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Peek Inside Diffraction

Accused of being a shape-shifting alien, Commando Varean Donnelly is imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. He has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear

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When the enemy is your DNA.

After his unusual reaction to a weapon, Commando Varean Donnelly is accused of being a shape-shifting alien and imprisoned onboard the Imojenna. Sure, he has abilities he keeps hidden from everyone—including the gorgeous doc examining him—because the government makes sure people as different as him disappear. For good.

Imojenna doctor Kira Sasaki knows there’s something different about the handsome commando the captain’s thrown in their brig. She doesn’t think he’s Reidar, although he might have been a victim of their cruel experiments. But when Kira learns the stubborn commando’s racial make-up, she finds herself torn between defending him to Captain Rian Sherron and his crew or urging Varean to escape while he still can.


“DIFFRACTION is another emotionally charged, rocket-boosted action adventure by talented newcomer Jess Anastasi!” – NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Grant

"Every chapter came as a surprise because I couldn't see what was coming at all: secondary character deaths, new additions to the crew andmany fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants moments, with several twists andturns written with such swagger...Overall, I think the bottom-linehere is that it has been such fun, if only to be part of the developingaction and the build-up to what might look like a spectacular battlebetween the bad guys and the good guys." ~Unstuck Pages

"I have read all the books so far and they get better with each one. I am totally addicted to the series." ~Petula, Goodreads 

"DIFFRACTION has several surprise twists, not every returning characterlives to see the end of this story, but the best surprise of all is that DIFFRACTION will not be the last book in the series! [...]Star Trek fans will enjoy this story, but philosophers as well!"~Monique D., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758032
Series: Atrophy, Book 3
Release Date: Jan 2, 2017
Page Count: 451
Imprint: amara next
Genre: aliens, sci-fi, sci-fi space opera
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, overcoming odds

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By Hannah January 05, 2017


OMG! My first read of the new year and wow. I love this series, it is best if you read all books in order because the main story arc that continues throughout all the books. Diffraction is no different from the first two books, it has a great emotional connection between all the character ...more

By Jacque March 23, 2017

Trying to pick my current favorite series is like trying to decided with grandson I love best so just say the Atrophy series by Jess Anastasi is in my top 10 list of must be reads. It has the perfect combination of action, suspense and romance in a continuing story-line. This really is a series you ...more

By Fizza January 03, 2017

Another amazing, action-packed, and thrilling novel in Atrophy series! I loved it and would recommend it to all book lovers. And if you enjoy sci-fiction then there is no way you won't like this. ;) I already love all the characters from previous books and also loved Varean. He fits right in with mi ...more

By Diana December 09, 2016

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Compelling read that goes way beyond romance...

There are so many wonderful things about this series and this book, it is hard to know where to begin.

I'll begin with the fact Ms. Anastasi overcomes the sub-genre of sci-fi romance and jo ...more

By Dísir November 29, 2016

Apart from Jess Anastasi's ending note that the long-awaited Rian/Ella story is nowhere in sight, it’s glorious to be back with the Imojenna crew and under the wiles of the volatile major captain, who still very much remains a lynchpin in the building action and the fabulous overarching plot of find ...more

By Judi January 19, 2017

Well! I'm certainly glad I said yes to reading the third book. it's now 2:30 a.m. and I need to get some sleep. Full review tomorrow... Oops, forgot, full review on January 2, 2017 when the book is released!

My Review:

This is not going to be just a trilogy because the author has added a great twist t ...more

By Petula December 29, 2016

The AF Commando Varean Donnelly has been dragged about the space ship Imojenna after failing a test to prove he is human. He didn't destruct like the shape shifting evil aliens do either. So what is he?
Dr. Kira Sasaki doesn't like how the prisoner is being treated and does her best to ensure fair t ...more

By Ash P January 02, 2017

In continuation of the adventures on aboard the Immojenna, the mysterious soldier who reacts to the stunner but does not turn into an alien is now a prisoner. Kira the ship's Doctor is appalled at the way he is being treated. And even though he may be dangerous, she can't help seeing beneath his ven ...more

By Nikki April 06, 2017

Poor Varean! Because of his reaction to the Reidar stun gun, he has been abducted onto the Imojenna. He has been secured in their makeshift brig and the crew are doing their best to torture him as to why he is apparently human but takes hits from stunner! Kira, the crews doctor, does her best to tem ...more

By Maria Rose February 09, 2020

Another great installment in the Atrophy series, further advancing the overall story arc and giving a complete romance for Kira and Varean. Lots of action and tension! I'm really enjoying the worldbuilding, with the alien Reidar species becoming more and more of an intergalactic threat (and seeing h ...more

By Marlene January 06, 2017

Originally published at Reading Reality

The Atrophy series is still hitting my “I miss Firefly” button, but as the series goes on the linkages both get more obvious and more tenuous at the same time.

Let me explain.

The universe of the Atrophy series, along with its protagonists, feel very much like th ...more

By Monique December 29, 2016

When Qaelan Foster, renegade captain Rian Sherron’s cousin, drags in a wounded soldier in Rian’s ship, Qaelan announces that the injured commando, Varean Donnelly, is suspected of being Reidar – an enemy shape-shifter alien. Varean is to be considered dangerous and kept in a makeshift brig until fur ...more

By Julie (Jewlsbookblog) January 08, 2017

Until now, I hadn't really noticed Kira. I knew she was the ships doctor but she typically stayed in the background. She's smart and quiet, with a deep seated need to help others, regardless of the rules. And Varean has her breaking all sorts of rules. At the start of the story, her connection with ...more

By Harlie February 03, 2017

I honestly don’t know where to start. I haven’t read the other books in the series and I HIGHLY suggest that you do. At times, I was a bit lost when it came to the world building. This series is all about science fiction and otherworlds; plus, its a genre that I typically don’t read. Otherwise, I re ...more

By Bookgasms January 08, 2017

Oh, but Jess Anastasi, you're killing me here! You give me an inch, then take away a mile! I'm so invested in this world you've made, and here you are spinning me out of control on this wild ride! Since obviously this poor “family” of crew members can't catch a break, we get to rejoin them as they t ...more

By Jessica January 03, 2017

Diffraction is the newest installment in Jess Anastasi's Atrophy series. Varean is a cammando from Captain Admiral Zander's ship who is being held captive by Rian's crew aboard the Imojenna. The crew members believe Varean is either a member of the hidden alien species known as the Reidar or his DNA ...more

By Tales Of A Bookbug January 12, 2017

Another great installment in the Atrophy series.I've been hooked onto this series from the first book-Atrophy.I really love the world building and the imagination that the author has put into creating this series and the characters.Though Diffraction didn't surpass my expectations like the previous ...more

By Denise January 03, 2017

This is my first time in reading this author which also happens to be third one in this series. I was attracted to it anyways by the storyline which looked to be a promising adventure. I probably should have read the others before it and if I had would of been able to give a 5. Ah well still a good ...more

By Adria's Musings January 16, 2017

Originally posted on I Smell Sheep Review to come soon.
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

By Aizzia May 02, 2017

I love this series and characters soooooo much. Diffraction was a little slow to start with but it does pick up and while it isn't my fav of the series so far it's still a solid addition and a good escape. What can I say...I love sci-fi romance and Jess does it so well. I can't wait for the next one ...more

By Shelley January 15, 2017

A thrilling addition to the Atrophy series. Can't wait for the next one. ...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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