If you're receiving this emergency distress signal, my name is Princess Ameia. My escape pod has crashed. I am marooned.
I've encountered only one other intelligent life form. He's big, purple and I think he wants to eat me. He watches me and is preventing me from leaving the pod.
All attempts to communicate with the hostile alien life form have met with failure.
I'm running out of supplies. I'm dangerously low on food and water. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this. I need help. He's approaching the pod, it...
SOS... Is there anyone out there listening? Please help...
Ameia might have survived her pod crash landing but can she actually survive in this unusual world. Odd little creatures, terrain that doesn't feel that hospitable, and then of course, there's the tiny matter of a giant purple demon like creature lying in wait outside! Still if Ameia doesn't leave her sanctuary and find food and particularly water she's not going to live that long; but can she time it right when the big, hungry looking purple beast is not around?
Told in first person it's easy to understand everything Ameia is experiencing. She's perhaps a tad stupid at times (young, remember) but her determination to get through no matter what really pulled me in. Add in the purple guy who totally confuses Ameia and it's a lovely slow build Sci-Fi romance that really entertained me.
The simple fact that they had huge communication problems just added to the fun and then of course there's the ending that, if honest, is a bit of the dreaded cliff hanger but funnily enough it really works here as I'm left imagining all sorts of things.
Yes, it's a satisfying romance but it's also a story that could progress in so many ways and I'm definitely going to read more by Ms Page.