What I loved the most about The Rule of Luck was the way Cerveny was able to balance the romance and science fiction genre. I normally stay away from the romance genre, but if this is what I have to expect, then where has it been my whole life?? Suffice it to say, I’ve already begun the process of making the sequel a home on my bookshelf.
It is the Year 2950 and the world has drastically changed. Wars, climate change, and instability has resulted in OneGov taking control. The advance of technology has risen to meet the challenge in order to save the human population. Felicia Sevigny has made her fortune reading Tarot Cards. Until one day in her shop she comes across an offer that is too good to refuse. Alexei Petriv strides in and offers her more money that she can imagine to read his cards, but the answers she finds in them not only spell danger for him, but also for herself.
Can I just confess that I am absolutely intrigued by Tarot Cards? I had a set when I was younger and I tried to learn the artform, but I lacked the dedication and patience. Unfortunately that’s still true today, but reading The Rule of Luck soothed my pain.
What do I look for in a book?
A dynamic heroine – check! Felicia is fantastic, not only because she stands her ground, but because she has a lot of awful things thrown at her, but her spirit is resilient and she rises to the challenge.
Believable relationships – check! The chemistry between Felicia and Alexei is electric. I love their banter and the ways in which they challenge each other’s demons.
Thematic wins – double check! I can’t talk about all the themes without ruining it for you, but the ways Cerveny tackles issues of fate, luck, and the ethics of modern technology elevates this book for me singlehandedly. The book is a beautiful genre mix where there are these very real issues, mixed in with simmering romance.
An interesting setting – check! I loved the picture of the future we get, not because it’s 100% amazing and wonderful, but because it seems real. There’s a very difficult talent to balance a futuristic world and not get too overhanded or carried away.
Suffice it to say, this book was an absolute homerun for me and if you’re interesting in a fascinating SF story with some steam, then this should be on your list!
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
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