By: Elizabeth Bonesteel
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Series: Central Corps #2
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
This week marked the release of Remnants of Trust, the second novel in the Central Corps series by Elizabeth Bonesteel. This is a fast paced military science fiction novel that has a lot going for it. The story begins with Captain Greg Foster and Commander Elena Shaw, freshly returned from a court martial and assigned to the relatively empty Third Sector. But things aren’t quite as quiet as they assumed as the Exeter, another ship from Central Gov, is attacked by raiders. Even after the Orunmila, a PSI ship, comes to the rescue the ship is destroyed, half the crew is dead, and the captain maimed. To top it off, a traitorous saboteur is on the loose.
The book is written in third person point of view with semi-omniscience. We jump around in various characters heads, most notably at chapter changes but other times as well. For the most part we see the story through the eyes of the three captains and their second in commands, plus Elena Shaw, of course. This works in the story’s favor. However, if you don’t enjoy a book switching between characters, be forewarned.
There are a good number of characters to keep track of here. It never felt out of hand, though, and I never had any issue with keeping who’s who straight. All of the characters were very well rounded. They felt like people. Real people. Normal people. And that’s something I love about this book.
Elena Shaw is tough as nails, but enjoys practicing ballet and struggles internally with happenings both in book #1 of the series and farther in her past. Captain Shiang Guanyin of the Orunmila is a twenty nine year old captain, married, mother of five children, and currently pregnant with number six, a side of a female starship captain that isn’t often explored which Bonesteel does very well. Celik, captain of the destroyed Exeter, is now down a leg, a ship, half a crew, and bent on revenge, closure, anything to try and fix what happened. Yet Celik retains both common sense and sense of duty to what crew he has left, his captain-ness, if you will, and never turns into the single minded vengeance happy character he could have easily fallen into.
These characters, along with all the rest, are dynamic. They have personalities, hopes, dreams, and real, understandable reasons for the positions they hold on ongoing events throughout the book. None of them really felt like cookie-cutter military officers as can sometimes happen within this and similar genres.
Now, I didn’t read the first book in the series. I jumped right into the series at book two (as per normal). However, I would suggest reading the first book in the series, The Cold Between, before picking up book #2. While the immediate story isn’t at all confusing without reading the first book, there are overarching series long plots and political subterfuge that would probably benefit from starting from the beginning of the series rather than jumping right with this latest release.
In the same vein, I did have one other problem. I wasn’t exactly positive what Central and PSI were. I mean, I do understand that they have/are a military force, send assistance to colonies, etc. I just wasn’t positive if they were governments, some sort of other peace keeping organizations in space, and, if they were separate governing bodies, why they were working within the same territory. Again, this isn’t anything I can truly fault the author for as I didn’t read the first book, but I felt it was something to point out nonetheless.
Overall, I would recommend giving Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel a read. It is a highly enjoyable read. I will definitely be going back and reading the first book in the Central Corps series. If you like military sci-fi this is definitely a book for the TBR pile.
you enjoy military science fiction, you like characters with a more realistic feel
Don't Read If:
you don’t like multiple points of view, you don’t like military science fiction