Book Review – The Girls From Alcyone by Cary Caffrey
Series: The Girls From Alcyone
Copyright December 2016, July 2017 by d c mallory
Where does the changing of the DNA of a human life form lead us in the grand scheme of things in our deliberations between science and the Creator? What can be expected of those leaders who are supposed to watch out for us, but allow us to be sold into bondage at the first opportunity? Why is the life of those who live on the apocalyptic earth in the 24th Century so dismal? Can it truly be there is nothing left to live for? Nothing left to make us want to continue, despite own terrible our lives my be? Well, in the case of The Girls From Alcyone, there is more; there is one hell of a love story between two girls from earth who grow to womanhood together and realize that having each other is the most important thing in the world!
In the 24th Century on Earth, all is doom and despair. Even the weather is gloomy and dismal, rain being the dominant weather trait. Everything that was ever good about the planet has been lost, and those that have not fled to other planets in the various solar systems that are flung throughout the galaxy are either too poor to leave, or are so filthy rich that they can live in the finest parts of what is left of the planet.
Then there are those corporations which prey on the children of those parents whose lot in life is at rock bottom. Most of the children sold into bondage by their parents would be better off dead; we always have need of sex slaves and factory workers, and the younger the better. Those corporations that would buy the children do not have the youngsters best interest at heart, and when they are used up those in charge can always throw those children away and buy more. Despite how bad things are on Earth, there are no shortage of children, nor of the parents who would cast them aside for thirty pieces of silver.
But, there are those very few and far between children that are special, those children who have the right mix of genes that corporations would kill for.
The Kimura Company has found that a very small percentage of female children have exactly the right type of genes that lend themselves to be changed through a process of changing the DNA makeup of these genes through a combination of gene-splicing and other biological and combinant hardware updates that radically enhance the girl’s abilities; strength, speed, endurance, and other physical traits to the point of making them into super humans. On top of that, they are able to be augmented with the latest technologies that allow them to sense what dangers around them and how to react to the dangers. In this, Sigrit is one of the lucky girls.
Sigrit’s parents are approached by Dr. Garrett of the Kimura Corporation. This Corporation is interested in acquiring Sigrit for their program, even though the girl is very small and weak for her age. The parents, who are at rock bottom, quickly agree. What is it to them if their daughter has to work the rest of her life to pay off the debt that is owed when the money for the girl is given to them? After all, the girl can never achieve anything on her own and is nothing more than a burden to her parents; they will be better off with the girl gone. And, while one might think the girl would look back on being sold and hate her parents for what they did to her Sigrit, to her credit, apparently does not hold a grudge. Me? I’d spend the rest of my life hoping they burned in hell for all eternity, and do my best to make sure I helped them on their way to greet the devil. I guess it’s a good thing this story isn’t about me.
So Sigrit soon finds herself on Alcyone, a small planet in the middle of nowhere, in a “special school” where they will teach her many things, both physical and psychological. She is put in with a number of other gifted girls who are also in the enhancement project. From day one at the school Sigrit finds her small size makes her a target of the others. They are punished along with Sigrit when she is too slow at running laps, or not able to hold her own in fight training or other physical activities. This leads a group of bullies, led by the prime bitch of the bully squad, Sara, to pick on Sigrit incessantly. Because of the abuse, Sigrit begins to curse the day she was ever sent to this school and, for the most part, her life at the school is miserable. And yet all is not lost.
There is a girl named Suko. Suko has a good heart, and since she is much larger than Sigrit and the other girls, Suko makes looking out for the smaller girl her purpose in life; she sees something in the smaller girl that makes her want to keep her safe. Whenever she can she protects her friend as well as she is able to, and for the most part, Sigrit is safe with Suko looking out for her. The companionship between the two grows more with each day, and the two become nearly inseparable. When Sigrit is running far behind the others, Suko is running right by her side. When Sigrit has tasks to finish before the girls can eat, Suko prods her into going faster so her abuse at the hands of the others will be less severe. No matter the issue at hand, Suko sticks by Sigrit, never getting mad at her or losing faith in her.
As the years go by, the girls continue to receive their DNA treatments, and when they are teenagers they have the computer hardware augments added to them to work along side with the continued gene-splicing procedures. The Girls from Alcyone are slowly becoming something more than other people outside the Kimura Corporation are comfortable with, and those people and companies begin to think something must be done about the project before it is too late to stop it. There are several attempts on the girls, both as kidnap victims or, that being unsuccessful, then as victims of assassinations.
Even with the new attempts on the girls, life continues on for them, both in training and physical upgrades. By now the original group of girls have been relocated into a new annex on Alcyone and a new group of young girls take over the old barracks left behind by this group. In the new annex, each girl finds they have their own room, and it’s not long before Sigrit and Suko find out that their bond has turned into more than just a deep friendship. They spend many a night in the company of each other, exploring the possibilities open to them as far as their bodies are concerned, and are quite happy with what they find in each other. But, while they have found each other, they realize all too soon it just wasn’t meant to last as they are not in control of their destinies.
As the girls have been trained to be superior bodyguards and assassin’s, and their training has now been completed, it is time for some of the girls to move on, fulfilling the purpose of their training. Sigrit, the first girl to be given a “contract,” is assigned to Hiroti Kimura, the CEO of the Corporation which ran the program. Despite Sigrit’s diminutive size, she has turned out to be the best of the group as far as her abilities and is now truly a forced to be reckoned with. For this reason, Sigrit is to be Hiroti-san’s personal bodyguard. Unfortunately, this means that Sigrit must leave Alcyone behind her, and worse, she must leave Suko. It is not until Sigrit is on a ship headed for her new home that she finds she truly misses Suko, and figures out that not only does she love Suko as a friend, but she is In Love with her friend. She makes a vow to find her way back to her lover.
So when big trouble hits the Kimura Corporation, Sigrit is drawn back to Alcyone to find Suko. When she arrives on the planet all she find is an empty shell covered in destruction. Suko, who stayed on Alcyone to train the new girls figuring that this would be the first place Sigrit would look for her should she seek her, is gone along with almost everyone who was on the planet; Those who were not gone are dead. Sigrit does not know what took place, but she knows that since she did not find her lover among the dead, she will search until she finds Suko, and then spend her life with her lover, no matter what lies in her way.
The search for Suko leads Sigrit and her new crew to a far away planet which is about to be under attack by a Conglomerate of Corporation’s warships. With Sigrit and her crew going in the back door, and the invasion force going in the front, those inside the underground building are in for a world of hurt. This includes Suko and a number of new girls who are being held captive.
The Girls From Alcyone is a good read and a some what wild ride. While some might not think of this as a great book, I have read it many times. I gave this book a rating of 4 stars. Yes, yes, it is hard to believe that I gave a book a good rating considering how I’ve trashed far more books than I’ve praised. The book starts off slow, but there is enough going on that it doesn’t seem to be unbearable or hard to continue reading. As the story progresses, more and more action takes place. The rescue of Suko and the new batch of young girls takes place in a world-wind of battle, and tests Sigrit’s faith in the loyalty of her new crew as well as in her own self. But, even with the conspiracies, treachery, and action, the bottom line is this; I’m a sucker for true love. And when the lovers are both female? Yee Haw! Sign me up. So for Action, Adventure, and true love, check out The Girls From Alcyone – I suspect you won’t be sorry you picked this book up.