"Degree of Resistance" was interesting and intriguing, but it's definitely the first in a series. The romance between Evie and Ben takes a major backseat to setting up the world, establishing the players, and introducing the Real Problem. Those who are looking for romance with sci-fi should take note that this is more sci-fi with a core of romance. Definitely more urban fantasy in feel, although I suspect that the next book will have different main characters rather than following Ben and Evie.
There's a lot of fascinating characters that I can't wait to see more of, to the point where I almost felt like the main couple got overshadowed. Compared to the other stories I've read by this author, Degree of Resistance is also quite a bit darker and with a lot more dramatic betrayal with a side of apocalypse now.
It's personally not precisely my cup of tea, but I can see fans of urban fantasies eating this up and wanting more.
A perfect society hiding a terrible secret. A betrayed man condemned to mindless slavery. A woman determined to set him free.
Freelance tech Evie Contreras belongs to the Employee class of the Pacifica Protectorate, the “perfect society” that rose from the ruins of the West Coast. But Evie knows about Pacifica’s festering core and the secrets that keep it in power. And when she discovers that Pacifica has turned her fiancé Ben into a cyborg soldier/slave, she will risk everything to rescue him.
Saving Ben is the first step in a deadly game between Pacifica and a shadowy resistance group known as Rubicon. In return for Rubicon’s help, Evie must retrieve a hidden artificial intelligence that may hold the key to protecting Earth from a deadly new disaster.
Assuming the protectorate doesn’t find Evie first…