SCIENCE FANTASY: Author Rae Elliott's work, Fractured, reads and sounds as much like fantasy as it does science fiction. I say reads and sounds because her creation exists in two forms. First, there is the completed novel, currently on sale at Amazon for $2.99 as a Kindle selection. In its second form, Fractured exists as an audio work-in-progress available as downloads through the Rae Elliot Books website link to the iTunes store. The price of the downloads is free. For those of you without an iTunes set up, there is a link for a free download of iTunes 11 for use on both Macs and PCs. The pod-casts are also available through Zune and Stitcher. Currently 11 of the 43 chapters are downloadable from iTunes, so with an audio release schedule of about one podcast per month you may have to wait a while to hear the entire novel. Your alternative, of course, is to purchase the Kindle edition from Amazon at the current bargain price. It is even more of a bargain for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, who can read Fractured for free.
The plot of the novel/ebook/audio pod-casts involves Lough, a deposed king punished for his crimes through a transformation into a brutalized android slave. Stripped of most of his memories, he embarks on a journey of moral redemption, hoping to regain his lost self. The novel explores Lough's inner battle between his two competing desires; the reclamation of his prior memories and his sense of the loyalties owed to others. I won't spoil the ending, so you'll have to read it or hear it for yourself. Click here for the Kindle edition.
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