*36:00:00* The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am. My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place. And I am a genetically engineered human bomb. Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend. Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.
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What worked: I totally loved this coming of age story of Lia who isn't sure if she is in fact human or not. Face it, it's hard to be sympathetic to a suicide bomber and at the beginning that's all the reader sees of Lia. She's emotionless and driven to complete her task on detonating on the station and killing thousands of innocent civilians. Then she malfunctions and a former childhood friend recognizes her. This is when the tension( her internal time bomb starts ticking on and off again) really begins.
Lia is confused but also a survivor. She's not sure if in fact she is human. Is she a clone of the 'real' Lia? Or a genetically engineering bomb? Lia's memories surface at little things like a smell which only confuses her more.
I loved the suspense, tension, conflict, and even the hint of a romance. Lia feels so many emotions but it's at the climax of the story and a what-the-heck reveal that puts all the pieces of this puzzle together into one amazing conclusion. There's twists and turns throughout this story that just when you think you've figured out what Lia is and what she's fighting against? You find out something new.
Author does a great job of taking an otherwise unsympathetic heroine(in this case readers aren't sure if she's a suicide bomber or not) and digs deep to reveal a mind boggling truth. Mostly though, this is a story of one girl's faith-faith in believing in a cause of saving humanity but mostly in herself. Powerful ending! A total must read! Can't wait to read the next book in this series!
2. Edge of your seat thriller where the heroine's head is literally ticking down.
3. Twists and turns throughout story that end in a mind shattering conclusion
4. But mostly a story of a girl's faith-faith in believing in a cause of saving humanity but mostly in herself