Parting Shadows (Toccata System Book 1) by Kate Sheeran Swed

This is the first book in the Toccata series.

Raised by a heartsick AI, she’s programmed to kill. And desperate to flee.

After growing up on an isolated space station, Astra dreams of solid ground. But with an AI guardian plugged into her head–and her nervous system–it’s not like she’s flush with choices. In fact, she’s got just one: use her training to carry out the rogue AI’s revenge. Her first mission? Assassination.

When her target flashes a jamming device that would guarantee her escape from the AI’s grasp, Astra sets out to steal it. But the AI’s plans are more dangerous than she suspected. Corrupted by heartbreak, the wayward computer is determined to infect the star system with a new order of digital tyranny.

Astra’s been raised to care for no one but herself. Now she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to trade the star system’s freedom for her own.

This book was an enjoyable read with a good storyline.

Astra was a good character. You can sympathise with her situation and her upbringing. I also liked Henry.

The AI aspect was interesting to read and it’s point of view chapters offered a good insight. Those chapters didn’t grab me as much as Astra’s did though and at one point I struggled to realise whether it was talking about the past of present. It could have been made more clearer.

The storyline was good and the plot developed well. I think the length was just right as well. The world building was good as well woth good descriptions. You can really picture the scene in space.

Overall, I would recommend this story.

My rating: 4/5*

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