Author: C.A. Blocke
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Publication date: April 22, 2019
Length: 63600 words
Reviewed by Morningstar
Set in a near-future
environment, mega-corporations have taken over the most habitable of
planets, creating domed utopias for their devoted employees. Everyone
else has been shunted off to a multitude of mostly habitable planets and
moons where they scrape by as farmers and tradesfolk, miners and
merchants, bounty hunters and scavengers.
James Marks and his
crew of scav trash operate their ship, SIO, on a mission to obtain a
mysterious piece of new tech. It changes everything and leaves him
stranded somewhere he doesn’t recognize with a cute, if not a bit
annoying, tech scientist. James doesn’t know, when he first meets
Michael, but his life is about to change in a very surprising way.
love sci-fi romance stories so this hurts a little to say…
Although the writing was good, I struggled with
understanding parts of what was going on in the beginning. There was not much
backstory to help me understand what was going on and why. It was fast paced
which made it feel like a much shorter story than what it was. What resulted,
was me having to go back and reread parts to see if I could figure out what was
For any sci-fi story, backstory and having the
characters fleshed out if key, really essential. You cannot move forward
telling a story if you haven’t given a sufficient base of the world you are
dropping us into.
The lack of backstory and such, made it hard to
cheer for the romance portion because I struggled to be able to sit back and
relax into falling with them. Add in that the characters fall rather fast, I
was left feeling that the story, as a whole, was lacking.
What I did love was the premise of the story. It
was fun and interesting but is one that I think would be better off being told
in a longer story with all the details that it deserves.
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