her strength but not so much others, even those who are supposed to manage it.
The mantivore is the other big part of Kryillia’s life and focus. It seems like it, Vrox, has always been there. Is Vrox a dream, imaginary, or an alien? I was intrigued to learn more about him, although his childhood suffering felt repetitive. Vrox is horribly treated currently as well.
I enjoyed watching Kyrillia develop more knowledge and navigate a new life. Luckily, she has some friends who help her and support her. She is pretty skilled at recognizing who to trust. Although, that may be because she trusts so few and that’s for the best. I want to read more in her world.
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