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Book Review: Halcyon (The Complex Series) by Demelza Carlton

Halcyon (The Complex Series)
by Demelza Carlton
December 10, 2016
168 pages
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Unlimited Chaos.

Catch a siren. Stop the storm. Whatever the cost.
Allie, sick of war and grief, signed up as a lowly maintenance worker for the Complex in the hope of securing a lasting peace between the Metas and Humans. However, the girl has her own secrets, not least of which is her assignment from the Lorn government to monitor the Complex for signs of a suspected saboteur.
Galen, the only survivor of the Poseidon shipwreck, didn't join the Complex for peace. He wants vengeance on the siren Halcyon, the mysterious Mer whose terrorist tactics single-handedly killed more humans than any other Meta. His sources say that Halcyon is on Lorn, and he'll happily kill every Mer in the Complex until his parents' murderer is dead.
Can they catch the terrorist before the Complex is destroyed?

A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Unlimited Chaos.

After a brutal war between Humans and Metas an uneasy truce is declared in the Seldova solar system. At the conclusion of the treaty signing, the Complex is created on the lone planet, Lorn. The Complex is a blended community of Humans and Metas, all sent to test the waters of a more peaceful existence between the two races. Living under a domed community can only mean one thing for the Humans and Metas. Chaos.

The Complex Series is a multi-author sci-fi romance series with several installments. Each book takes place in The Complex, a man-made microcosm on planet Lorn. The Complex, a social experiment of sorts, consists of several different domed environments. Following years of war, humans and Meta (paranormal creatures) have been voluntarily thrust together by the government to test a tenuous peace treaty. Books within The Complex Series can be read in any order.

Allie and Galen are both employed by the Intra, the administrative body overseeing The Complex. And while both have entered their employment voluntarily, they each harbour a secret. Allie is working undercover to ensure peaceful relations within the complex. Simultaneously, Galen surreptitiously plots to threaten the peace and root out the siren, Halcyon, he deems responsible for the death of his family. Neither expect to find love within the complex; a love that seriously complicates their individual agendas.

I adore the fantastic and varied possibilities present in the sci-fi genre, throw in some romance and I’m sold. I love the concept of this series; both as a sci-fi alternate reality and as a multi-author project. I find the collaborative writing concept very cool, though likely somewhat limiting. For its part, Halcyon is a quick and engaging read. Descriptions are vivid and the characters are likeable. There’s also unmistakable modern day social and political commentary embedded within the ideas of Halcyon and the Complex, which makes the book a little more substantial. The plot is very predictable, though I was still pleasantly entertained throughout.

4 sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. 
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. 

Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all. 

Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. 

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The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

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