Immediately striking for the strong, earthy voice of its heroine, this is the rare SF novel that features a great female lead and also transcends genres. A professional shockball player, Jory Trask is beloved by fans across Terra. Her career—and life—are threatened, however, when the truth of her heritage is revealed. In a world that loathes and fears aliens, Jory is not quite human. When her mother dies the secret is revealed, and Jory undertakes a journey to find others of her kind and take the vengeance her parents could not.

This is the best kind of science fiction, where both alien culture and humans of the future are presented with a kind of normalcy that lends credibility. Strong world-building and plenty of action will attract fans of the genre; the appealing Jory will do the rest. Her struggles as she confronts the truth of her heritage transcend genre and appeal to our own needs to know who we are and where we come from. (Aug., 336 pp., $22.95)

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Jen Talley Exum