Title: Phase Shift (Chaos Station #5)
Author: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 207
Zander and Felix’s relationship has always pushed boundaries—personal and professional alike—but their love and commitment is stronger than ever. So strong that Zander’s ready to ask commitment-shy Felix the question of a lifetime when he’s interrupted. The Chaos is being hacked, and crucial, top secret information about the project that created Zander—and his fellow super soldiers—has been leaked.
Neither man could have expected the enormity of what’s discovered at the end of the data trail: an entire colony of super soldiers run by the very doctor who changed Zander’s life forever. And now she needs them both—Zander to train her new crop of soldiers, and Felix’s new crystalline arm to stabilize their body chemistry.
With help from the unlikeliest of allies, Zander, Felix and the Chaos crew must destroy the project and all its ill-gotten information. But when the team is split up and Felix is MIA after a dangerous run, galactic disaster is a very real possibility…and Zander may have missed his chance to ask for forever.
Zed handed him a protein bar. “Take a break. Come watch the sunset with me.”
Despite the fatigue pulling at his limbs and thoughts, Felix smiled. He’d almost forgotten Zed liked to watch the sky—what he called the real sky—from far below the atmosphere. While Felix preferred to observe planets through a view screen, Zed had always liked to look up. How many sunrises, sunsets, eclipses and meteor showers had Zed insisted they watch from the roof of Shepard Academy? Usually it had been all of them sprawled up there on an eclectic array of blankets and cushions. Zed, Felix, Marnie, Ryan and Emma. The Fantastic Five. Their school crew. Friends from the first year to the last. Friends still—except for Emma, who lived on in their memories. Often enough it had just been Felix and Zed sprawled side by side, looking up. Watching the stars, dreaming, sometimes exchanging the simple words friends used to communicate complicated concepts.
Phase Shift hits the ship deck running and doesn’t slow down until the final chapter. Wheee! What a ride! Kristin's Full ReviewZed had spread a blanket just far enough back from the cliff edge not to experience vertigo. Even then, at school, he’d never wanted to get too close to the edge of the roof. How he could look up and not feel the same distance was beyond Felix. He sat next to Zed and looked out across the ravine. The setting sun painted the thick and hazy atmosphere with brilliant colors. Names hadn’t been invented for half of them. Felix watched, mesmerized, as the colors spread and faded, moving through various shades along the way. When the sun disappeared, he let out a long breath.
“Beautiful,” Zed provided, slipping an arm around his shoulders and pulling him close.
Zed’s thumb brushed Felix’s cheek and he leaned into the touch. If he could discount the fact they were marooned, the scene might be more than nostalgic. Might even be romantic. Zed thought it was. Felix could tell by the soft and contented hum traveling through his skin.
A spike of anxiety trickled across. Zed leaned forward. “Is that light down there?” He pointed to his left, along the ravine.
Felix blinked into the near dark. Mentally, he tried to fit what might actually be a light into their flight path. Could that be the source of the power signature Zed had detected? Was it a settlement? “Maybe.”
Bigger and smaller questions nagged at him. With the fall of night, the matter of indigenous wildlife cropped up again. They’d seen nothing but the bugs over the course of one complete cycle—about twenty-eight Standard hours—but that didn’t mean there were no larger creatures lurking out there. And what about the reason they were here? The missing Project Dreamweaver data and people other than Zed with the ability to Zone and phase-shift.
Fuck, no wonder Zed felt anxious.
Zed turned to face him, his face lit only by the small ambient glow of the beacon. “Nothing we can do about it tonight.”
“If we live to see tomorrow, maybe we should check it out.”
“We’re going to live to see tomorrow, Flick.”
“What makes you so sure?” Not that Felix doubted him, not really. Nothing had tried to eat them the night before.
“Because the galaxy has gotta be sick of trying to kill us.”
Felix let out a soft snort. “Not sure if that’s comforting or not.”
“Let’s pretend it is.”
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Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.
The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.
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