Prossiaby Raphyel M. Jordan
Series: Prossia #1
Published on May 25, 2010 by Xlibris Corporation
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Where were you, when you had to grow up?
For a seventeen-year-old Goolian named Aly, it was on another planet called Argutas, a world where she had to "adjust" in order to fit her new surroundings. Daydreaming got replaced with nightmares. Sparring got replaced with killing. Singing to adoring crowds in her father's store turned into shouting for cover. This is what fighting in the war has given Aly, ever since her tribe was drafted. This is the sacrifice she makes while defending galactic order against the Cyogen.
However, there's a danger lurking right among the allies and friends Aly has sworn to protect. It's worse than any Cyogen weaponry, or any being known in the galaxy. It's wrath has the potential of crumbling enemy forces, and bringing allied troops to their knees.
That danger is Aly, herself, and the best part is this: she doesn't even know it. The people she trusts the most are secretly monitoring her condition on the battlefield, and there's no telling what they might be willing to do if Aly accidentally unleashes the power that might jeopardize the safety of everyone around her. Then again, these are the same family and friends who are oblivious to the role they play in an even larger conspiracy blinding the entire known world.
Prossia is the first science fiction novel I’ve read not centered around humans. I was hesitant when accepting to review it as I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to relate to the characters. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised at how developed and relatable the characters really were. Aly is a Goolian any reader can follow, a Young One with problems of both a basic and galactic nature. I enjoyed her interactions with her companions, especially Catty who, despite differences between the two, is really a good friend.
The novel is filled with vivid descriptions and action scenes that keep the reader on edge. However, I found the dialogue somewhat awkward. I understand that it would be different from regular speech but as I was reading it pulled me away from the story more than anything. It was one element I couldn’t get used to. Other than that, Jordan keeps the reader enthralled with an adventure to span the galaxy.
I found Prossia to be an interesting read. Science fiction isn’t my absolute favorite genre but I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to a whole new world, meet a Goolian or two, and go on quite the adventure. There is some language and violence but Prossia is suitable for young adults and up.