[REVIEW] The Burned Bridges Protocol

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Series: N/A
 Abigail Borders
 young adult, science fiction,
 December 2014
 Giant Squid Books
Purchase: Amazon | Book DepositoryIndiebound

Seven hundred years ago, disaster forced humanity to abandon Earth. Life on the colony ship New Edinburgh is all sixteen-year-old Lilliane, the best programmer in her year at the Institute, has ever known. 
A week ago, Lilliane woke up in a life-pod. Its destination? Earth itself. Because it’s time to rebuild. It’s up to Lilliane and the four other survivors of the New Edinburgh to reclaim humanity’s ancestral home. 
Today, the life pod arrived at Lady Diana–the lunar holding station that was once the luxury holiday destination for Earth’s super-rich. It’s supposed to be a good place. A safe place. 
Not anymore. 
Today, Lady Di is a battlefield. Because while Lilliane and her friends thought they they were the only humans left, somebody else got to Lady Di first. 
And he will stop at nothing to keep Lilliane from ever getting to Earth.

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"He'd say either you're right, or you're wrong. If you're right, then he'd tell you to acquire worth. Fast. There are people who believe in you. If you're wrong, he'd tell you to quit bellyaching and get to work."
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The Burned Bridges Protocol's promise somehow reminded me of the anime series Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia) because of the whole going back to Earth after a long period of time. Both of which are heavily scifi, involves action, and a good mix of a robot (or AI) character but in a lot of ways, they are very different.

Looking at where Lilliane and the rest came from made me wish that this is not just a single book. It made me wish for this to actually be a series so that I can further explore where they came from. New Edinburgh sounds like a well established society but that of course was not really explored since that isn't the focus of this novel, the blurb clearly states the story - Lilliane's travel and landing on the lunar holding station. The story feels that there's so much more to it but sadly this book isn't a series.

Setting that aside, what I really love about The Burned Bridges Protocol is its really great pacing. It started off with Lilliane waking in the life-pod. It's very subtle and humorous. Lilliane is a very engaging heroine. She's very curious and always straight to the point. The story continuous with the establishment of the story - why they're there. AND going straight to a very exciting and thrilling action-packed fight.

The battle was a real page-turner. It feels that are a lot of things going on yet it's written well that you can easily follow through everything that's going on. This climax really just puts me on that don't-talk-to-me-for-a-moment because I literally don't want to miss a moment. It feels that if I stop for a moment, I'll miss something - I won't see what happened to one of the characters (ahh yes, it made me feel like watching a freaking sci-fi show).

Aside from its really wonderful pacing, I really fell in love with characters. At first, I wanted to set a side some of them but as I read more and more pages, I ended up loving them. Lilliane is this proud and curious programmer. Lilliane is emotionally strong and definitely my favorite girl in this book. There's also Tomain, Lilliane's twin brother. He's a mixture of comic relief and head-on drama. He threw in really funny lines but he's emotionally weak. Then there're the three Gentle Ladies: Cleo, small but brave; Hecuba, claustrophobic but physically capable with combat; and Balsaine, beautiful and witty but has fallen badly because of her desire to learn more.

The Burned Bridges Protocol is a really great read. It's heavily recommended to sci-fi readers who'd want some quick read. It's short and full of action. The world is also very interesting and the characters are very easy to love.

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What I Like: (1) the nice world building; (2) the multi-POV; (3) great development on the story; (4) how the characters feel real (especially their fears); (5) the humor (ohyes, I believe there's humor especially in the beginning); (6) the pacing; (7) the ending!

What I Didn’t Like: (1) the multi-POV (it confused me in the beginning); (2) its length (I WANT MORE!)

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Abigail is fluent in three languages, grew up in Asia, studied History in the UK, and now calls sunny Southern California her home. When not working with flowers (and daydreaming about what a ranunculus flower fairy looks like) she sings about Winnie the Pooh while baking treats like pineapple tarts and sand dollar cookies for her son, El Kiddo. She has an-going love/hate relationship with all things chocolate, although coffee will always remain her first love. She also holds graduate degrees in International Management and Special Education. 

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