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On Vox: Heroes Adrift by Moira J. Moore

Heroes Adrift
Moira J. Moore
This is (for some reason) one book I read last year but didn't review. I just read Heroes at Risk and wanted to review it, but it felt like I was skipping this book, so here goes: a review from my memory to fulfill my OCD completest tendencies. This is another series I'm addicted to where you have to get used to the heroine (and narrator) to enjoy it. She can be really obtuse about herself while simultaneously making observations about other people. Check out my reviews of book 1 and 2 if you're interested in trying it out.

The Hero series until now:
Book 1: Resenting the Hero (livejournal | vox)
Book 2: The Hero Strikes Back (livejournal | vox)

The Premise: This is the third book in the Heroes series which is about a Shield and Source Pair who protect the populace from natural disasters by channeling them away. Dunleavy Mallorough (Lee) and Shintaro Karish (Taro) have been mysteriously called to court in Erstwhile by the Empress. Lee doesn't like it, and soon she's proved correct for this reaction because the queen tasks the Pair to find one of her heirs, who was hidden away on Flatwell, one of the Southern Islands. Lee and Taro go there, only to discover that Flatwell doesn't recognize Pairs the same way that the mainland does. This means Lee and Taro have to actually earn their own money while trying to find this lost relative!

Excerpt of Heroes Adrift

******** possible mild spoilers of the earlier books from this point ********

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one, probably because when push come to shove, Lee and Taro really worked together in this book. They're both miserable, and only have each other. It's hard, particularly for Taro, because Flatwell people see him as plain and useless, not as vibrant and beautiful as he was always seen in the mainland (and in other books). The role reversal was amusing, and Lee becomes the stronger, more admired part of the Pair, much to her and Taro's astonishment. Meanwhile, poor Taro begins to question his usefulness, because in Flatwell, his skills as a Source and his pretty manners are seen as unmarketable. Only stubborn Lee continues to see him as he was seen on the mainland, which says a lot about their relationship.

This book was a little bit of a breather for me in terms of getting annoyed at Lee. I think that Lee has a habit of not speaking her thoughts out to people (because Shields are supposed to be stony), and just letting them talk, which leads to misunderstandings. I often think "Why don't you SAY that!", but no, she doesn't, she assumes they should logically realize what she's thinking and then she's surprised when they come to their own decision, because of their "talk".  Thankfully, in Flatwell, the people are a bit different from the mainland--they're less interested in what Taro and Lee are up to, and so Lee doesn't get into those situations so much. The focus is much more on just the two of them, and the results are delightful.

You could say this is sort of a transitional book, but I think the mission this Pair is on may have repercussions later on in the series. I feel like Moore is very subtly putting it into the readers heads through Lee that there's beginning to be a shift in the political climate in this world. There's also a lot of questions about if things being done the way they are now are the right way to do things, particularly in regards to Sources and Shields.

Also: This may be my favorite cover for this series so far.

Overall: A really interesting installment where Lee and Taro's roles get a little twist and there are some juicy developments in their relationship.

Buy: Amazon | Powells

Other reviews:
Angieville - a positive review
The Book Smugglers - 7-Very good

Originally posted on janicu.vox.com

Comments

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estara
Nov. 13th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
"This book was a little bit of a breather for me in terms of getting annoyed at Lee."

This!

I also get that this is consistent with her world-view but she's been with Taro quite a while now and her resistance of recognising his emotions with regards to her as anything real is starting to feel wilful.

Other than that I think she's a really good example of an unreliable narrator, because the author can show enough hints from other characters through Lee's own eyes that we can form our own impression of what's going on.
janicu
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh this is the most stubborn, self-deluded character! I want to SHAKE HER sometimes. She thinks she's so observant about other people but she's not. Of course, I love it anyway.
blodeuedd83
Nov. 13th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds cool, like the cover :)
Hm, interesting yes
janicu
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Check out the first book and see if you like it! :) Lee takes some getting used to.
calico_reaction
Nov. 13th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Moira Moore? Really? That's her real name?
janicu
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
It looks to be the same as the name in the copyright page! You're very suspicious, eh?
calico_reaction
Nov. 14th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
You bet! If it's a real name, her parents need their heads examined. :)

But the copyright page isn't foolproof: I know for a fact that Pearl North (author of Libyrinth) is a pen name for Anne Harris, but when you check the copyright page, it's copyrighted to Pearl North, not Anne Harris. :-/
mardelwanda
Nov. 14th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
I need to go back and find my Resenting the Hero book. I bought it a long time ago, started reading it, liked it, and put it aside for another book, then never went back to it. Silly of me, because I did like the narrative. Thanks for reminding me about this series.
janicu
Nov. 16th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Find and read!! I think you will like this. :)
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janicu
Nov. 18th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, yes, try this series. I'm so addicted to it!
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