Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing (Aug 2013)
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA/NA/Adult
Format: eBook (240 pages)
Source: Free book from blog tour for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
Seven billion people on Earth go about their daily lives, and no one is prepared when a global EMP slows the world to a crawl. With all our technology incapacitated, everything changes. Within days alien soldiers line the streets, and life will never be the same. Rachael struggles to adapt to the new order, doing her best to keep herself and her cat alive.
Rachael’s neighbor Ryan hounds her to join a brewing resistance movement and make a stand against the newcomers. She still befriends Peter, enthralled by his enigmatic personality and hypnotic golden eyes. Would falling in love with an alien be treason against humanity? When the rebellion gains momentum and open conflict with the newcomers is a fact, Rachael’s personal insurrection might be her doom, or bring salvation to us all.
At A Glance
This is a very soft and slow sci-fi but I kind of liked it that way. Nothing huge happens, just a cute romance with a little alienish happenings.
For some reason I felt like an easygoing sci-fi book, and that’s just what I got. I was surprised by how excited I was to get back to Operation Earth every time I had to put it down. It wasn’t like it had lots of action and drama, it was just a fun story they kept me entertained.
My favorite part was how odd Rachael and Peter were. They just were weird characters with weird thoughts making weird decisions. It was different, quirky. Rachael didn’t let the alien invasion get her down. She lived her life as best she could. And her inner thoughts often had me cracking up. Peter didn’t let his duties get in the way of finding companionship and joy in his dismal existence. I loved his fascination with earthly things. I want my very own alien now!
There was a sense of foreboding throughout the novel. We never really know for sure what the aliens were going to do with the humans, how far they were willing to go, and what their real plans were. But overall, Operation Earth was a good mixture of light and darkness.
Don’t go into this book expecting a full blown sci-fi novel with tons of action and probing *snickers*. Operation Earth was on the verge of being too slow and uneventful. I happened to of liked the laidback feel, but a lot of people wont.
With the focus being on romance, I wish there was more detail when it came to the bow chica bow wow. I think this book should have read more like an adult or new adult book with a more even mixture of romance and sex. That would have oomphed it up a bit.
There really isn’t a climax per se. Operation Earth reads like “this is what happened to Rachel today.” Not much build up or excitement.
I liked how sweet the romance was. Rachael and Peter are an adorable couple. They built their relationship around awkward circumstances, but it all worked out perfectly.
No sex scenes to worry about. So this is suitable for a YA, NA, and adult audience. Though there is a sexual assault but it doesn’t go too far.
This book will not be for everyone. Hard core sci-fi fans probably will find Operation Earth lacking. But if you are looking for a quick, fun read, then give this one a chance. Recommended.
“If today is the last day of my life I’d like to have a glass of wine and a vat of ice cream. No harm in dying content.”
He lifted a snow globe and tilted it a little, raising an eyebrow as the fake snow slid from side to side.
“Let me…” She took it away from him, shook it, and put it back in his hands. “Now it’s snowing on all the little animals.”
Peter shook it again, this time “properly.”
You are cute.
“You know what? You can have it if you want. No matter where you go you can look at it and remember Earth and lasagna.”
Born in Sweden in the early 1970’s, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, “The Sun Book.” They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother’s horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.
Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri. Upcoming releases: Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
Upcoming releases: Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013
Quotes: “Full Speed Ahead” and “Caffeine is good for you”