Description from Goodreads:
Earth was ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.
Romy’s life is simple—for a genetically enhanced space soldier; pick up space junk with her four friends, and stave off the invaders fixated on stealing Planet Earth.
It isn’t much. But it’s temporary—only another 850 years to go, give or take.
When her crew tangles with a gulp-worthy alien mothership, Romy’s return to Earth is brought forward at hurtling pace.
Strength comes from the unlikeliest of quarters.
As does leadership.
…As does betrayal.
Review by Katy Haye:
My word, this was a treat. An intriguing premise, lively characters and beautifully assured writing.
I loved the depiction of the relationships between the knot members, a cross between being friends and family ties. The dialogue was an absolute joy – so much said in few words. Other relationships were equally delightful – I was grinning constantly during the target-shooting episode with Romy’s new friends. And all the puberty references were snort-inducingly funny – a piece of total brilliance.
Kelly St Clare has a real gift for the unexpected – nothing in The Retreat pans out as expected, and I loved being taken by surprise. There was a strong sense of intrigue throughout – with a dash of menace which turned out to be entirely justified. And then the ending was eerie and touching. I can’t wait for the next one.
You are in very safe hands here – everything has a purpose and it’s all really well plotted and knotted together (see what I did there? No? Well, read it and then you will!). Sit back and enjoy the ride!
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