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Far Removed - The Apidecca Duology, Book 1

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C B Lansdell
Amy Jensen, Christopher Tester
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Title Synopsis:

On the moon of Knyadrea, the sea yields intelligent life. For a species shaped by tides, change is the only constant.

Little can be hidden in the glare of a spotlight.

Charismatic and innovative, Oklas Sayve has risen to prominence in Apidecca, the moon's capital city. A politician and college director, he has the resources to effect the changes he envisions for the world. But the sovereigns he serves oppose him at every turn and his status cannot protect the low-strata students attending his college. After a young knyad is wrongly linked to insurgent activity, Oklas must find a way to smuggle her out of the city while hiding his involvement from the authorities.

A spark in the dank depths.

Below the grand Assembly Chambers, a knyad in a mask sculpts, grasping for scraps of beauty in her shrinking world. Years ago, Prismer made a costly mistake and now has only her job at the projection booth and a few special interests to fill her days. But it is not her sculptures that draw the attention of a powerful client, and she is soon met with a request to undertake a dangerous mission. Will she answer the call and risk losing the little she has left?

Mysteries surface. A supernatural substance is used in corrupt ways. As identities shift and predicaments are reshuffled, what alliances might be forged?

Author Bio:

Mountains, sea and urban sprawl: these are as much a part of imaginary worlds as the place where Coe Lansdell lives, at the tip of Africa. Her dogs ensure she is exercised daily. Encounters with birdlife and fynbos on weekends are essential to her creativity. For best results, she should be left to soak in a rock pool at least once a month. Most days, she can be found in her home office, wearing her headphones to drown out the howling southeasterly wind. A textbook illustrator of over a decade, she conceptualized and painted the cover illustration for Far Removed.

Author: C B Lansdell

Narrator: Amy Jensen, Christopher Tester

Copyright: 2023 Coe Lansdell

Running Time: 09:39:02

ISBN: 9781959162322

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  • 5
    A must have for sci-fi fans!

    Posted by MY on Dec 6th 2023

    "You never ask for help Dy…this is for someone else, isn’t it?” Far Removed is the first book in the Apidecca Duology and the debut book of author CB Landsdell. When a dangerous mission leads two characters with different backgrounds to meet, they find the journey is more than leading a young recruit to safety, but to face the harsh reality of their society, and without prior notice discover a friendship they didn’t expect. Writing a review has taken a lot more consideration than I thought. This book reads differently from the other books I’ve read this year, so that played in part. From the beginning, I found Prisma to be a deep thinker. Her body had not just gone through modifications, but she has to live with the stigma brought by her past. Though she likes to do her own thing, I found her character innately strong. We see this in her private hobbies, sometimes left alone. Her own opinions about politics are firm, and she’s not afraid to be honest while being careful of what consequences it might lead to. Oklas is also easily a likable character, despite what he goes through, his optimism and love for brainstorming and engineering haven’t changed. I also found Illanu super sweet. Her curious mind stuck out to me when she was with Rosha and Prisma in the beginning. There was a lot of dialogue for my taste, but the dialogue felt more like a play, everything that was being said was hinting something, and Lansdell wove those words well, as it kept my attention. When it came to the character’s inner thoughts, the prose was poetic and raw. I can really see this book being picked up at a high school or college where students can digest the words and interpret the meaning and perspective of each character. Another thing I want to mention that’s in the book is how the first pages introduce lovely designs of the Knyadrea, and its rotation. I saw very quickly that much thought, research, and love was poured into his book. The descriptions and world-building were vivid, to the point where I was protective of Prisma and the burden she carries both inside and physically. If you’re a fan of sci-fi with dystopian elements, power-hungry influencers, and complex but rich friendships, you have to read this book! The narrators of this audiobook wonderfully told the story of each perspective. I listened to it in pieces, it was easy to get caught up right where I left off. They sounded exactly how I imagined Prisma and Oklas sounded. More so the voice of other characters easily stood out from one another. It was like a whole cast from just two narrators!

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