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Peek Inside Atrophy

Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. Tannin Everette was framed for murder. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape...only to find himself face-to-face with the captain's undeniably gorgeous sister, Zahli Sherron. Now she’s harboring a fugitive on board and with every day that passes, she further risks the lives of the entire crew...even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.

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Twelve years on the prison planet Erebus makes a man long for death. The worst part for Tannin Everette is that he was framed for murder. He’s innocent. When the ship Imojenna lands for emergency repairs, Tannin risks everything to escape…only to find himself face to face with the captain’s undeniably gorgeous sister.

Zahli Sherron isn’t planning on turning Tannin in. In fact, she actually believes him. Sure, he’s sexy as every kind of sin, but he’s no criminal—so she hides him. But no one escapes from Erebus and lives to tell about it. With every day that passes, Zahli further risks the lives of the entire crew…even as she falls in love with a man she can never have for herself.



"Best science fiction romance book by Jess Anastasi that I have read. If you loved Joss Whedon's Firefly series or his Serenity movie, than this is a book that needs to be on your radar." -- Literati Literature Lovers @ Goodreads

"Better than Star Wars!" -- Linda @ Goodreads

"I think that Atrophy is the beginning book in a promising series!" -- Meri K. @ NetGalley

"There's a motley crew to get to know, multiple conflicts waiting to unfold, shady & tortured pasts to uncover and loads of unresolved sexual tension to strip away -- all of which remind me of Firefly on steroids set in the ever-faulty Millennium Falcon, full of cynical humor, spiffy dialogue, and all kinds of mad behavior." --  Disir @ Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754447
Series: Atrophy, Book 1
Release Date: Dec 7, 2015
Page Count: 428
Imprint: amara next
Genre: sci-fi, sci-fi space opera
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Mei November 10, 2015

I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

I think that Atrophy is the beginning book in a promising series! While some things have been concluded, some others have been left wide open! :)

Also, I'm asking myself the why of the title... Nothing is atrophying here... maybe it has somethi ...more

By Caz May 17, 2017

B+, so 4.5 stars

When I saw this month’s prompt was to read Something Different, I knew pretty much exactly which genre and which book I was going to choose. Last year sometime, one of my fellow reviewers at AAR reviewed a Sci-Fi romance called Quantum, whcih was the second book in Jess Anastasi’s ...more

By Dísir October 29, 2015

A malfunction gets an old, rickety ship onto a prison planet for emergency repairs, the last place any sane person wants to do. But Captain Rian Sherron isn't the sanest person around, so he does it, setting a chain of events in motion that ends up with a stowaway on board who not only finds a place ...more

By 1-Click Addict Support Group December 07, 2015

This book had all the things. Literally, anything you could think of to place in an erotic space paranormal made its presence known in this book.

Aliens? Check.
Spaceships and different galaxies? Check.
Hot male prisoner that escaped from a planet with the help of a crazy space caption and his rebel ...more

By Hannah January 19, 2016


I'm always on the look for a new sci-fi romance to fall in love with. This is the book. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this book. The best way I can think to describe it, it's like a darker twisted version of Firefly meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both of which I loved) ...more

By Eva November 11, 2015

Risking everything, Tannin Everette plans to use the Imojenna’s emergency repair landing as his means to escape…only to come face to face with the captain’s gorgeous sister in this thrilling paranormal sci-fi romance.

Even though no one escapes Erebus and lives to tell about it, Zahli Sherron hides T ...more

By Judi January 19, 2017

I read the number two book (Quantum) in this series awhile ago and really liked it. Then a short time ago, the publisher asked if I'd like to read the third book (Diffraction) and do a review. And, of course, I said yes! I thought perhaps I should go back and read book number one so I would have the ...more

By Netanella April 21, 2020

"Atrophy" is good science fiction with romantic elements. No, make that great science fiction with romantic elements.

Yes, there's some hot sex (not enough to cross the line to erotica, but enough to keep a girl's interest), but there's also a prison planet, a space junker in disguise, a mismatched ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

Tannin was wrongly convicted of murder twelve years ago, and sent to the prison planet Erebus for his crime. Biding his time, he can't quite believe that the chance to escape has really arrived, in the form of a derilect ship landing on Erebus for repairs. When a chance encounter in a marketplace ha ...more

By Jacque December 01, 2015

I’ve always been a lover of sci-fi stories. Adventures of space travelers boldly going where no man (Or woman!) have gone before, discovering new planets, and all that jazz has always been a fun escape for me. Unfortunately, they all seem to be lacking one thing: Romance. Why, I have no clue. All th ...more

By Eleni June 07, 2018

4.75 stars

It's way into the future and the human race is across the galaxy. On board the Imojenna, Zahli tries to keep her brother from going supanova, his dark past threatening to always engulf him. Meanwhile, Tannin stowaways from the prison planet Erebus, imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. ...more

By Alex April 23, 2020

Series: Atrophy #1
Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable

I love Sci-Fi romance and I’m always struggling to find good examples of this genre. I must admit I bought one of Jess Anastasi’s books a month ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it but I’ll be fixing that shortly. I really enjoyed Atrophy an ...more

By Stacy December 16, 2015

Zahli and the rest of the Imojenna crew are forced to land on Erebus to repair their ship and she can't wait to get off of it. It's Tannin's chance to escape the prison planet Erebus and he is taking it. Zahlia and Tannin's worlds collide in a story about love, loyalty and the fight against the alie ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) December 16, 2015

Atrophy is part Science Fiction Romance and part Space Opera. Zahli and Tannin are attracted but there is a big problem. That problem is found in Zahli’s brother, Rian, who is the captain of the space ship Imojenna. The Space Opera part is the quest Rian is one. I found Rian the most complex charact ...more

By Ash P August 19, 2016

At first I was a little wary of getting this book but fans of Firefly and Serenity! this is the series for you. Any one who has ever craved for more of this space Western drama television series + movie will LOVE Atrophy. Rogue space bad boys, ass kicking women, mysterious and evolved beings and of ...more

By Literati Literature November 29, 2015

Best science fiction romance book by Jess Anastasi that I have read. If you loved Joss Whedon's FireFly series or his Serenity movie, than this is a book that needs to be on your radar. Full review to come. ...more

By Marlene December 10, 2015

Originally published at Reading Reality

If Mal Reynolds went really, really dark, and if the Reavers were shapeshifting aliens who had infiltrated the government (wait, that sort of happened) then you’d get something like Atrophy.

Or at least, that’s the way it feels. So for those of you who have neve ...more

By L August 20, 2018

I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning reading this and I really wanted to make it an all nighter... it was that good. I forced myself to get a few hours sleep and get some work done before I dove into it again. Great story line!! Great characters!! Well written; I can't wait to read the next one.
Sc ...more

By Jen December 14, 2018

Good space adventure story. The hero/heroine did read very young to me, though, and sometimes they felt pretty immature. I liked them as a couple though, and I loved the cast of characters. I'll keep reading the series. ...more

By Helen October 23, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed the story, and read it in less than 24 hours. The characters resonated and I definitely will be continuing the series. ...more

By Book Gannet December 06, 2015

3.5 stars. Welcome aboard the Imojenna where the captain is a war hero who may or may not once have been an assassin, has a bit of a problem controlling his temper, some serious PTSD problems and is also on a universe-wide hunt for a bunch of aliens most other people don’t even realise exist! Oh, an ...more

By Boundless Book Reviews December 07, 2015

I was provided a copy of Atrophy via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Atrophy took me awhile to really get into, about 30%.  I just didn’t grab me right from the beginning and I had to force myself to stay engaged.  Once we got past the 30% mark things changed for me.  I’m not really sure ...more

By Linda December 08, 2015

Better than Star Wars!

Tannin Everett has spent his last 12 years on the prison planet Erebus, framed for a murder he didn’t commit but all those years while doing everything he could to survive the conditions he’d searched & planned for a way to escape. Working himself to a position of trust – as mu ...more

By Abby December 04, 2015

Oh. My. Heck. This was a fantastic read! Having read the description before I started reading, I was wondering how Tannin could have endeared himself to Zahli enough so that she was willing to try to hide him on her brother's spaceship so that he could flee the prison planet Erebus. I knew there was ...more

By AnnaM December 24, 2015

**Thank you, Netgalley and Entangled for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

This book is a rare combination for me. I loved the story and the characters so much I can still give it five stars despite it needing another light proofreading pass--mostly words that spellcheck w ...more

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Jess Anastasi

About the author

Jess Anastasi

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn't deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, one ball-obsessed border collie, and one cat who thinks he's one of the kids.

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