Broken Slate

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Taken from his family’s merchant ship at the age of fourteen, Martin Eduardo endured years in the brutal contract labor system on the planet Julian. Now a contract rebellion brews. As he grows more acquainted with those involved in the rebellion, Martin begins to suspect that, although the consequences of disobedience are grim – even fatal – the consequences of obedience might be worse. More

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About Kelly Jennings

Kelly Jennings lives in Northwest Arkansas, where she is a member of the Boston Mountain Writers Group. She has had work appear in Crossed Genres, as well as in Louisiana Literature, The Future Fire, and Strange Horizons, among other venues. You can find out more at her personal blog, delagar (, or the science fiction and fantasy group blog FanSci (, which she runs with the help of Marilou Goodwin and Barbara Ann Wright.

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Kaley reviewed on Nov. 18, 2012

This novel is a captivating piece of art. I like everything about it.

The way the author reveals bit by bit of the world, the attention to details that enhance the story, the multifaceted characters, the dialogues between those characters, the professional writing-style, the well thought out plot, and how all all of those combined create a lot of emotions and encourage the reader to more thoughts about the themes the story contains.

"Broken Slate" is worth every cent I spent, and more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
C S McClellan reviewed on July 13, 2011

Broken Slate is one of those novels that proves the worth of giving a potential buyer a generous sample to read. To tell the truth, I was hooked well before coming to the end of Jennings' 50% sample. My slender book budget tells me I have to be pretty darned sure about buying anything over $2.99, but Broken Slate was worth it.

Jennings does a wonderful job of getting deep into her central character's psyche and providing him with a convincing world in which to live. The background for that world, and how Martin wound up as contracted labor (a cot) is developed in a very natural way. This is a very intense novel, with an air of mystery that takes its time to reveal itself.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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