The climatic conclusion to this scifi series... Guardian by Cathy McCrumb (Review & #Giveaway) #newbooks #booktwitter #scifi #sciencefiction @EnclaveBooks @Celebrate_Lit

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(Children of the Consortium #3)
By Cathy McCrumb
Science Fiction, Space Opera
Hardcover, Audiobook & eBook, 368 Pages
February 20, 2024 by Enclave Publishing


The Recorder’s fate has been sealed, but the Consortium is not the only enemy.

Labeled an aberration by the Consortium, the Recorder is not yet free. Time is running out as an engineered bioweapon wreaks havoc on friend and foe alike.

Stopping both the biological agent and the people who created it is no easy task, especially since the Recorder and her friends are trapped on a research station infested with behemoth insects. Without Consortium technology, the probability of neutralizing the threat falls to nothing. In order to save her allies, the Recorder must activate a drone, but her success might destroy any hope for freedom, a future, and a name.

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My Review

GUARDIAN is the concluding book in this recorder's story as she continues to fight to protect those she cares for and help in finding a cure to a deadly virus. It's full of danger, adventure, friendship, political intrigue, and a touch of romance and faith. Recommended to science fiction and space opera fans.

I've loved diving into this science fiction world with its different classes among the people as well as government. The recorders themselves and the Consortium is fascinating on its own as well as how it interacts with society. There were so many questionable ideals and policies, but readers weren't specifically told what to think. Instead the author allowed readers to come to their own conclusions along with the characters as the series proceeded. I liked that the faith element was light and the theme of each human life having value. I liked that the romance was also light as it wasn't the main focus of the story, but enhanced the story instead. I also really liked these characters. There are quite a few of them and I didn't always keep them straight, but I really enjoyed the found family and friendships. It's an exciting read with these characters not always knowing who they can trust. They battle massive insects as well as members of the Consortium and then other members of their society.

I only had a couple of issues with the story. One was that the dialogue was so stilted sometimes. I did have to remind myself that the three books in the series take place over a very short space of time so the heroine might not have organically developed as I would have wanted and as she would have over more time. I also wanted her to be braver, act quicker, and do better in relaying information to others so things were figured out faster. I also would have like a better recap at the beginning and a bit of a refresher on why the consortium believed and acted as they did.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is such a unique series with its fascinating storybook world and characters. I enjoyed reading this third book and will definitely grab this author's next release. Definitely a recommended read for sci-fi fans!

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Celebrate Lit Publicity, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Cathy graduated from Biola University with a degree in English Literature and a love for stories. She and her husband, whom she met while writing letters to soldiers, have five children and currently live within the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. While writing is one of her favorite things to do, she also enjoys reading, long hikes and long naps, gluten-free brownies and raspberries, and crocheting while watching science fiction movies with friends and family.

Tour Schedule

Through the Fire Blogs, March 8 (Author Interview)

Splashes of Joy, March 10 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, March 12 (Author Interview)

Guild Master, March 13 (Author Interview)

A Reader’s Brain, March 14 (Author Interview)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 15 (Author Interview)

Wishful Endings, March 15

Simple Harvest Reads, March 16 (Author Interview)

Blossoms and Blessings, March 17 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, March 17

Fiction Book Lover, March 18 (Author Interview)

Vicky Sluiter, March 20 (Author Interview)

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize of a copy of Guardian!!

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