SoulMatch by Drew Avera (#ScienceFiction #BookReview)

SoulMatch (Short Story)SoulMatch by Drew Avera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story until it reached its climax. At that point, I got confused. Even after giving myself several days to reflect on it, I’m not sure what happened. I’ve read other works from this author (from The Collective) and I know he’s the real deal, so I really hate to give Soulmatch 3 stars, but I didn’t get the satisfaction from this book that I got from reading his other work b/c I was just lost.

SoulMatch is very much a story about the human condition, and about faith and consequences. I do enjoy stories like this, and that aspect did come through. I think it could have had a greater emotional impact if I wasn’t distracted by trying to figure out what was going on. To be fair, I don’t read a lot of Science Fiction, so maybe there’s some genre convention causing a gap I’m not able to leap across. Or maybe uncertainty was the author’s intention.

In any event, if you like sci. fi. stories that examine faith and love and consequences, stories that really make you think, then you’ll probably like this one.

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Two Moons of Sera (Omnibus) by Pavarti K. Tyler

Two Moons of Sera - OmnibusTwo Moons of Sera – Omnibus by Pavarti K. Tyler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The world building and population are mind-blowing. This author has a real knack for creating new races, and even factions within each race. And instead of any one people being clearly defined as the good guys, she portrays the Sualwet and Erdlanders as two different groups of individuals struggling against one another, both fighting for survival. There’s more I’m leaving out so I don’t spoil anything, but the creation of the characters alone is impressive.

This isn’t your typical dystopian sci-fi., content to weave its political message into its prose. Pavarti reached well beyond that particular cliche and came out with a rewarding story of destruction, hope, malice, and love. This is the second book I’ve read by her, and I’ll definitely be reading more from her in the future.

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The Reaping (The Seeds Book 2) by K. Makansi

The ReapingThe Reaping by K. Makansi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading The Sowing and The Prelude, I was really torn between two characters I’d fallen for, right along with the female protagonist. Remy Alexander is put through the ringer time and again. Her resilience is impressive. The Reaping is one of those books you can just completely get lost in, even better than the first. Even as a writer, the editor in me was held captivated by the world, the fast pace, and all the characters Makansi made me care about.

I was really worried that there was no way the author could write her way out of the love triangle in a way that would be satisfactory, but I should have known better than to doubt. She took an impossible situation and dealt with it seamlessly, seemingly without effort. I am even more impressed than I was before, and very much looking forward to the final installment. And I sure wouldn’t mind reading another short spin-off from this world, with these characters, as well.

I’d recommend this book to fans of Dystopian Sci-Fi with a healthy dose of Romance.

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