Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.
Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret—a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.
But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.
Genetically advanced, the girls from Alcyone are trained to be mercenaries by Kimura. Not only that; they are effectively an experiment in bionic engineering, the result of which is that their abilities far exceed those of normal human beings. Sigrid is eventually chosen for a special task, and as that happens, the entire project comes under threat from an unknown source. Sigrid needs to find out what is happening – as well as to protect her fellow girls from the forces that move against them. But who can she trust?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Cary creates a very complex universe in TGfA, yet manages to illustrate it in a believable manner that does not result in huge chunks of background information. I can honestly say that this is a page turner as one follows the lives of Sigrid and Suko, the two main characters, through the events that unfold around them.
In TGfA, Cary has taken science fiction by the scruff of the neck and turned it inside out, bringing a refreshing commentary on politics and gender dynamics to our bookshelves/kindles. And inoffensively so. I would gladly recommend this book to all scifi lovers out there – trust me, it’s worth it!