Genre: Adult, Sci-Fi
Publication Date: May 2019
My Rating: 3.5/5
Prisoner 7578359, Commander Jayla Sans, is innocent. Framed by her own godfather and convicted of treason, she’ll spend the rest of her days on the prison spaceship Tarsha—however few she has left. During her last investigation for the military, she found a vast and insidious conspiracy, and now, various factions will kill to acquire or destroy the information in her head. Jayla must protect the truth at costs, even if that means severing ties with her loved ones. But is Jayla truly alone?
Goodreads link: Veil Of Deceit
This is the first Science Fiction story from the author Jude Lynn and it was a solid start. At 300 pages, Veil of Deceit is fast-paced, packed with action, twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who are looking for an easy-to-follow Sci Fi story filled with action.
Things I liked:
- The writing was simple, and the story was easy to follow. There were not complicate technologies or world-building which makes the story very approachable especially for readers that are new to the genre.
- I was never bored. As I mentioned before, the story is action packed. Every time that you think the MC will catch a break, something new is thrown at her.
- Although the plot is based on politics and treason the story is not heavy on politics at all, which I appreciate sine when there are too much politics I tend to get confused, a lot.
- Jayla. She is a strong female character that would do anything to keep the one she loves safe, even if that means scarifying herself.
Things I didn’t like:
- Because it was so fast-paced, I felt that the world-building was thrown into the back seat. We never get the time to learn about the world. How do the Commonwealth works? Who are the Fralorans? The Fralorans are just mentioned as the people with whom the Commonwealth is at war with, and yet we know next to nothing about them. We get introduced to the Grat colony, and yet we learn nothing about those people either, except that they need to get the hell out of their planet before the Fralorans attack them. What other impact does the war have on the Commonwealth?
- The bad guy. He is a smart guy and managed to make Jayla’s life miserable, which is what made the story go forward, but… By at the end of the book I didn’t know his motives. I knew that he was the reason for starting the war with the Fralonas but why? What was his gain? How did he do it? We know that Jayla has all the proof and information, but we don’t. And because of that, it felt like the bad guy was there just be the bad guy. I know I said I don’t like politics, but I do need some strong motives even if they are political motives.