Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
If you’re reading this: HELP! I’ve been kidnapped.
Me and my big sister stayed together after our parents died. We weren’t bothering anybody. But some mean government agents came anyway, and split us up.
Now I’m a prisoner on this space ship. The agents won’t even say where we’re going.
I hate them.
And things have started to get a bit weird. Nullspace is supposed to be empty, but when I look out of the skywindows I can see … something. Out there. And I think it wants to get in here. With us.
My name is Clarissa. I am ten years old.
And they will all be sorry when my big sister comes to rescue me.
This is the fifth book published in this series but the third in the main sequence. This novella provides a great background for just why Opal is searching for her sister in the earlier novels.
It is a definitely different science fiction story as the events are related by ten year old Clarissa who is taken away from her home and her sister, Opal, by government agents. Travelling on a space ship should be relatively uneventful but this journey is anything but and Clarissa sees that more than anyone else . . . .
I was impressed with how the author made readers feel like they were hearing everything from Clarissa – sharing a child’s point of view is something of a skill in itself that he proved adept at in such an engaging manner. Clarissa shares her current experiences and what happened to her and her sister before they were torn apart.
Again the world building is fantastic, you can easily visualise just what Clarissa is seeing and empathise with her, too. It is an action packed read that keeps you on the edge of your seat and, having finished it, I can’t wait to read the sequel, Ruabon. Fortunately I already have it on my kindle so I won’t have long to wait! I’m planning on posting my review for that on July 23rd, 2021
Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.
When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.