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ARC Review: Aries 181 by Tiana Warner

Aries 181 byTiana Warner

Adult/New Adult ∴ SciFi > aerospace, STEM ∴ LGBTQIA+ > bisexual, wlw ∴ Trigger warning: body horror, gore, emotional manipulation, partner abuse

Published March 26th 2019 by Rogue Cannon Publishing

eBook ∴ 421 pages

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*I will update if any purchase links become available on those sites*

A crime spree to steal aerospace technology. An intern with the brains to stop it.

When Jess uncovers evidence that her boss is stealing technology to build his company, her coveted internship at Aries turns from dream job to catastrophe. Worse, her boss cons another young woman into becoming his accomplice, and the duo’s chemically enhanced skills and weapons help them become the most infamous supercriminals to sweep the tech world. Before they pilfer every aerospace lab in North America, Jess must use her ingenuity to stop them—risking her career, her relationships, and maybe even her life.

*I received a digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

If anyone here knows me, I love Tiana Warner’s books. Ice Massacre and it’s sequels are so near and dear to my heart because it’s a mermaid series I never knew I needed. I knew Tiana was writing a SciFi book, but to be honest, I didn’t know what it was going to be about. After her first tweet about, somehow I got the idea in my head that it was set in space? I think I saw the word “aerospace” and jumped to conclusions. It’s set in Canada, not space.

Needless to say, I destroyed this book. I didn’t start reading it in earnest for about a day after I received it, but once I got going, I couldn’t stop. Part of the reason is because On the Come Up is out next week, but also because it’s SO GOOD.

When Tiana marketed it like The Martian, I got really excited. SciFi isn’t usually my favorite genre because I was never a science nerd in school and I usually have a hard time wrapping my head around stuff, but I got into The Martin really quickly and enjoyed it immensely. This is pretty tame science jargon, enough that you know it’s sciencey and believe it, but also, if you aren’t sure what some stuff is, it doesn’t take away from the story and you don’t get caught up on it. There’s also some interesting *fiction* to go with the science part, but you’ll have to read it to find out.

The story goes between Jess, a smarty intern at one of Canada’s biggest aerospace engineering companies, and Halley–how do I describe Halley? Headstrong, scary smart and scary strong, but also lonely and broken. Which is how she falls into the hands of a manipulative CEO, hell bent on controlling the tech world.

Tiana also mentioned in a recent blog post on her website, that she was very inspired by Harley Quinn and the Joker. And though they aren’t my personal favorite duo, Tiana totally nails their relationship to a T, not even holding back on how terrible “the Joker” is (I’m not gonna spoil, I’m not a monster) to “Harley.”

Aries deals with a lot more than girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), but also with relationship issues, past trauma, disability, depression, and overbearing assholes (I’m looking at you, Floyd). There are some things that can be potentially triggering and I’ve listed them above, so just keep your eyes peeled and remember your mental health is worth more than a great read. If you want me to tell you specifics, don’t hesitate to hit me up on one of my socials or in Books and Tea.

So, all in all, I LOVED this. There’s so much crazy girl power (literally and figuratively), in this book, it’s hard not to love it. It’s got science, it’s got gay girls, it’s got crazy tech, it’s got heists, it’s got nerd culture, what more could you want? I know there’s no series number on the Goodreads entry, but I’m holding out hope that I see more from Jess and Halley in the future.

∴ 5 large hadron colliders ∴

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