Source: Audiobook Jukebox – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Series: The Intrepid Saga, #1
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Edition: Audiobook, 9 Hours 32 Minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System
Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.
And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.
It’ll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.
With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.
If you enjoy space operas and kick ass females then Outsystem is the book to grab!
Outsystem is a quickly paced thrilling ride that follows Major Tanis Richards as she takes over the military security of the Intrepid, a ship bound to lead the Sol system for a new colony. This is a future were very things are not possible. We have people who are practically immortal thanks to surgeries and cybernetics, and cosmetic surgery so drastic that some no longer even look human. It’s a future where the only limits are those set by your own morals, and it’s kind of cool. Some of the tech is really out there and I really love that it’s advanced to the point of allowing absolute biological freedom. I also love seeing AI being used, not just as ‘servants’ but as fully “independent” AI that works more as partners.
Tanis Richards is all kinds of a badass. When the book starts out she already has a history within this universe and a reputation for being someone who can get things done even if the means sometimes outshine the ends. Admittedly she is a bit stiff and lacking in personal connections, but I forgave it because it’s a legitimate decision that she has made and we do see that change over the course of the story though slowly. The only times we see her really let loose are in combat situations, and she is fairly sarcastic which is always a plus. Angela is Tanis’ AI, and she’s like a sassy and more opinionated version of Jiminy Cricket. I really like the pair these two make, and it almost makes me wish I had an AI to make rude quips when I do something stupid.
This turned out to be an excellent story for audio, and the narrator Khristine Hvam was fantastic. She really captured Tanis and Angela’s personalities perfectly.
I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of this series in the future and other books that M.D. Cooper has written!