Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.
"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."
Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.
Sigrid knew she would kill them.
Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.
Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret - a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.
But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.
©2011 Cary Caffrey (P)2016 Cary Caffrey
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"Wonderful Futuristic/Coming-of-Age Adventure"
This was a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi adventure with a little bit of everything… Space battles, ground fighting, suspense, interpersonal relationships, future technology, coming-of-age story line, action, and romance.
The story begins with young Sigrid being essentially “bought” from her parents. With the family in enormous debt and stuck in nearly lifelong indentured servitude, the parents are convinced to part with their daughter knowing that not only will their debts be paid, but that she will be receiving a top-notch education and be a part of something important.
Sigrid and a group of other girls have a very rare genetic marker that will enable a military corporation to enhance their senses, strength, and intellectual abilities to turn them into the ultimate super-soldiers. She and several dozen other girls are sent to a secret military facility where they receive advanced military, equipment, and combat training. Along with the gradual physical enhancements over time, the girls are transformed from impressionable young children to lethal and effective weapons.
However, the secret corporate project is drawing the attention of other factions and governments, none of whom want an adversary to develop something that will change the balance of power. The girls will be caught in the middle of these political and sometimes violent disputes and not all of them will survive…
Another excellent part of the story is the romantic relationship between Sigrid and Suko and its development as they progress from childhood into young adults. The two girls fall in love, but are separated by the ongoing conflicts. Despite the fact that neither of them may survive, they will stop at nothing to be reunited.
Narration was very fluid and believable. I was very impressed.
I would recommend this book to any sci-fi fans. I was impressed by the excellent story line, writing, and plot from an author I had never heard of… 5 Stars!
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
"a lot of twists and turns to the story"
The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey is the first novel in the series by the same name. In the 24th century on Earth, the world is controlled by corporations. Trying to escape financial ruin, many sell their children to mercenary companies, such as the Kimura Corporation. Sigrid is one such child. Her parents sold Sigrid to the Kimura Corporation for the money, but little do they know that Kimura sought Sigrid out because of her genetic make-up. This genetic make-up will allow them to alter her into an enhanced killing machine. Sigrid comes to Kimura scared and the runt of the group, leading to a lot of bullying. But as the girls at Alcyone develop and grow, they begin to realize that they are pawns in a greater war amongst the corporations. Sigrid and her friends must figure out a way to live as free women untethered to and unsought by any corporations.
This was an action filled story that followed the girls at Alcyone, the Kimura research facility, from the time they are girls to adulthood. Caffrey does a good job adding in parts throughout to highlight the relationships between the girls as they grow older. I especially liked the later parts of the story when Sigrid is on her own acting as a mercenary. That is the time that she is the most strong and smart and becomes her own self and a leader. There is a nice mix of getting to know more about the characters and action. However, even though the story had all the elements that I love in a story, somehow I didn’t love the character of Sigrid, I felt like there was still distance between the characters and the reader, and that I wasn’t completely engrossed in their lives. This might be because of how much time the novel covers. Additionally, the science aspect was glossed over considerably. Overall, there were a lot of twists and turns to the story and filled with adventure.
The narration by Kristin James was good. She was able to consistently capture the voices of the characters. There were some accents that I didn’t like, in that they felt a little off, but overall the characters were distinguishable and consistent. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes stories about rebelling against the controlling population and a story full of powerful women.
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"These Girls Rock"
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. The narration was very well done and I could not stop listening till the book was finished. If you like science fiction you have like this.
I listened to all three books back to back and loved them. book 1 was an interesting book. the storyline was good and the girls where amazing.
I loved this series and can't wait for the next books in it.
"A Little Cyberpunk, A Lot Space Opera"
THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE has wonderful elements of both cyberpunk and space opera all wrapped up in a sweet little package named Sigrid Novak.
On Sigrid's journey from the little girl who was sold by her parents to a genetically enhanced woman who is as much cybernetic weapon as human, I was right there with her. As she faced hazing and bullying, as she found her strength and confidence, as she fell in love, as she became the most skilled mercenary the universe has ever seen.
Author Cary Caffrey was careful with the feminist overtones, keeping them delicate and natural to the story. Caffrey's penchant for action scenes is matched only by his world-building, which includes vivid fashion and incredible settings.
As entertaining and engaging as an audiobook as it was in print--highly recommended!
"Space opera of growing into a trained mercenary"
Like best: By the end of the book, it was exactly what I wanted from my space operas. I am curious to see if the next book keeps up the pace that this book ended on
Sigrid, It was a soft story as everything Sigrid comes across in troubles, she easily dominates and works through it
The narrator was really good. She had different voices for the characters with different backgrounds and it was easy to get absorbed into her narration
YES, Very much so
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"I absolutely Love it, I need more!!! Seconds plz!!"
Compelling, Intoxicating, and very addictive!!
I love how the author set the mood in the prologue... In that moment, you feel as if fate itself grabbed the young heroin... But, watching that grip slowly slip away was all the more riveting... Or should I say "Blown Away", one climax after the next.
She does such an amazing job bringing this book to life with her array voices for the characters... I couldn't image if it were a monotone reading of this book. she played a big role in me enjoying this piece so much I believe... Like icing on an already delicious cake.
"The Girls from Alcyone" - Breath Taking, not to mention Drop Dead Gorgeous.
The romance is nice and tastefully done. I really liked it to be honest, you get to actually watch or rather listen as a kindred bound grows between the two girls... First as an innocent love...eventually that love is re-discovered. I can't wait to read book 2 and 3, in fact I plan to read book 1 again. Why? I just feel as though I don't want to start any other novel untill I read book 2 and 3, In other words, "Hurry up, pay day" lol
"The Best Science Fiction with Lesbians in Space"
The Best Science Fiction with Lesbians in Space Novel you will ever listen too! I know there is no erotic, they barely kiss, mostly in book one they're even girls growing up and learning their roles in life; as that gets broken up by real life soldiers come after them to kill or capture them for not so nice reasons. But the Girls from Alcyone are not without there own powers to make it an even fight even though they are young.
Only comic books come to mind and those would be comicbooks about when Pardise Island was attacked and Wonder Woman and her sisters had to fight back. The lead in the story reminds of a Wonder Woman, Super Girl, or a female Superman. I think you get the idea.
Only in the other two volumns of this series and I am just assuming that she does the other two. The three volume set are all awesome, and should be listened to, fairly close together, (Or at least in my case I have MS and my memory is not so very good)
I wish I had the time! As it was I listened to a few chapters each night, then moved on the to the last chapter I remember clearly before falling asleep the next night and so no until I finished the book. It was so very enjoyable and exciting to listen too.
This whole series of three book with the lead who's name I can't even begin to pronounce has been awesome. I wish they would write more, or more like it. I know Erik Scuback has the Valkyrie Chronicles that sort of close, I enjoy Mr. Scuback works a lot, including his Music of the Soul series, and his many folk lore series all of which are for young adults like the above and for lesbians, and the erotic ends mostly with hand holding and kissing like in this book. (Not that I don't like erotic too, It just has its time and place)
"A great story, with great narration :)"
That beautiful cover got my attention, and I'm glad it did! I would call this a sci-fi book, but it was more than that. These girls with a rare genetic make up were taken to an academy, and trained to be asassins. They are changed with a technological "upgrade" to their bodies, making them even more bad ass. Our main character Sigrid goes through quite a transformation from the first time she is introduced. One thing I love about this story is the relationship between Sigrid and Suko. The two girls are in a gay relationship, however that is not the focus, but more of a secondary part of the story. I like that the author included this relationship without any notice to the fact that they are gay. There is no struggle between the girls about it, or with anyone else. It is just a relationship, which is how the world should always be. There is so much action happening, and the pace is kept up throughout the whole book. At times it is hard to tell who exactly is on the good side of things, which made the story even more exciting for me. Kristin James was the narrator of the audiobook. She did a great job with each of the voices, and several characters had accents. It was easy to tell which character was speaking which always makes an audiobook easier to follow. I really enjoyed this audiobook, and I hope to get the next one in the series soon!
**This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
The Girls from Alycone is a book for the sci-fi adventure lovers out there who want a story with pretty awesome tech and kick butt main characters to delve into.
The story spans a pretty decent sized time-frame and covers from when the girls are first taken in by the Kimura Corporation to when they are adults and fully functioning mercenaries, and while the book moves a decent clip it doesn’t feel rushed or glossed over. We get a good idea of the tactics used to make these somewhat unassuming girls into women with tech built in and a knack for handling trouble single-handily. Our focus though is mostly on Sigrid and Suko as they grow up, grow closer, and deal with the on coming storm of in fighting within the mercenary guilds. Sigrid’s slow transformation into the sure and steady woman she becomes is quite awesome. She starts out rather slowly, always trailing behind the other girls in most of their lessons, but she thinks differently and she knows what she’s good at…and soon she becomes a focus for both Kimura and those who want them gone. She becomes a real warrior, in fact…this book is full of females that kick some serious butt even the ones on the other side of the conflict are pretty epic. The relationship that forms between Sigrid and Suko, while not the overall focus of the novel, is just the right little push to make this one hit home. I might be a little partial but best friends slowly falling for each other kind of gets me every time.
I really loved the world-building as well, and while it is a sci-fi story with some pretty cool advancements and space travel it still held on to somethings like weapon technology, and think it gave it a little flair. I get kind of tired of seeing laser weapons and the like, so to see grenades and bullets is a plus. I’m really pleased with the amount of things GfA explores in this like: indentured servitude, birth debts, space travel tech (relays!), privatized “non-bias” companies in charge of major functions, and merc guilds functioning within laws and are recognized by the powers that be.
I think at this point it’s safe to call me a Kristen James fangirl. This is my 6th audiobook that she has narrated, and I seriously can’t wait to listen to more. I actually bought another audio simply because she’s the one reading it. I think Girls from Alcyone is some of her best work, simply because of the amount of voices she uses with different inflections and accents is pretty high…and of course she’s great at putting just the right amount of emotion into every word.
I’m super excited for book two, because the ending of this one puts the girls in a rather interesting place and with the fight far from over I definitely can’t wait to see how Sigrid handles it.
"Good narration by Kristin James"
No, not that I hated the book or anything like that.
Yes differently. At some point I will listen to book 2.
Kristin uses a good variety of different voices and it makes the book more enjoyable.
This little girl is all grown up now.
After all her training, I would have liked Sigrid to have gone back to earth and maybe visited her family.
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