My rating: 5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased Paperback
Publication Date: December 2016
Publisher: Stranger Fiction
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure
I'm finishing up Sci-Fi August with this book and . . . yeah, I'm glad I ended with this one. Because that was a GREAT finish to an AMAZING month of reading!
WHAT I LOVED
This one was a bit more of a slow-burn than the last few I've reviewed. The opening isn't slam-packed with action, but instead has a slowly-increasing undercurrent of dread . . . which was actually super suspenseful! I loved it, and loved that it was just a little bit different from the other books in the genre I'd just been reading.
And, make no mistake, the actual heart-pounding action starts up soon enough, with some incredible sequences that had me turning pages as fast as I possibly could. Ryan Galloway has thought through his world and his characters so carefully that everything felt REAL. Vivid and terrifyingly possible, if that makes sense.
I loved the heroine. At first I wasn't sure I would like her at all--she is so morose and awkward and frustrating. But slowly she starts to reveal her soft side. And honestly, she's enduring quite a tremendous mental burden--the memories of every cadet on the planet. Memories she really shouldn't have, including the memories of the boy who loves her . . .
The boy who loves her, but who has that loved erased from his memory at the end of each week . . . only for him to fall in love with her all over again . . .
I loved the unfolding mystery of WHY the doctors on Mars Colony One are stealing the memories of these cadets. I felt all of Lizzy's fear and confusion right along with her, and her desperation. And I loved watching her resourcefulness as she handles each new threat thrown her way. Things don't come easily to this girl, but she figures it out, putting the pieces together, figuring out who she can trust.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
I can't say too much, 'cause I don't want to give anything away. I mean, the ending is a WOW ending, that leaves you completely flabbergasted and breathless, but . . . but . . . um . . . Is there a book 2? Please, Mr. Galloway, tell me there's a book 2! Please!
Anyone who liked Illuminae and The Diobolic and some of the other really great, suspenseful YA sci-fi out there should definitely read this book. It's not as well-known as those others (it's from a small indie-press, apparently), but it's incredible. I could totally see this one made into a movie or mini-series.
And that does it for Science Fiction Month for me. I was planning to read The Daragh Deception, but just wasn't quite getting into it when I tried it. I think it's probably a good book, just not one I'm currently in the mood for, so I set it aside for the time being. And I started For Darkness Shows the Stars, but I think it might be more dystopian than sci-fi, so I'll save it for some future Dystpian Month instead.
Stay tuned for my pick for Book of the Month! And Cover of the Month too, naturally. There were some amazing choices to be had this August. I lucked out as a reader!