The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar'Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents' court refuse to ever trust a frail human.
Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they've brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.
I'm ashamed I was hesitant before to read Lexi Ander's books. This was an amazing experience and I honestly wish there were more sci-fi books as fascinating as Alpha Trine. In fact, this is the whole reason why I'm not a big fan of the genre, but I might have to reconsider my opinion after having read some very awesome books recently, among which Alpha Trine is definitely at the top of my list. When I picked it up, I didn't expect to like it this much. However, the story swept me off my feet as soon as I started the read.
The author created a fantastic universe and a very complex plot. I was amazed at how creative she is when it comes to alien races. There are some absolutely amazing descriptions that really stir one's imagination. The various alien species Lexi Ander imagined have some unbelievable physical traits. Let me just mention the most mind boggling one: lion shifter with marsupium that has a symbiot who lives around his neck, like a necklace, when he is in his human form O_O .
At the same time, I loved the subtle, deeper messages of the book: like how people are not what they seem, like how it doesn't matter who your birth parents are, but who raises you, like if you look deep inside you, you'll discover you're way stronger than you think; and these are just a few things that you can read between the lines in Alpha Trine. This book is more than meets the eye, but, believe me, the eye certainly gets its fill, with such a versatile plot.
Many readers might get overwhelmed by the many alien species described in the book, and by the very complex plot. Just keep in mind that the plot is very well sewn together and it makes lot of sense as you progress towards the end; don't be intimidated by the blurb and don't let yourself get overwhelmed, just enjoy the ride.
Of course, it would have been better if the book had been longer, if the action had been paced slower so everyone's brains could keep up, but that's what sequels are for. I myself, can't wait for the next book, especially because this one ends with a massive cliff-hanger. Basically we don't know what's going to happen in Zeus's future. Things look equally bright and grim, depends from what perspective you're looking at them, but that certainly makes the wait interesting.
What can I say about the book, if I were to summarize?
- It is an incredible sci-fi that excels in world-building,
- It has a very complex story and real 3D characters. Zeus, for example, is a superb main character and I fell in love with him from the very moment of his appearance in the book. He's even more lovable once his painful fate is unveiled to the reader. But the supportive characters are also very intriguing.
- I loved that, despite the insta-love between Zeus, Dargon and Alpha, neither of them acted on the supposition that they were going to be together forever and the emphasize was definitely not on sex, but on the story-building, which is something I always appreciate in books, more so in sci-fi,fantasy or adventure books. For erotic scenes lover, though, no worries, there are those kinds of scenes as well, and they're very fascinating.
- All in all, I was blown away by the imagination this author has. I'm seriously gonna go insane until Striker comes out (and hopefully I'll get the chance to review it as well).
I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading about different universes and especially to those who enjoy a good plot. But more than this, I recommend it to all of those who want something different. The blurb honestly doesn't do justice to this wonderful book. Take a risk and read it and you won't regret it.