Genres: Science Fiction
Published by Vesuvian Books on September 10, 2019
Format: ARC, eBook
Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.
With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.
But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.
The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.
I’ve never had the pleasure of reading anything by Mary Ting until I got my hands on Helix — and it was worth reading every page. You ever get so famished for a good genre story? That’s how I’ve been with science fiction’s lately, so imagine my utter satisfaction when I couldn’t tear myself away from Helix.
First off, I love that the main character is a woman with killer (as in awesome) abilities and loyal devotion to those she cares about. Ava is such a complex, strong, and ever-changing character — and I loved seeing how fierce she was in the face of finding her twin sister no matter what. Not to mention, it’s so freaking hard to find likable, capable female MCs in science fiction these days. Even when the truth was hurled at her, when secrets became sharp as knives, Ava stuck to her guns the best she could. She wasn’t perfect, but she stayed true to herself as a character.
The plot itself resembled a rather tangled spiderweb, giving off Bourne Identity-esque vibes with enough thrills to literally jack up my heart rate. This propelled the action, kept the whole story moving forward like a rushing river, and drawing me into the thick of conspiracies, betrayals, unfolding secrets, and shocking revelations.
The only regret I have, to be honest, is that I didn’t read the first book in this five part installment. Ting packs so much detail into such a short novel — and it creates this tension-filled adventure that steals the air right out of your lungs, but this also meant I missed out on so much that happened in the first book. And though it was easy to read a summary or poke around other blogs for quick details, I have a feeling I could have loved or, in the very least, appreciated Helix even more had I read book one, ISAN. It would have filled in so many holes for me.
Overall, I was drunk on the fast-paced action. There was so much adrenaline, so much tension that I felt anchored during this wild read. And I found myself invested in not only Ava’s fate, but also in Rhett, in the rebels, in her crew. In the whole world, really. And when everything came to light? When crap hit the fan? When everything hung in the balance?
And did I mention that EPIC cliffhanger?!
Gods, I’ll let you read it and find out for yourself.
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International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.
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