Thank you so much to Rebecca Crunden for sending an epub copy of her sci-fi novella in exchange for an honest review!
- Title: Dust & Lightning
- Series: standalone
- Author: Rebecca Crunden
- Length: 124 pages
- Publisher & Release: Self – February 2020
- Rate & Recommend: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 yes for fans of scifi and action!
Here is the description from Amazon:
In the near future, humans have gone beyond simple space travel. By the year 4054, multiple solar systems are inhabited, and taking a spaceship is as commonplace as taking an aeroplane.
Unfortunately, not everything about the future is so advanced. The central planets, led by Earth, have risen high at the expense of cheap labour on distant worlds. Dissent is widespread and arrests are common. Sometimes prisoners are released; sometimes they disappear without a trace, sent to labour camps in other solar systems.
When Ames Emerys receives a letter telling him that his brother Callum has died en route to the remote planet of Kilnin, he takes the first ship he can off Earth, desperate for answers. But the secrets Ames uncovers prove far more dangerous than he could have imagined.
And trouble isn’t far behind.
I read this in one session because the action just never stopped and it was impossible to put down. It was believable action too, involving a lot of narrow escapes and cool powers, and I felt like it was well paced.
It’s only 117 pages but there is enough description to get a visual image of the important places and objects, as well as a good sense of setting.
In the brief span of knowing these characters I definitely felt like I knew Ames pretty well, and could at least appreciate Violet for her sense of daring and Callum for his strength. Ames is out to rescue his brother and discovers a whole can of worms (ha ha) involving the corruption of the Democratic Planetary Alliance.
I hope there is a part 2 to this because I really want to know the outcome of the rebellion!
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3 replies on “Novella Review: Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden”
I have a really difficult time with novellas. I really want to get into them.
It sounds like a lot of fun packed into a short book. That’s always great!
I think I need to get into novellas – it’s awesome having something short and sweet to read