Ambasadora is classed as a science fiction romance book written by Heidi Ruby Miller. It features an Upper caste socialite called Sara Mendoza. In Sara’s world which is run by Sovereign Simon Prollixer head of the Embassy a caste system operates. In this system there are various castes such as Uppers who are beautiful people who have better educations and jobs, Lowers who do less glamorous jobs that involve labour, Contractors who enforce the Embassy’s rule, Armadans who are warriors and Fraggers who are the rebels against everything that is the Embassy. Life is different in Sara’s world everything revolves around your lineage and passing on your genes by having children, nothing is more important than this. If you are sterile people host a party where they will commit suicide rather than bring shame on their family by not carrying on their line. People also have more than one partner or amours as they are called and it is quite normal to have six partners and have children with each one of them. It is at one of the suicide parties where Ambasadora begins. Sara has been brought to a party by her future amour Chen, she is very excited as he has just given her a piece of obsidian jewellery which shows that they are to become amours. Life is perfect and brilliant for Sara then suddenly everything goes to hell and she finds herself being accused of downloading data. After months of torture by the Embassy Sara is transformed onto an Ambasadora and is forced into hunting down the downloaded data or face not being able to carry her line by having her fertility taken from her.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Sara a lot and it was wonderful to see her change and grow throughout the book. She starts out a socialite whose only concern is her looks and lineage into a fighter who will gladly give away her lineage for the safety of her friends. We are introduced to other characters two of which are Sean who I didn’t warm to at first but loved him at the end and Rainer who I did like at first but then….well I’ll let you find out for yourself. There are parts in the beginning of the book that dragged a little for me and this was when the story turned to Sean’s pov but then there were other parts mainly involving Sara that were so exciting I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. I did struggle at the beginning of the book trying to understand the caste system but I eventually got there. The science part of it was just right for me not too light and not too difficult to understand. There was lots of action, great world building and some romance which I think was tastefully done. Whilst the story was resolved the ending is left open so maybe we will Ambasadora two. All in all a very good read and I would like to give this book 4 out of 5 laser beams.