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Ebook Details
  • 01/2020
  • B07X9147K1
  • 386 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2019
  • 1691107247
  • 386 pages
  • $16.99
Audio Details
  • 03/2020
  • B085D9WTCS
  • 386 pages
  • $24.95
The Lost Signal (Slaves of Zisaida Book 1)

An ancient threat returns to conquer humanity. They ruled the planet once and they will do it again. Humans can't fight this war—not without help.

For years, Dr. Ethan Fawkes has been communicating with a mysterious scientist using an encoded signal, and together, they designed the first spaceship meant for war. But when the government orders Ethan to dismantle it, his collaborator reveals a terrible secret. An army of powerful aliens is about to invade Earth, and humans must rush to prepare a defense or risk losing their freedom forever.

Collaboration with an unlikely ally is humanity’s only chance at survival.

Fiona has no memories of her origins, but somehow, she shares half her DNA with the invaders. For this, she lives a life of scorn and shame amongst humans. When the enemy arrives to enslave her village, will she help the humans who hate her or join the aliens who welcome her? The key to victory lies in the depths of her obscure past. Can she remember her true heritage before it's too late?

The Lost Signal is the first book in the Slaves of Zisaida trilogy: a riveting Science Fantasy saga about our galaxy's war for survival against an intergalactic threat. If you're a fan of StargateThe Atlantis Gene, and Battlestar Galactica, get on this thrill ride. Come for the Space Force, stay for the aliens

Reviews
This volume, the first in Fernandez Morales’s Slaves of Zisaida series, tells the story of a group of humans, aliens, and a hybrid rushing to save Earth from a hostile threat. Bill, a member of the Uruklu race, makes contact with a human crew at the Salt Lake Space Force Base. Bill informs the crew that the Creators, the superspecies that created both Uruklu and humans for their own purposes, are coming to re-enslave humanity, and that unity between Uruklu and humans might be Earth’s only hope. Meanwhile, Fiona, a Uruklu-human hybrid, has been kidnapped along with her human neighbors by Kurugar, the increasingly mentally unstable leader of the Uruklu. Fiona is kept as a sort of pet, only alive because of the whims of the leader’s naïve and impetuous sister Inanna. Fiona struggles to keep herself, the love of her life Ralph, and his wife Anya—both human slaves—alive. In the exciting conclusion, these two story lines converge, setting the protagonists up for a war with the Creators.

Surprisingly, despite the themes of slavery and genocide, the tone is often light; the characters are quick to banter and laugh despite the high stakes of impending doom. There are some elements that may leave readers wondering. It’s unclear when the story is set; all readers learn is that the US is a shell of its former self (“a bottom-feeder country)” and the Salt Lake Space Force Base crew is badly scarred but forever united by a previous decision to turn against the American military during a war and save Japanese civilians.

One particular strength in Morales’s worldbuilding lies in the details about the Uruklu; they’re humanoid-ish but have tentacles, go through a tadpole stage and, most importantly they have nervelike tentacles (“neurals”) that allow them to take in information, learn languages, and connect their nervous systems directly to their spaceships, controlling them like limbs. Science fiction fans will enjoy this engaging, well-paced caper and look forward to the sequel.

Takeaway: This engaging story about a group of unlikely heroes trying to save humanity will appeal to sci-fi fans.

Great for fans of: Mike Chen’s A Beginning at the End, Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: B

Readers' Favorite

"A science-fiction story that is as riveting as it is beguiling, with twists that augment the overall satisfaction of the reading experience, action that is intense and unabated, and characters that are likable... The story is fast-paced and intriguing, written with focused scenes and in a style that balances great dialogue with the strength of descriptive prose. The sense of urgency begins the moment the conflict is introduced. I particularly loved the way Fiona is imagined. She is in a dilemma, caught between people who detest her and yet badly need her help and an enemy that shares the same DNA with her. The Lost Signal is cleverly plotted and skillfully written, a must-read." -- Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 01/2020
  • B07X9147K1
  • 386 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2019
  • 1691107247
  • 386 pages
  • $16.99
Audio Details
  • 03/2020
  • B085D9WTCS
  • 386 pages
  • $24.95

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