Translucid, by Zen DiPietro


What if you woke up knowing how to do your job, but not your own name? What if you had to rely on other people to tell you who you were? What if you thought they were wrong? Emé Fallon is the security chief of Dragonfire Station, and does a damn good job of it. That’s where her competence ends. Outside of work, she has a wife she doesn’t know, a captain who seems to hate her, and a lot of questions that don’t add up. Without a past, all she has is the present, and she’ll stop at nothing to ensure she has a future.

The Good: I’m not the biggest romance fan, but the interactions between Emé and her wife left me quite satisfied. Their relationship easily asks questions about what it’s like to love someone, and how our actions can be influenced by societal norms. When romance is done well, it’s worth reading. Even the stodgiest reader will enjoy the light sci-fi romance in Translucid.

The Bad: Holy chapter length Batman! Five chapters? With scene breaks? Come on, make these chapters more digestible. I see no reason why a chapter has to be over an hour to read. Especially since there were plenty of scene breaks that could’ve easily been chapter breaks.

The Beautiful: Did I mention that this is a totally kick-ass sci-fi adventure? I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next. The ending didn’t wrap everything up completely but was written in such a way that I was satisfied with it. I’m totally looking forward to the next book in the series, Fragments, about a month away.

The Final Word: Translucid is such a great story, I’m glad I requested it on NetGalley. It’s been said before, but this is a mash up of Star Trek DS9 and Total Recall. Part science fiction, part mystery, and all adventure. I knocked out Translucid in about 48 hours. The LGBT elements are there, but they’re light, so anyone can read this story and enjoy it as much as I did. As of the writing of this review, Translucid is only $0.99 on Amazon. Get it. Right. This. Minute.


Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, writer, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Being an introvert gets in her way sometimes, as she finds it hard to make idle chitchat or stay up past 9 p.m. On the other hand, it makes it easy for her to dive down the rabbit hole of her love for books, stories, movies and games.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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