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Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy

Song of Scarabaeus (edition 2010)

by Sara Creasy

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Title:Song of Scarabaeus
Authors:Sara Creasy
Info:Harper Voyager (2010), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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So in the end I *did* like this book. I'm writing this over a week after I finished it so this it's bullet time:

- I didn't have a huge problem with the idea of slavery that was introduced in this world, mostly because it was just an element of their life. Some people treat the serfs like slaves, non-people, while others are uncomfortable with that.
- That little bitch of a commander deserved his disgusting death. Agreed with Finn on that one.
- Speaking of Finn... Didn't get him. He was almost a non-entity to me for all the personality he seemed to display. A few angry moments, some take charge-ness near the end, a hazy history as what amounted to an assassin mercenary. That was about all I got.
- Edie, meanwhile, made me want to slap her all over the place at multiple points. She never seemed to understand how important she was to the mission... If they treat you badly, just refuse. What can they do? Hurt Finn? Then you *really* aren't going to cooperate. Pfft, whatever.
- Scarabaeus... Woah. That was Little Shop of Horrors on cocaine steroids. Freaking as hell, especially when the plants... Did what they did. Shudder.
- In the end though, I'm not interested enough in the characters that I want to read the next book and find out what they do about that whole implant thing. Curious, yes. But in a cliffnotes kinda way. ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
I would have given this book 4 stars, but I realllllllllly hate unresolved endings, so you get -1 star, Ms. Creasy.

Edie is a cyperteck - she's basically got a computer interface implanted in her brain and can manipulate technology - and biotechnology - with a touch of her hand. When she's kidnapped from her (forced) gig with the ruling government, The Crib, as a bio-terraformer for new planets, she doesn't know if she's jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. "Leashed" to Finn - meaning if she either dies or gets more than 2 clicks away from him, his brain explodes - she's forced into an alliance right from the start. The plot is a little uneven - I wish that we had arrived at the planet sooner and seen more action there, as this was probably the most interesting part of the book. But overall I like Edie and I really like the world Creasy's built - the bio-technology parts are really really good and I hope there's more in the next installment (not out until 4/11). ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
Awesome story, I loved the world and the characters. I would definitely shelve this with my favorite sci-fi books by Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon and Ann Aguirre. I've now pre-ordered the sequel, [b:Children of Scarabaeus|8435074|Children of Scarabaeus (Scarabaeus, #2)|Sara Creasy|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1287695515s/8435074.jpg|13298586], and can't wait to see how the story completes for Edie and Finn. Sara Creasy mentioned in an interview that there won't be a book 3 for these characters, so I can only hope she will come up with another interesting story for her eager readers soon. ( )
  camibrite | May 25, 2014 |
SONG OF SCARABAEUS is a winner. I don't usually like sci-fi, so I cottoned onto the book despite its genre, not because of it.

It's got some killer twists and turns, and Creasy set up her two leads - Edie and Finn - as opposites in every way. That makes the development of their relationship interesting as they feel one another out, and makes them a very strong team when they work together.

The plot sets off like an avalanche, and the pace is quick and exciting all the way through. But Creasy makes time for character development and backstory, too. At the beginning, Edie is abducted and her captors set a course for the planet Scarabaeus. A key event in Edie's past took place there, and the closer we get, the more we learn about what she did and why. Once they arrive on Scarabaeus, the biggest shock isn't finding out who the bad guy is. It's seeing the consequences of choices Edie made years before.

These plotlines, one extending forward and the other back, weave together really well and work as a whole. The romance element is strong, but not dominant. The writing itself is elegant, a pleasure to read, and the worldbuilding imaginative and interesting, without ever crowding out the story.

Highly recommended.
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  MlleEhreen | Sep 20, 2013 |
Very compelling and believable writing when it comes to the development of the relationship between the main characters.
The plot, while interesting, lags a bit due to overuse of techno concepts. ( )
  Isa_Lavinia | Sep 10, 2013 |
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Trained since childhood in advanced biocyph seed technology by the all-powerful Crib empire, Edie's mission is to terraform alien worlds while her masters bleed the outlawed Fringe populations dry. When renegade mercenaries kidnap Edie, she's not entirely sure it's a bad thing . . . until they leash her to a bodyguard, Finn—a former freedom fighter-turned-slave, beaten down but never broken. If Edie strays from Finn's side, he dies. If she doesn't cooperate, the pirates will kill them both.

But Edie's abilities far surpass anything her enemies imagine. And now, with Finn as her only ally as the merciless Crib closes in, she'll have to prove it or die on the site of her only failure . . . a world called Scarabaeus.

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Edie is commissioned with terraforming alien worlds for the aggressive Crib empire when she is kidnapped by mercenaries who assign the former freedom-fighter turned slave, Finn, as her bodyguard.

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