Published by Tor on Oct 30, 2012
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she’d struggle with the requirement to shun these “ghosts.” She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.
As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.
But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.
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This was a great science fiction story with a strong romance element. It had an interesting premise, and was uniquely told from an alien viewpoint, the alien taking the form of a ghost of a human.
I was sucked into Elizabeth’s desire for knowledge. She had so many questions about the ghosts, and wasn’t willing to let anything get in her way, even her surprise discovery that she was actually one of the ghosts. Her drive and determination drove the story. She had a very out-of-the-box way of thinking that was refreshingly strong. Elizabeth really helped set a new standard for female heroines in science fiction.
I flew through the story, being unable to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next, and even now, I want more story. Yes the plotline ended in a rather satisfying way, but this is the type of story that I want to hear more about. The idea of it doesn’t just stop at the end of this one plot, I want to learn what happens next.
Overall, this was a strong science fiction story that featured a strong female heroine with a steamy romance element. The mystery and discovery element was the focus, and made an unusual and unique story.