Dust & Lightning, by Rebecca Crunden: #BookReview.

124 pages

Dystopian Science Fiction

This science fiction novella is listed under the ‘dystopian’ tag. However, it contains the currently essential ingredient, hope, so leaves the reader in an uplifted mood after a journey through some pretty dire times.

It’s a well-written piece, with very few editing needs. Most importantly (to me, anyway) it’s easy to empathise with the characters. There’s a hint of romance, no sex, but a developing friendship that gives the impression of further growth.

As is often the case, this has the appearance of an introductory book to a possible series, but it reads well as a stand-alone story so, contrary to what often happens, the reader is left with a satisfactory ending, hinting at the potential for future stories.

I enjoyed its fast pace, which, interspersed with passages that describe the worlds, locations, and some of the science, in enough detail to inform without boring the reader, makes it a page-turner.

As a scifi writer, I don’t agree with all the futurist conclusions. My view of potential futures is entirely different. But the societies and worlds here remain plausible. And I’m willing to ignore a couple of plot holes as the story is told in a way that allows the reader to skirt over such details.

This is a story of betrayal, loyalty, dictatorship, abused power, love and hope. The denouement builds rapidly and ends in a conclusion that is the only logical and positive outcome of the preceding action.

I enjoyed the read and I expect most who love distant future tales set in space and on other planets will find this an engaging tale.

I wrote this review based on an advance reading copy the author sent me.

[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]

6 thoughts on “Dust & Lightning, by Rebecca Crunden: #BookReview.

  1. I don’t read much sci-fi any more, Robert A Heinlein used to be the author I enjoyed. He was to sci-fi that Louis L’Amour was to dusters. (westerns). If I see this at the library I will pick it up.

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    1. I read a great deal of SciFi in my youth; I also read some Heinlein, but Asimov and Ray Bradbury were favourites. I’ve continued to read the genre on and off over the years, especially relevant as I’ve written scifi novels and it’s good to know what other writers are producing. But I read a very wide range of books, and try to review every one I read. My relatively recent ‘Generation Mars’ series has been quite well received, and my novella, ‘The Methuselah Strain’ has been popular with those who’ve read it.
      If you do read any books, David, authors always need reviews, as these are the route to more readers. A few lines is all that’s needed, and it lets writers know they’re doing something right (or not, as the case may be!)


        1. Ah, libraries; a rich seam of knowledge freely mined. I exhausted our local one of kid’s books by the age of 11. The adult section wasn’t open to anyone under 14 years. But I approached the librarian, who I knew well from my almost daily visits, and asked if I could start using the adult library. She said I could, as long as I passed any books in front of her. I did that. The first one I chose was Erich Maria Remarque’s first world war classic, ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’. She allowed it, I suspect because it’s considered a classic. But when I read it and discovered it was full of violence, expletives and the sexual exploits of soldiers with prostitutes, I realised I could probably borrow any title I liked!


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