Nebula’s Music by Aubrie Dionne
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: Short (76 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lavender
Each note brings her one step closer to the truth.
When the cyborg Nebula plays the piano she experiences memories from a time before her creation. These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins.
Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebula was made. He’s vowed to avenge his finance’s death and rescue her sister from the Gryphonites, a fierce race out to enslave the galaxy.
Nebula grapples with her identity and how much of who she is comes from someone else’s past. She is not the woman that died, yet she is undeniably drawn to Radian.
Together Nebula and Radian seek to rescue his fiancé’s sister and end the Gryphonites’ cruel reign. But can Radian learn to love again and can Nebula accept a past made from someone else’s memories?
Nebula’s Music by Aubrie Dionne is a wonderful short story, and I really enjoyed it. Firstly, I’m a fan of romance, and there is a romance here, an unconventional one, but satisfying just the same.
Secondly, I enjoy a good science-fiction story. Nebula’s Music is terrific in this regard, sure to satisfy many sci-fi fans. I like Star Trek, among other stories of this genre, and I was drawn right into Nebula’s Music. The descriptions throughout are great. They’re vivid and create a believable futuristic world.
Another thing I appreciated was that this story was well written. It has a poetic opening: “Nebula’s fingers struck the keys of the Steinway and a cascade of chords tinkled down like falling stars.” As a musician, I loved it. I wish I had Nebula’s ability to download musical talent into my brain! The musical aspects were woven into the tale with expertise - artistic and lovely.
Nebula meets Radian, a member of a rebel group. Instantly, sparks happen between them. She, a cyborg, looks exactly like the woman Radian lost, and there’s a good reason for that.
Nebula becomes more and more human throughout the story, and it is well done and plausible.
Then there’s the adventure on another planet, in a hidden city. The ensuing adventure is entertaining and isn’t written for the sake of action alone. There is a higher purpose and an exciting attempt to help enslaved people. Can Nebula and Radian succeed and then rally earth to their cause? Well, during the course of events, Nebula’s heroic nature comes out. She and Radian are quite likeable, as is this story. I’d recommend it.