Sure enough, the fairy tale has a sweet, happy ending.
Hopefully that’s no spoiler—Kidnapped, though it did feature a totalitarian galactic empire and band of revolutionaries, never masqueraded as anything dystopian. The strength of the Maria Hammarblad’s story lies in a charming, straightforward plotline with likeable protagonists. Essentially it’s a traditional tale with a slight science fiction twist. And in a genre where minutely-detailed descriptions of nanorobots in the blood stream make quite a few appearances, Maria Hammarblad makes her traditional narrative refreshing—not cliché.
The jury approves.
Reading time: One week, give or take a day—swinging on the hammock, by the pool, or an hour before lights-out.
Recommendation: Not for hard-SF devotees; Kidnapped is a breezy romance with the power to make a reader tired of dystopia smile.
Kidnapped, by Maria Hammarblad, is available as an ebook for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle, as well as in paperback.