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100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews

I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

Class-M Exile

Class-M Exile - Raven Oak

Mel is on the Class-M planet Bay-zar looking for some information about her parents.  As a genuine hu-man Mel is feared and alone. The hu-mans are bringers of war, killers in the eyes of the other species.  Eerl, a Tersic and a collector of all hu-man knowledge strives to help Mel.  Eerl helps her stow away on The Marzipan where none of the other passengers are thrilled about her being on board, especially Zee a Unified Military member with a grudge.  Zee wants nothing more than to send Mel back to the prisoner planet Miral where she escaped from.  Mel and Eerl eventually find what Mel is looking for, but of course, the truth is not at all what either of them expected.  

This was an intriguing and thoughtful space adventure novella.  At first I was a little thrown by the weird southern type accent of Eerl, but I got used to it after a bit.  The world building of the different planets is done very effectively and quickly and I felt like I had a good sense of place for the dusty, cramped marketplace of Bay-zar, the ship The Marzipan and the planet Ryddar.  For a novella Mel and Eerl's characters are fairly complex, I'm glad that I got to know Mel's backstory, but I am still wondering how much of it was true.  Eerl was very interesting to me and I would love to know more about the Tersic and if he ever figured out why a fish didn't need a bicycle.  Also, for a space adventure there were some important themes about prejudice, humanity and war.  With a surprising ending, Class-M Exile makes for a fun, reflective and quick read. 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.