Guest ARC Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Greetings friends, I am super excited to announce that Lilyn from Sci-fi & Scary is back with another guest review here on Reader Voracious!

I made my reading goal in 2020 to spend the entire year reading nothing but diverse voices. I also wanted to stretch my genre boundaries a bit. I love my sci-fi and horror, but sometimes you gotta read outside your comfortable little boxes. The Gravity of Us had just enough of the science part of my favorite science fiction (astronauts! Mars!) to make me think I’d be comfortable reading it.

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ARC Review: The God Game by Danny Tobey

I wish that I enjoyed this book more than I did, friends. Reading this book was a wild ride of emotions for me because I was interested in the story but also was disengaged from it. The book felt really long while reading it. By the time I was at 85%, I wanted to DNF the book but forced myself to finish since I was so close to the end. Part of me wanted to know. I wish I hadn’t. This book has no discernible meaning or purpose; it is just chaotic neutral.

“‘What you want, gentlemen and lady, is to play God! Turn social order upside down. Claim what should be yours. Go from duds to studs! And so I give you … the God Game!'”

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ARC Review: The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

This book is essentially The Purge x Cancel Culture and it is terrifying in how plausible the plotline is. It’s a smart speculative look at what could happen if the government created a system to rein in the worst parts of social media only to make things arguably worse.

“Now, people were fully accountable for their online behavior… and faced real-world consequences. […] Things were better now. People were more careful online, more responsible. How could that be wrong?”

Cassie McKinney is our sixteen-year-old main character, daughter of a famous hacker with her own coding skills up her sleeve. But since her father died six months earlier, she hasn’t really worked with code. She’s angry and she wants to participate in some Hive justice… until she is on the wrong end of the Hive herself and running for her life.

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Review: Do You Dream of Terra-Two by Temi Oh

Narrative style: third person | Perspective(s): multiple (six)

Holy crap, I am so mad at myself for letting my copy languish on my bookshelf since February! This wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I loved it all the same. This is a character-driven and captivating story that kept me thoroughly engaged until the very end. If you’ve ever dreamt of exploring the universe, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? is a must-read!

The book is told from the perspectives of the six teenagers chosen to embark on a critical mission: travel to the habitable planet – known as Terra-Two – to lead the colonization efforts. Because it will take 23 years to even reach their new home, they are leaving everything and everyone they have ever known on Earth for the hope of a better tomorrow.

“We’re leaving behind a world where slavery happened. Two world wars. Genocide A world where people have used atomic bombs. Terra-two will be different. Better. We will make it better.”

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ARC Review: Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Narrative style: third person | Perspective(s): multiple (Anna, Nathaniel, Eliza)

This science fiction debut is so incredibly special, friends. I didn’t expect to adore these characters, but here I am, utterly attached and wishing it wasn’t a standalone novel so I could go on more adventures with them.

“There was nothing quite like the first tick of a new heart.”

Tarnished Are the Stars finished copyThe book instantly sucked me in with its opening chapter, situating the reader within the world and providing so much backstory in an easily digestible way. It starts at the operating table; a young boy named Roman needs a mechanical heart to stay alive. Lucky for him, they are outside the walls of the Settlement and the life-saving technology is available to him.

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