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Memory of AUSOS by T. E. Waters

a tale of love and mecha 

The gods have abandoned the royal family of Nahwan. So it has been whispered since the war ended, almost two decades past.

But royal affairs mean little to fifteen-year-old Intan Aghavni, who enrolls in the piloting program at the Royal Military Academy, pursuing the vague memory of a woman who saved her life as a child . . . .

Until the sudden appearance of rogue Dolls on campus grounds, just weeks into the school year, propels Intan to the forefront of a political revenge plot that has lain dormant since the end of the war.

Note: Memory of AUSOS is unfinished, and will likely remain so.  It contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

An abandoned novel

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Editor’s First Impression

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Aug 9, 2013: This author has taken a somewhat bizarre concept – a world whose dominant technology is huge doll-faced flying battle robots puppeteered by highly trained human pilots (i.e.mecha) – and spun it into a whimsical, beautifully written, mysterious young adult adventure story. The serial has been updating since 2010 alternating between consistent postings and hiatuses (hiati?); so if you start reading now you can probably catch up in time for the conclusion of "Season One". Occasionally a little uneven, but quite special and lovely if you are in the mood for some anime-inspired science fantasy.

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A Great Ride

By Morgan O'Friel, member

Dec 30, 2010: A great story has wonderful characters, plot, sensory details, and world building. But more than that, a great story has a certain spark that draws you in from the very beginning, and keeps you coming back for more. Memory of AUSOS has all of those things.

The story opens right in the middle of the action. Two Dolls (mechas) have invaded the grounds of the military academy, destroying buildings and causing confusion and fear among the students. Intan is the main character, who seems to be less shocked at the sudden arrival of the Dolls than she is stunned by the lack of reaction from the school security forces. Caring more about the other students than self-preservation, she rushes off to help in any way possible. And that way just happens to be piloting a retired Doll and leaping into the fight for some of her peer’s lives.

It’s clear that Memory of AUSOS takes place in a fully realized world. The author utilizes this well, without leaving a reader feeling lost in a world they don’t quite understand. Instead, details of the world are revealed as necessary for the story, without info-dumping long histories where none are needed.

The author also includes supplementary information, with an artist’s renderings of the characters, a map of the world, and a brief explanation of the academy and universe. The Web Fiction Guide summary itself gives readers some interesting clues as to where the plot is going, and what’s in store for the character’s future.

Memory of AUSOS makes good use of its serial format. The author reveals character histories, tantalizing plot details, and world-building in small doses, leaving plenty of unanswered questions and details that leave readers hooked and waiting on the edges of their seats for more. I highly recommend checking it out.

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