Olena Jackobi is an expert at turning one alien race's space junk into another's joy. Uninterested in her Terran life, Olena joins a salvage operation, and in unlocking a derelict space pod also unlocks her future when the pod's cargo turns out to be her fated mate, Brin Tai Wekk. Together they "repurpose" the consciousness of a lost world, where Olena's talent for making something new from something old truly comes in handy.
While the romance takes a bit of a back seat in this little drama, the sheer scale of imagination this
author displays is breathtaking. To capture such complete societal and historical framework in such a short
story was no less than amazing. Bravo! I've always been a sci fi fan, and I loved the concept of a future world where programmable hair follicles and fluid-sucking, self-maintaining work jumpsuits are the norm. The fact that our hero has patterned skin, green hair and an -ahem- working part that is several feet of coiled maleness seems quite natural in the universe Viola Grace creates for us. The dialogue, particularly on Brin's part, was entertaining and well done. The lingo and jargon the author creates here is terrific and deserves a gold star. there's a lot going on in this book, so it behooves the reader to pay attention!
If you like strong, quirky heroines, space travel and alien sex scenes that don't get it the way of the main action, OBSOLETE is a treasure waiting to be found.