The Rule of Luck

Catherine Cerveny. Orbit, $14.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-316-51056-1
Being lucky means never having to say you’re sorry in this sexy science fiction romance debut. Nairobi resident Felicia Sevigny lives on a near-future Earth where melted ice caps have led to flooded coasts and the centers of power are now located in Kenya and Brazil. She tells fortunes with a tarot deck inherited (over family objections) from her Romani great-grandmother. While trying to maneuver around being blocked by the world government from getting approval for pregnancy, she is swept up by Alexei Petriv, the wildly attractive heir apparent to the exiled Russian mafia, and tossed into a power struggle over human progress. Jetting around the world, Felicia confronts her hereditary ability to foretell danger, which stems from a gene that her missing mother researched and that Alexei wants to control. There’s a strong whiff of dominance and submission in Felicia’s relationships, accompanied by vivid romance; Felicia and Alexei are clearly consumed by both emotional and physical passion. Cerveny includes a variety of typical futuristic elements, such as remote-control bodies, life extension, space elevators, clones, teleportation, and flying cars, that will entirely satisfy fans of pulpy SF. Agent: Rena Rossner, Deborah Harris Agency. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/18/2017
Release date: 11/07/2017
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