Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): In the near future, humans have gone beyond simple space travel. By the year 4054, multiple solar systems are inhabited, and taking a spaceship is as commonplace as taking an aeroplane. Unfortunately, not everything about the future is so advanced. The central planets, led by Earth, have risen high at the expense of cheap labour on distant worlds. Dissent is widespread and arrests are common. Sometimes prisoners are released; sometimes they disappear without a trace, sent to labour camps in other solar systems. When Ames Emerys receives a letter telling him that his brother Callum has died en route to the remote planet of Kilnin, he takes the first ship he can off Earth, desperate for answers. But the secrets Ames uncovers prove far more dangerous than he could have imagined. And trouble isn’t far behind.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Although this book is short, I was not expecting to read it within one day! Dust & Lightning is a gripping sci-fi novella which is incredibly descriptive and I found it was quite fast-paced.

Crunden’s writing is somewhat special, she really knows how to draw the audience in with her descriptive writing and futuristic setting. I found it very immersive and, although it made me think and I felt super small in a ball of the universe at times, it made it feel very realistic as to what is most likely to come in the near future. I really loved the concept of flying to lots of different solar systems, I thought this was a really interesting way of creating a futuristic world.

I found our main character, Ames Emerys, well-developed and I was really rooting for him to be okay throughout his travels to Kilnin, which was not an easy journey by any means! We meet another character called Violet along the way, who I really enjoyed reading about, she’s a spontaneous lady who really helped to bring out the humorous side of Ames. They really did find themselves in some spontaneous, sticky situations!

I would love to read more about these characters if Crunden ever writes a second book to this novella, as I definitely felt a connection form between myself and the story before my eyes, plus the story is left on a cliffhanger so it would be great to know what happens afterwards.

I have to admit, my relationships with sci-fi books aren’t always the best however this novella drew me back in to the genre and I can’t wait to pick up more sci-fi books, or even Rebecca Crunden books soon! I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy sci-fi, fast-paced novellas.

Have you read Dust & Lightning by Rebecca Crunden? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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