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My name is Ava Mendoza, and I am a species traitor.

They came hoping to find a new home after their own planet was destroyed, but Earth was dying as well, and most humans saw their arrival as an invasion. Now, two decades later, the Veilorians have been banished to the District, a fenced-in area on the outskirts of the last known livable land on Earth. Most people do their best to pretend they don’t exist, but not everyone. There are humans, like my cousin, who see them for what they are. Despite the threat of disownment, she married a Veilorian, and now she, too, lives in the District.

Even before I met Finn, I was determined to stand up for what was right, but from the moment I laid eyes on him, we had a connection I’ve never experienced before. But with the election of a new and radical mayor on the horizon, tensions are high, and people are calling for change. They want to make my cousin’s marriage illegal and punish any human who goes into the District, but I refuse to back down from this fight. No matter the cost.

©2020 Kate L. Mary (P)2020 Kate L. Mary

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Dystopian Triller

Wow that was riveting and heart wrenching as well. If the world becomes that jaded to other life then I hope that I’m not still alive😬. Amazing writing and narration was fantastic as well. There is one heck of a cliffhanger and I hope book two is coming to audio soon! If dystopian books are your genre then you definitely need to hear this audiobook. The feelings going through me are all jumbled, all I can say is wow, this would make a fantastic movie! I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this audiobook and this is my honest opinion of the book. Heather Firth rocks this audiobook!

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post Apocalypse lovers dream

the characters of this book are inviting real and warm. they Tickle your sense of emotion and bring new feelings to life in a world that has been destroyed. The Narrator is perfect for this book and keeps you on your toes. had to buy the sequel on kindle am happy will buy audible when available.

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Star-Crossed & Earth Bound- totally heaven sent!

I received this book via a promo code and this is my voluntary review. Having recently completed the Outliers series which is also based in this Universe I was excited to catch up with another group of heroes from Sovereigns lost twin city, Polis. Here we join Ava, Ione, and Finn and her cities slow creep towards annihilating the alien refugees from Veil even at the cost of their own demise. Not a fan of Apocalypse/Dystopian genres??? This is more like a Science Fiction. If you liked Syfy's Defiance or the Netflix show Star-Crossed you are going to LOVE this series. It's the end of the world and they know it but the main trait that humans seem to have clung to through the centuries is their fear, hate and prejudice. Ione has just married an alien, even at the risk she knows means she will be disowned by her parents, and means her new life will be spent in imprisonment in the District with Rye. Ava refuses to abandon her cousin, despite the growing civil unrest but this story is kicked into high gear when the political powers change and do everything they can to make Ione's marriage illegal, and the mixed Veilorian&human children are Veronica Water's biggest fear, that humans, given their declining birthrates and ill health from radiation, small genetic population and limited space, will be outbred by these alien visitors. The fear of outsiders is something we know only too well, and instead of immigrants or people of another race, in this tale they are children from a different solar system. Thankfully Ava does not share their views, despite that she still finds herself facing opposition from within the District as half-human Veilorian Finn does not like humans, and dislikes his cousin's marriage to Ione. His attraction to Ava, takes them both by surprise. Torn between human District Guard Dean, and her growing feelings for Finn, Ava knows the time is coming soon for her to choose a side. Secrets revealed about her family history reveals that she's got more skin in this game than she ever imagined before. Her father had been branded a species traitor long before she looked into Finns Citrine eyes and felt her heart skip a beat. I won't go into much more detail but this book was soooo good I immediately purchased the ebook boxset so I could read Species Savior. Heather Firth and Kate L Mary are a magic combo that could keep me lost in imaginary worlds for weeks.

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Definitely up to the author's usual high standard. Hopefully there will be a book 2!

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Chilling and exciting

This book took my breath away, and had me on the edge of my seat. The idea of a politician manipulating the masses through scare mongering and false news is nothing new, but chilling and terrifying and a great plot basis, it had me cheering the under dog on! FMC Ava was incredibly strong and brave, willing to stand up for what she believes, despite her hard home life, she is the perfect match for Finn, letting him see there is more to life than hate. What a cliff hanger to leave the book on, it had me desperate for the next book to see what will happen to Ava and the Veilorians, Heather Firths narration was great. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Dawn L.
  • 01-10-20

I liked it

I received a free audio book from the author. I liked this story. I read fast and listen fast as well....sometimes things get boring. This book kept my attention. The narrator was good and not annoying.

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  • Tina Gundy
  • 20-09-20

Fantastic- can't wait for the second book!

Species Traitor (A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is the start of another fantastic series for this duo! I loved this one! Highly recommend if you enjoy sci-fi with a mix of romance and dystopia, or are a fan of Kate’s work. What’s it about? The story revolves around Ava, who is a human, and Finn, who is half-alien and half-human. Ava only wants to see her cousin who lives in The District as she is married to a Veilorian (aliens). Tensions are rising as new political candidates rise to power and humans struggle to live for various reasons. The story unfolds as the book progresses with no repeat dialogue. You get a good amount of fairly fast-paced action, great world building, great characters (good and bad), a bit of mystery, friends and enemies, family dynamics, and plenty more that will keep you glued to the book. You’ll be rooting for Ava and the Veilorian’s by the end. It does end in a cliffhanger as there is another book in the series. The narrator, Heather Firth, does a fabulous job. She’s become one of my favorite narrators. Her voices are perfect, has a great pace, and adds to story. I see a review mentions too similar to what’s happening in the real world- yes you may feel there are some parallels, but that could be said about many books. Overall, I highly recommend as it’s a great story and I can’t wait to hear the ending. Parental guidance/trigger warnings: branding, violence/hatred against the aliens and species traitors, death, hunger, pregnancy, kissing and sex indicated (not graphic), and other like situations that would arise in a dystopian society. Language used: Fx11, Sx21, damn x7, hell x44.

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  • Mikky
  • 06-09-20

Too Reminiscent Of The Real World

* I received a free copy of the audio book of this novel from Audiobooks Unleashed. All opinions in this review are my own. This book is too reminiscent of the real world and I would like more fiction than reality in my books, thanks! On a more serious note, the world-building was so, so, so good. The best part was that the info-dumps were minimal. Everything was introduced as it became relevant. I think there have been a handful of characters that I despise like I did Dean. He was a bigoted, petty, thirsty lil' b*tch who deserves h*ll to be rained on him for his misdeeds. I was just annoyed that it took Ava 7 hours into the audio book for her to realize that something was off with him considering what he was telling her was contrasting with his actions. Ava was frustratingly naive and dense at crucial times and it did detract quite a bit from the story. Though I liked how she fought for what she perceived as right and how strong her moral compass was. I also applaud her for jumping into a fight knowing she'll lose to protect someone she believes should have a right to live free. The most frustrating thing about her though was her turning a blind eye on Dean's actions for SO long. I swear there were moments where I thought my eyes would permanently roll to the back of my head and get stuck there. Finn was very standoffish and stubborn in his dislike of humans from the beginning. I didn't adore him right off the bat but he did grow on me, almost like a fungus some would say. What I can tell you is that he did not, in any way, deserve to be part of a love triangle featuring Dean. There's just no competition there. I found the love triangle pointless in this story because there was already so much going on in the background that we didn't need drama being added to the story. The ending was so disappointing. I was aware that it would end in a cliffhanger, but that cliffhanger was so annoying. Even if I didn't know I would have seen it coming from a mile away. I haven't gotten this fired up over a novel in a long time! I usually read to relax and let me tell you that the last thing on my mind was relaxing while I was listening to this novel at 11pm. I don't even know if I want to read the second book in this series at this point in time. The Audio Book: The narration was great! All the characters were distinguishable from each other and there were no weird noises in the background.