“Suspenseful sci-fi with complex world-building and a tough-as-nails heroine you’ll want to root for!”— Elizabeth Briggs, New York Times Bestselling Author of Future Shock
“In this bleak world, one spark of hope soon turns into an inferno. And just like a fireball, once this story is ignited, it just doesn’t stop.” — Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Navigating the Stars.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin
In an all-too-plausible future where corporate conglomerates have left the world’s governments in shambles, anyone with means has left the polluted Earth for the promise of a better life on a SpaceTech owned colony among the stars.
Maité Martinez is the daughter of an Earther Latina and a powerful Aunare man, an alien race that SpaceTech sees as a threat to their dominion. When tensions turn violent, Maité finds herself trapped on Earth and forced into hiding.
For over ten years, Maité has stayed hidden, but every minute Maité stays on Earth is one closer to getting caught.
She’s lived on the streets. Gone hungry. And found a way to fight through it all. But one night, while waitressing in a greasy diner, a customer gets handsy with her. She reacts without thinking.
Covered in blood, Maité runs, but it’s not long before SpaceTech finds her…
Arrested and forced into dangerous work detail on a volcano planet, Maité waits for SpaceTech to make their move against the Aunare. She knows that if she can’t somehow find a way to stop them, there will be an interstellar war big enough to end all life in the universe.
There’s only one question: Can Maité prevent the total annihilation of humanity without getting herself killed in the process?
“Erin’s world-building is excellent and her characters are big and bold…” — Escape Into Worlds
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This gripping, of-the-moment science-fiction novel centers on a Latina alien on the run. Earth’s evil ruling megacorporation SpaceTech is at constant war with the banished Aunare aliens. Twenty-year-old Maité Martinez is half human, half Aunare, and totally captivating. She definitely makes SpaceTech uneasy: She’s a courageous and fast-as-lightning fighter, and she glows when she’s stressed out. It didn’t take long for us to feel completely invested in Maité’s quest to save herself, and Earth, from SpaceTech. Author Aileen Erin—best known for the Alpha Girl paranormal romance series—is biracial, and her novel plumbs issues of borders and boundaries with finesse and humor.
Customer ReviewsSee All
A fantastic start to a new sci-fi series with a spectacular heroine in Maité, a halfer that's been in hiding for most of her life and separated from her father who is a leader of the Aunare alien world. Maité and her human mother have been waiting to be rescued after the humans annihilated the Aunares on Earth after years of peaceful coexistence. She's everything you want in a heroine. Tough, smart, lethal when needed, and just a young woman with all the feelings that go with her situation. The combination of her human traits and alien abilities is terrific. She has a bunch of hunky heroes behind her from her human best friend, Roan, to the delectable double agent,Declan, and the alluring Aunare, Lorne. Boy, does he have an affect on Maité with only his voice. Also, the fierce ABQ crew trying to counter the dastardly SpaceTech's evil rule over the inhabitants of Earth. They all work together to get Maité off planet before she's discovered and executed. Her journey is rough, dangerous and often cringeworthy but she's strong and knows to hold on until the plan to get her to her father is successful. She is the key to preventing a war between the species and the doom of Earthers. An unfathomable task for a young halfer. I liked the writing even if at times it was a little wordy in places for me but I was so caught up in the superb storytelling that it was minor. The story moved at a good paced with lots of adventure, danger, suspense and intriguing characters. I can't wait for more of the mysterious Lorne and the hottie Declan and, of course, the truly wonderful Maité/Amihanna. More romance, please. On pins and needles for the next installment in this believable, out-of-this-world, sensational series. Just fabulous! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC. 4.5 stars
Intriguing new world
Aileen created a new world that although fictional, is relatable to present day. It was intriguing to live with Maite’ as she struggled for family, friends & self preservation. Her journey of self discovery and strength as she fought the power hungry, corporate elites was inspiring. The characters are colorfully written & fully developed. This is a fun read, can’t wait for the next book.
I love this book - great new series! Can’t wait for the rest