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The Girls From Alcyone

(The Girls from Alcyone #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,763 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

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Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by Tealy Books (first published November 20th 2011)
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This story is highly cinematic. I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.

We follow the journey of Sigrid, a girl sold by her parents to a private corporation to alleviate their crushing debt. What that corporation plans to do with her and the thirty one other girls they've acquired, trained, and modified over a period of nine years is anyone's guess. Sigrid is the runt of the litter, so to speak, and we get to see her evolve from a bullied, always coming in last, young girl
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like sci-fi, action and adventure, this book does not disappoint. It starts when the characters are just pre-teens, and I was afraid it would end up as just another angsty YA story. But once the girls grow up a bit, and the action picks up, its one roller coaster action set piece after another till the very end...would have made a truly awesome movie!

There is some romance, but it takes a backseat to the action and intrigue. There are just too many earth-shaking things going on for the au
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh this is a FANTASTIC book! As a lesfic romance fan, I do wish there might of been more interactions between the MCs...BUT, as a sci-fi fan, I really appreciate the amazing storytelling arc, and, actually, the love interest between the MCs is more believable than nearly any other sci-fi I can remember! The attraction between the MCs is very natural, not contrived. Also, the political and scientific storylines are also very believable.

Really, this book is just amazing! Someone, or perhaps more
Just a man's point of view
This book is like going through a marathon of Avengers superheroes and Star Trek with the addition of a nice lesbian romance between the main characters.
Pure fun.
Megan EM
Yup, It's official. I loved this book. Another reviewer called it "cinematic" and I completely agree. It is fast paced and fun, set in a sci-fi future time when humans inhabit many planets. And to top it off, there are lesbian leads! A little romance thrown in but without the usual angst. I'm already reading the second book now!
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: l-books, sci-fi
Very impressive military sci-fi book with lesbian leading characters.

Not terribly deep and meaningful, but very entertaining and fast paced.
Frank Van Meer
Well, in light of my review of The Machines of Bellatrix where I wasn't really happy with the ending, I gave this one another re-read and upped my rating to 5 stars from 4.

This is such a great story. The worldbuilding is fantastic, what with all the politics and organizations. There is so much room for delicious intrigue, and the tech is top-notch, without having to rely on too fancy stuff.

What I really do like, is the weaponry. While it's sci-fi in every way, the fact it still relies on convent
Paul Steele
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A bit frustrating, because the storyline had much more potential than just three stars. However the author made too many poor decisions, in my opinion, to warrant more than that.

I liked the overall story and the direction the author chose to go. It was plausible, yet far reaching enough to engage my imagination.

What I didn't particularly care for were the seemingly random insertion of expletives and sexual scenes in the book. I'm not a prude and don't have a problem with adult themes, but they d
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Karen nudged her, offering the dress. "Here—I know you'll be a knockout in it."
Sigrid knew forty-eight ways to knock someone out, but none of them involved wearing a dress."
When the story begins, it's the year 2039 when Sigrid is nine years old and about to leave Earth to go to the planet Alcyone, more specifically to the Kimura Corporation, an academy that trains girls to become lethal warriors - also performing genetic modifications on them to accomplish it. But they're not just 'students
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really like the concept of this one. Girls who are trained to become mercenaries. Girl who kick ass. IN SPACE. Definitely appealed to me. My problem was that I knew that this was written by a man before even checking the author (I'll never make that mistake again).
There were many scenarios where the authors spent, in my opinion, too much time going over what the character was wearing and how said articles of clothing fit her body and what was accentuated. I wasn't necessary. It made
T.K. Toppin
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you discover and wonder where it's been all this time. Possibly hibernating and waiting for the right moment to present itself. Fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven, and with the right amount of tech-talk to keep the story convincing and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cary Caffrey's debut SF novel. The Girls from Alcyone follows the lives of Sigrid Novak and the other girls from a specially trained facility that "dabbles" in genetic manipulation. The ...more
So the idea in this story is pretty epic!
Tony Stark Wow

Girls genetically modified to be kick ass mercenaries. Getting the opportunity that millions of others don't get, growing up on Alcyone (a veritable paradise!) then some cool space travel and general mayhem and badassery. Sounds great doesn't it?!

I thought we'd get cool space-yness.
Space wormhole

Alas, we got little more than a glimpse at the space travel, more time was spent covering the clothes and bodies of the female cast. I think Cary was going for something like B
Roxana Chirilă
Nov 14, 2016 rated it liked it
One thing I like about "The Girls from Alcyone" is the fact that the main characters are, indeed, girls - not like in "Gone Girl", where the character in question is, in fact, a woman.

In the not-so-far future in which people land themselves in deeper and deeper debts and give away their kids to corporations, Sigrid is removed from her family (and Earth) and taken to Alcyone, a planet owned by the Kimura corporation. Having the right genes, she and several other 8-9 year-old girls can be experime
rating: 3/5

The novel started slow, Sigrid is sold by her family to the Kimura Corporation where she becomes one of many girls in one of their secret experiments. This is the typical girl taken from her home and gets genetically and technologically modified to be one cool kick-ass fighter. It takes about half the novel to get there and it was okay. The pace was sedate (with a few action-y moments in between) and, to be honest, the childhood friendship/budding romance with Suko boring.

And then mid
I thought this had an intriguing start and I was exited to read this. However it didn't quite hook me into the story as I never felt connected to the characters.
Mar 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, lgbt, kindle, free
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Melissa Hayden
By the end of the book, it was exactly what I wanted from my space operas. I am curious to see if the next book keeps up the pace that this book ended on.

*I requested to review a copy of this audiobook for an honest review from the author or narrator.

Sigrid's parents sell her to Kimura due to the debt they own. Kimura has found Sigrid has a rare genetic code, and it's perfect for their program. Sigrid grows up in the academy, taught to take care of herself and becomes stronger
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
The Girls from Alycone is a book for the sci-fi adventure lovers out there who want a story with pretty awesome tech and kick ass main characters to delve into.

The story spans a pretty decent sized time-frame and covers from when the girls are first taken in by the Kimura Corporation to when they are adults and fully functioning mercenaries, and while the book moves a decent clip it doesn’t feel rushed or glossed over. We get a good idea of the tactics used to make these somewhat unassuming girl
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
My original The Girls from Alcyone audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey is the first novel in the series by the same name. In the 24th century on Earth, the world is controlled by corporations. Trying to escape financial ruin, many sell their children to mercenary companies, such as the Kimura Corporation. Sigrid is one such child. Her parents sold Sigrid to the Kimura Corporation for the money, but little do they know that Ki
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
Audiobook review.

I have to admit that there was a point (about 3 hours from the end) where I got to a scene and just wanted to stop listening. (view spoiler)
Francis Franklin
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable space opera with space battles, combat between mechanically enhanced humans, space elevators, corporation-controlled wormholes, and so on. There are some blatant political messages too about the inhuman greed of politicians, the use of propaganda, the destruction of Earth's environment, and the idea that little girls should be afraid of the big, bad man. This last in particular - it's not a clear-cut female-male good-evil opposition, but that's the sense of it.

The story
D.M. Dutcher
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Sigrid is a child bought by the Kimura foundation to become one of the Girls of Alcyone, trained killers who might also just be the next step of human evolution. Unfortunately they also might just be the spark that sets alight a volatile universe.

Honestly, if I read this ten years ago I might have liked it better. Sigrid is sold by her parents, is taught to kill from a young age in a brutal, bullying form of training, graduates that to start to earn off her indentured servitude, and does so chee
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
That beautiful cover got my attention, and I'm glad it did. I would call this a sci-fi book, but it was more than that. These girls with a rare genetic make up were taken to an academy, and trained to be asassins. They are changed with a technological "upgrade" to their bodies, making them even more bad ass. Our main character Sigrid goes through quite a transformation from the first time she is introduced. One thing I love about this story is the relationship between Sigrid and Suko. The two gi ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Genetically advanced, the girls from Alcyone are trained to be mercenaries by Kimura. Not only that; they are effectively an experiment in bionic engineering, the result of which is that their abilities far exceed those of normal human beings. Sigrid is eventually chosen for a special task, and as that happens, the entire project comes under threat from an unknown source. Sigrid needs to find out what is happening - as well as to protect her fellow girls from the forces that move against them. B ...more
Marsha Graham
Aug 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Its a space opera written by someone who is a graphic artist who draws space opera figures. If you like space opera that was popular in the 70's and 80's - not too heavy on science (this is not Niven and Pournelle), not too much pure fiction (or McCaffery), more along the lines of those Anime cartoons only in book form, then this book is for you.

It is not a page turner (at least for me), but I was interested to see where the author was taking the story line. It was fairly believable in terms of
Pippa Jay
The good:
Despite the number of years this story is set over at the beginning, it's fast paced but full-bodied. The characters are enthralling, the technology intriguing and detailed without being overbearing and slowing the story down, and the descriptions vivid. It's also a lot of fun, with some wonderful humour amongst the action. The romance in it is sweet and touching, even in the bedroom scenes. You can't help but empathize with the two main characters, and while the story is complete in it
Critique de Book
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The good:
Despite the number of years this story is set over at the beginning, it's fast paced but full-bodied. The characters are enthralling, the technology intriguing and detailed without being overbearing and slowing the story down, and the descriptions vivid. It's also a lot of fun, with some wonderful humour amongst the action. The romance in it is sweet and touching, even in the bedroom scenes. You can't help but empathize with the two main characters, and while the story is complete in it
Roxanne Bland
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first, I thought this book would be a lot like the Ender series by Orson Scott Card, especially that portion when Ender is sent to Battle School. Turns out that's the only similarity. Once our heroine Sigrid leaves training school, the book goes in an entirely different direction. By training and by surgery, Sigrid and her "schoolmates" are made into the ultimate fighting machines, farmed out by contract by whichever corporation wants them. The story follows Sigrid and her adventures as a con ...more
Nikki Bufkin
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Includes spoilers.

I am conflicted in my opinion of this book. When it started out it reminded me of Ender's Game - space, military, academy, children being trained to be the best. While the action was good, the larger background and character development was flat. Everything goes perfect for the main character. There are no big hurdles that aren't easily overcome. I found the lesbian elements distracting and not useful to the plot.

The real give away for how I felt about this book is
Mickie Bowman
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gave a copy of this new book to my nephew who is a Science Fiction buff. His after-read comment was "awesome!" I agree with him, heartily. I'm not a fan of Science Fiction but read THE GIRLS FROM ALCYONE when a friend excitedly brought it to me. This new author is an amazing talent. His characters are addictive, his action sequences pieces of art, and his science/technical knowledge impressive. Plus, the story-line makes the read a page-turning treat. Could also be great as a graphic novel--or b ...more
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Cary is the author of the best selling Girls from Alcyone trilogy. When not staring at blank pages and blinking cursors, Cary can always be found devouring all things pop culture. Current obsessions include Jessica Jones, Lara Croft and, of course, Star Wars.

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