The Chaos of Luck

The Chaos of Luck

A thrilling new science fiction series -- perfect for fans of character-driven SF adventure. Mars, the terraformed jewel of the TriSystem, is the playground for the rich and powerful. A marvel of scientific engineering, the newly colonized world offers every luxury. For the first time in human history, the picture perfect life is possible. Felicia Sevigny's come to the Re...

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Title:The Chaos of Luck
Author:Catherine Cerveny
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Edition Language:English

The Chaos of Luck Reviews

  • Riley

    All along, I’ve been saying that the thing I liked about

    , book #1 in the

    series, is the hero – Alexi. Crime boss, lover, mover, shaker, entrepreneur, killer, visionary. What is he? Is he good? Is he bad?

    After reading

    , I still hold Alexi responsible for the success of this series. Sure, the first person saga is written from Felicia’s perspective, but the book comes alive when Alexi is in the scene. Alexi is totally alpha, strong, virile and annoy

    All along, I’ve been saying that the thing I liked about

    , book #1 in the

    series, is the hero – Alexi. Crime boss, lover, mover, shaker, entrepreneur, killer, visionary. What is he? Is he good? Is he bad?

    After reading

    , I still hold Alexi responsible for the success of this series. Sure, the first person saga is written from Felicia’s perspective, but the book comes alive when Alexi is in the scene. Alexi is totally alpha, strong, virile and annoyingly controlling and manipulative. Every time Felicia stands up to Alexi I cheer. But every time Alexi gets all tender around Felicia I melt a little. But let’s face it. Alexi is not a good person. But he totally makes this story come alive!

    is Felicia’s story though. The Tarot card reader comes off a bit flaky in this story, but with reason. I’ll explain. One minute she is pledging her eternal love to Alexi, and the next minute she goes off and does something behind his back. There are all sorts of other non-Alexi influences in her life, including a former lover and a long lost relative. They add interest to the story and they add to my frustration with Felicia. But think about it. Felicia is blessed/cursed with the luck gene. Perhaps that means she doesn’t have as much control over her life as the average person. Now think about the title of the book.

    . Felicia’s flakiness does make sense. Oh, it still bugs me, but it also give the story an edge.

    The setting has moved from a post-flood-apocalyptic, thriving Earth in book 1 to a terraformed Mars in book 2. Well, more than terraformed – moons were added, the orbit was nudged closer to the sun and gravity made nearly earth-like. This Mars is both fantastic and fascinating and would be a great book tourist destination.

    While the setting changes, several other aspects remained the same. One Gov is still the iron-fisted ruling party. One Gov may have saved Earth, but in doing so, it created a totalitarian system that monitors and controls everything from caloric intake to reproduction. There are many that think the system is stifling and believe change is needed.

    Such as the Consortium. Basically a legitimate business empire fronting a lot of questionable activities, the Consortium is headed in title by Alexi. But it is ruled in the background by the five centuries old Belikov. Between Alexi and Belikov, the Consortium is on a path to make some huge changes. The internal politics of the Consortium add the perfect element of intrigue to the story. Having read book 1, I could see that something was going to happen, but I did not guess the direction Belikov would take.

    In

    , Felicia’s reading of her Tarot cards is less than successful. She is constantly interpreting, misinterpreting and reinterpreting what she sees. Which takes me back to the word ‘chaos’ in the title. While eventually, Felicia will work it out with the cards, the seeming unreliability of them keeps the reader from discovering the answers before Felicia does. As it should be.

    There are several philosophical discussions about luck. What they come down to is the question of whether luck controls people or people make their own luck. But in

    , because Felicia has the luck gene, the discussion becomes a bit more than philosophical and takes an implied morality turn. Should the luck gene be duplicated? If it is duplicated – or passed on – what will that mean for humanity?

    Catherine Cerveny has imagined a fascinating future for mankind. Whether you think being hooked up to the CN-net 24/7 is the greatest thing since Irish Whiskey was invented, or you think the less everyone knows about you the better, you will be enthralled with the worlds in this series. On the character side, the tumultuous romance, the ever-changing plight of the heroine and intrigue around every corner make this book a 5-star read. One more thing that might interest you: in

    , there are dogs getting their fortune read.

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  • Catherine Cerveny

    I wrote it so naturally I think it's amazing.

  • Joshua Smith

    I really enjoyed this novel, the sequel to

    . This is a sequel through-and-through: mostly the same characters, continuing the existing story line, and heavily dependent on the world-building of the first novel. So definitely read the first book before you open this one.

    As with the first book, this is a cross-genre piece: part romance, part sci-fi, part action adventure. The latter two parts are strongest. The romance is a bit too formulaic and predictab

    I really enjoyed this novel, the sequel to

    . This is a sequel through-and-through: mostly the same characters, continuing the existing story line, and heavily dependent on the world-building of the first novel. So definitely read the first book before you open this one.

    As with the first book, this is a cross-genre piece: part romance, part sci-fi, part action adventure. The latter two parts are strongest. The romance is a bit too formulaic and predictable for my taste. Although even that is rescued somewhat when the action/adventure parts of the story make you realize things aren't always exactly as they appear. The middle of the book was a little slow, but then things picked up considerably and the ending felt a little too fast—so much happening all at once. There was a bit too much exposition at the end, I think. The author should trust that her readers can understand what's going on. The pieces all fell together very nicely, in a way that in retrospect made perfect sense.

    Cerveny is a talented writer. She is particularly strong when it comes to conveying the excitement of an action movie in written form. Few writers can get that same adrenaline rush a big budget Hollywood picture can bring, but this author definitely can.

    I highly recommend this novel, and am excited to read the next in the series.

  • Isa Lavinia

    TW: CHEATING

    And we're back!

    Felicia is now on Mars and everything seems to be going right for a change.

    Sure, her new tarot shop isn't as successful as it could be, and Alexei is working too much and their relationship is stressful, but otherwise things seem good.

    Until an ex-lover shows up and her luck has her feelings drawn to him, and her family from her mother's side attempts to contact her, and Alexei grows more and more distant and disturbingly possessive and controlling.

    I had a hard time w

    TW: CHEATING

    And we're back!

    Felicia is now on Mars and everything seems to be going right for a change.

    Sure, her new tarot shop isn't as successful as it could be, and Alexei is working too much and their relationship is stressful, but otherwise things seem good.

    Until an ex-lover shows up and her luck has her feelings drawn to him, and her family from her mother's side attempts to contact her, and Alexei grows more and more distant and disturbingly possessive and controlling.

    I had a hard time with this one because, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, I abhor cheating. Even if nothing happens and it's all emotional, it's still cheating.

    And the dreaded love triangle thing needs to die already!

    But the thing is, what Felicia is justifies a lot of what happens, both the good and especially the bad. It's convenient and makes me mad, but the thing is, it also makes Felicia mad, and... well, I can't get mad at that.

    What I love about this series is that a lot of failings that exist in other books: convenient events taking place, Felicia being so gorgeous and charming and everyone liking her, things always being resolved neatly... Cerveny wrote in a vital plot point that makes these all not only acceptable but expected and justified.

    So these books get a lot of leeway where other would fail.

    All this being said, I loved the plot (apart from the cheating, of course), I loved how Felicia is still clever, and sensible, and reacts like a normal person.

    I love how whenever Alexei does the usual romance alpha controlling caveman thing Felicia shuts him down and gets truly angry.

    And I love the new characters introduced (except one, but no spoilers, except to say love triangles SUCK).

    And, as with the first one, everything is resolved by the end so you can't even be mad at the things you didn't like...

    Which is frustrating, but at the same time I congratulate Cerveny for always succeeding.

    As with the first book, as soon as I finished reading it I rushed to pre-order it!

    Honestly, I can't wait for the next one in the series!

  • Rachel Chiapparine

    I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because I had to know what happens next. My personal review of the book is as follows:

    There will be spoilers for book in this review so read at your own risk if you aren't up or finished reading the book yet.

    The romance between Alex and Felicia is hotter than ever, for the most part I love them together however I started to get a little bit annoyed with Felicia for at so many points talking about how much she loves how much Alex is protective

    I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because I had to know what happens next. My personal review of the book is as follows:

    There will be spoilers for book in this review so read at your own risk if you aren't up or finished reading the book yet.

    The romance between Alex and Felicia is hotter than ever, for the most part I love them together however I started to get a little bit annoyed with Felicia for at so many points talking about how much she loves how much Alex is protective of her then she gets mad at him after he does it. In my personal opinion she knows how/who he is she can't have it both ways(I.E. In my personal opinion enjoying the "bad boy" and the perks that go with it, while still wanting him to be the "normal boyfriend").

    At the point where Felicia old flame shows up and is pretty much the perfect guy I personally felt annoyed because in real life(in my personal experience) a person is lucky to find one person who they mesh really well with relationship wise, let alone just so happen to have "the one that got away" conveniently show up, I understand that this is plotline and I understand how/why it works within the framework of the story however it still annoyed me having to watch it play out.

    I have never before had so many times as I'm reading a book that I find myself holding my breathe without even realizing it as I had with this book especially with all of the emotional ups and downs with the characters even though I had known for awhile how things would most likely end up, it was especially strong when what I knew was going to happen was layed out by one of the main characters (I can't really explain more without giving it away).

    I really enjoyed enjoyed the last few pages and I didn't guess the plot twists at the end at all. Even though I personally found the ending to be a bit too unrealistic I am still really happy for the characters and I can't wait to read the next book in the series whenever it’s released. Overall I personally rate this book a 7 and half out of 10.

  • Jennifer Brass

    I won this book in a good reads giveaway. I am usually careful to only enter for books that are first in a series. I made a mistake and entered for this book. It is a second in a series. I figured I would start reading it and if I needed to, I could buy the first book. I had no problem reading this book without reading the first book. The first few pages exsplained basically what happened in the first book. I was rather enjoying the book. I was very happy with how good the author had been doing

    I won this book in a good reads giveaway. I am usually careful to only enter for books that are first in a series. I made a mistake and entered for this book. It is a second in a series. I figured I would start reading it and if I needed to, I could buy the first book. I had no problem reading this book without reading the first book. The first few pages exsplained basically what happened in the first book. I was rather enjoying the book. I was very happy with how good the author had been doing so well with exsplaining the tarot and getting the meanings correctly. Tarot is has a lot of metaphoric moving parts. It has different meanings if the cards are upright or upside down. There are differant means depending on what cards are close to each other. Also meanings can be differant depending on what position the card is in the spread you are using. I was very happy that the author obviously did her homework. I wasn't happy when the main character interpreted the death card as a physical warning of death. Now Read this: Th death card DOES NOT predict death! It represents change or the refusal to change! Now there is a main arcana card that can represent the possibility of physical death but it ISN'T the death card!

    Sorry for my rant. The section that mentioned the death card as a literal death messed up my enjoyment of the book when I read that part. Overall the story is a good one. The worlds' seem fleshed out and I was drawn to the characters. The main character isn't emotionally strong to her past. She is sociable and mostly comfortable with herself. She is lacking in the ability to have strength and confidence in relationships. Men she is on relationships with, seem to dominate her sexually. She is so independent and strong except for when she is with the love interest. While I understand having the main character having failing as to flush out the character and make it seem more real, I felt like she was too meek in the bedroom. I understand giving yourself completely to someone but it didn't seem right that someone so strong would let herself be utterly dominated by her lover in the way depicted. The story could have taken place in the future, the present or the past with just few changes. I kept hoping for more action and more futuristic technology. The main character uses "old technology" so there wasn't as much emersion into a strange and fantastic world. The author has more skill in character creation rather than detailed explanation of scenery. While I prefer character creation and a good story to over explanations of rooms and scenery I would have liked to know more about some of the places she was.

    Overal I enjoyed the book very much although I would have liked more action. I would recommend this book to others, although I would warn the, that there isn't a lot of action, it is a great story. I may pick up the third book in September or put it on my Amazon wish list.

  • Nancy

    I didn't like this one as much as the first and no epilogue. Loose a point for just that. Will still check out book three.

  • Jeffrey

    Second in the Felicia Sevigny series of sexy, romance / space opera, this one set on a terra-formed Mars.

  • Jeanine

    The first book I read and I related to Felicia as if I were her, this book I related as if I were her mother! I actually threw the book onto the table in front of me and yelled at one of her many silly actions. This girl was a mess....she's not as level headed as I remembered and of course, the potential cheating worried me. She thought she was going to die of a broken heart one minute then she is causing heartbreak the next, this girl needs more than a luck gene. But I had to keep reading and I

    The first book I read and I related to Felicia as if I were her, this book I related as if I were her mother! I actually threw the book onto the table in front of me and yelled at one of her many silly actions. This girl was a mess....she's not as level headed as I remembered and of course, the potential cheating worried me. She thought she was going to die of a broken heart one minute then she is causing heartbreak the next, this girl needs more than a luck gene. But I had to keep reading and I had to see if I was right and that good luck would prevail and I would be happy about it. Well written, well plotted and well ended.

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