This week I'm featuring Defending the Galaxy, the conclusion to Maria V. Snyder's Sentinels of the Galaxy series. It's such a stressful, fast-paced read. I love it!
Junior Officer Ara Lawrence here, reporting for duty. Again. It's situation critical for the security team and everyone in the base - including my parents - with a new attack from the looters imminent, a possible galaxy-wide crime conspiracy and an unstoppable alien threat. But this all pales in the face of my mind-blowing discovery about the Q-net. Of course, no one believes me. I'm not sure I believe me. It could just be a stress-induced delusion. That's what my parents seem to believe...
Their concern for me is hampering my ability to do my job. I know they love me, but with the Q-net in my corner, I'm the only one who can help the security team beat the shadowy aliens from the pits we discovered. We're holding them at bay, for now, but the entire Milky Way Galaxy is in danger of being overrun.
With battles on too many fronts, it's looking dire. But one thing I've learned is when people I love are in jeopardy, I'll never give up trying to save them. Not until my dying breath. Which could very well be today...
The term "mind-blown" is one of those expressions that doesn't really mean anything. People say it all the time, but it's just an exaggeration. No heads actually explode because a person is confronted with a new concept or an unbelievable revelation. Brain matter and blood doesn't splash on the walls.
Yet, as I sit cross-legged on my bed and scrunch my blanket in tight fists, I'm scrambling for coherent thought. And I fear, if I let go, I will blow apart and be scattered throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.
The hallways in the base are in the same condition as the ones in security. Holes and cracks decorate most of the walls. Some lights flicker and others have shattered from the shockwave. A layer of white grit and broken glass crunches under my boots, and finding clear spots to set the end of my cane down is difficult. There's a burnt electrical smell to the air. And there's no one else around. It's creepy.
What have you been reading lately?