Scorpio

Cover: Scorpio by Marko Kloos

Scorpio is the newest entry in Marko Kloos’s Frontlines series, which pits space-faring humans against gigantic aliens in a fight for survival among the stars.

While the previous entries in the series — starting with Terms of Enlistment and ending with Centers of Gravity — are focused on Andrew Grayson, this new series (dubbed Frontlines: Evolution) introduces an entirely separate cast of characters.

In Scorpio, Alex is one of the last survivors of a colony overrun by Lankies nearly eight years prior.  The book offers a glimpse into colony life as Alex and the others struggle to make due in a world turned toxic.

So, how does this second onboarding point to the Frontlines universe hold up?

Let’s take a look.

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Quarter Share

Cover: Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell

Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell is a science fiction adventure that is definitely something of an acquired taste.

The plot follows the career of Ishmael Wang as he takes up life in deep space as a crewman aboard the Lois McKendrick, gets his space legs, and becomes a contributing member of the crew.

It’s a book that trades the epic space adventures and seat-of-your-pants action scenes you’ll see in most interstellar science fiction for a more realistic take on life aboard a starship.

And that is very cool.

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Terms of Enlistment

Cover: Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

At a glance, Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos feels like a standard military sci-fi novel.

It’s a relatively straightforward tale about a young man who, desperate to escape his life as one of the hood rats in a harsh, dystopian future, enlists with dreams of finding a way aboard a ship and off to the stars.

While it’s true that Terms rehashes some well-trodden ground in the wake of greats like Joe Haldeman, Robert Heinlein, John Stakeley, and others, there are some twists and turns throughout Terms and the rest of the Frontlines series that are likely to surprise you.

Here’s the low-down.

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This Is How You Lose the Time War

Book Cover: This Is How You Lose the Time War

first glance, This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone might read like your typical time travel book.

Red and Blue, the principal characters of this saga, zip up and down along the timeline, fighting an endless war across the multiverse.  And yet, it definitely won’t be the saga that you’re expecting.

While you’ll be able to experience opposite sides of the time war through the lens of the narrative characters, science fiction takes something of a back seat to the rivalry-turn-romance in this epistolary tale.

Here’s a closer look.

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