It Takes A Death To Reach A Star by Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones is a fantastic edition to my reading shelf. I have started reading more Science Fiction to keep my reading fresh. You now, if all I read is Suspense/Thrillers, they all start to run together.
I first met Gareth Worthington on tour for Children of the Fifth Sun. (See below)
For an introduction into the novel, all I can say is “WOW!”
Cover: John Byrne
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Started out slow for me, but it ended with a bang! I absorbed the detail of the ‘cities’ and characters. It Takes A Death T Reach A Star is much more than I expected. I have two pages of notes I took while reading, but most of that is going by the wayside and I’ll shoot from the hip.
The book takes place in Russia, but it’s not like the Russia you know. Some people have managed to survive WWIII and the New Black Death, where almost nine billion people died..
Mila is a Robust and Dimitri is a Gracile. The details of their existence is better if you learn about it for yourself. They are never meant to interact as friends or comrades, but when they do come together, they will never be the same…and neither will their world.
Mila walks to her own drum, but Dimitri is a follower. It is rare for him to step outside his comfort zone and when he does, the action becomes nonstop…and dangerous. Mila is my idea of ninjas in the future. She is a badass and I love her. Dimitri is one of the herd, but I knew he was going to grow and morph into someone to be reckoned with. Glad he’s on ‘our’ side.
Their missions become one and we are off to the races. The first lap is their meeting. The mid laps are the action that brings them to their biggest, out of this world, battle. The finale is me being able to take a breath and find out who is left standing.
Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones can write, creating a world that becomes easy to visualize by the details of their imagination and they do make me wonder, could that be our future? The characters roll off the pages as if they are real, growing and developing into people worthy of our respect or our disgust. But, you can’t have the good without the bad.
The suspense and anticipation is ramping up, becoming intense, as the lines are drawn, sides chosen and the battle rages. Gareth and Stu don’t believe in saving all their characters, so be careful who you become involved with. They may not survive. When they took out ‘her’, I was bummed, but when they took out ‘him’, I rejoiced. Just goes to show you how involved I became in their lives and the outcome of the story. It went further than I thought it would and I loved it even more, for the ability of the authors to take me somewhere I have never been. The title is very appropriate.
OH NO. It’s over. But what a great ending it was. Will there be more?
I love when the author’s are just as interesting as the book, so be sure and check them out.
I voluntarily read a free copy of It Takes A Death To Read A Star by Gareth Worthington and Stu Jones.
MY REVIEW BY GARETH WORTHINGTON