March 2020 – Page 3 of 3 – Beckie Bookworm

Genre: Science Fiction Dystopian

Publication Date: March 6th, 2020

My name is Ava Mendoza, and I am a species traitor.

They came hoping to find a new home after their own planet was destroyed, but Earth was dying as well, and most humans saw their arrival as an invasion. Now, two decades later, the Veilorians have been banished to the District, a fenced-in area on the outskirts of the last known livable land on Earth. Most people do their best to pretend they don’t exist, but not everyone. There are humans, like my cousin, who see them for what they are. Despite the threat of disownment, she married a Veilorian, and now she, too, lives in the District.

Even before I met Finn, I was determined to stand up for what was right, but from the moment I laid eyes on him, we had a connection I’ve never experienced before. But with the election of a new and radical mayor on the horizon, tensions are high, and people are calling for change. They want to make my cousin’s marriage illegal and punish any human who goes into the District, but I refuse to back down from this fight. No matter the cost.

Species Traitor: A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel by Kate L. Mary
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Species Traitor is a hard-hitting story that is a mish-mash of sci-fi, Dystopian and romance. The Veilorians home-planet is gone and they have ventured to earth in their ships as refugees from the stars. Looks-wise they are very similar to humans, just a larger stature and exotic eyes set the two species apart. Ava was three when these visitors arrived now 22 years later they are housed in the district a five-mile square plot of land on the edge of the congested and overcrowded city. Hatred and Malice towards the aliens is widespread, humans treating them appallingly, controlling and corraling them, keeping them confined to the district little more than prisoners. This is despite there peaceful and friendly nature and the fact that they have done absolutely nothing to deserve this attitude and heinous treatment from humans. The humans even resent the small space they are currently occupying on the overcrowded and scorched landscape. So when Ava cousin elopes and marries a veilorians it brings shame down on her family. Ava refuses to cut ties visiting her in the district where she now resides with her new husband. But with a new mayor running for office with a radical and bigoted agenda it’s looking precarious and dangerous for the Veilorians and anyone who may be associated with them. This primarily is a plot-driven story with a slow-burning attraction and romance at its centre. Ava finds herself fascinated by a half-human, half-Veilorian male called Fin, unfortunately, Fin hates humans with a passion and makes no secret of it. This is told solely from Ava’s POV and it was uniquely different in so many ways. It is well written with fantastic world-building and vibrant characters. An easy page-turner that managed to capture my imagination with its sheer brilliance. honestly “Species Traitor” blew me away and what a marvellous introduction to this author it was. I will definitely be checking out more of this authors work. My only complaint was the way it ended just because I’m impatient like that and need book 2 like immediately. I highly recommend this book it was fantastic.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Species Traitor: A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel.

Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction, and her dystopian novel, Outliers, was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2018 Author Academy Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the Winner in the 2018 Kindle Book Awards for Sci-Fi/Fantasy.