Q & A with Jack Croxall – #AnchorLegBook

Bestselling author Jack Croxall talks space, Anchor Leg, and LGBT fiction

For those of you that don’t know, I am a huge fan of fellow UK author, Jack Croxall. He’s a fab writer. I often chat with him on twitter, but today, lucky people, I managed to pester him with my questions about his new science fiction thriller Anchor Leg. And no I am certainly NOT jealous that he has a million more twitter followers than me. I was one of the lucky people to get an early read. I was honoured to be asked, and of course I loved the book. It’s such a different direction than his other works; it’s a brave one, but he pulls it off brilliantly.

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‘I toss my knife out into space. It doesn’t matter, I’ll kill him with my bare hands.’

Humanity has spilled out into the solar system, into a succession of giant space stations known as the Relay. Seren Temples is a security apprentice running the Relay’s Anchor Leg. Her ship forced off course, sensors detect an automated distress signal. The ship responsible for the signal is a zero-G graveyard. Inside its vast hold, nothing but a single vial of frozen blood.

Anchor Leg is a sci-fi thriller from Jack Croxall, author of Wye.

I know you are wanting to hear more about Anchor Leg so here are my questions for Jack.

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It’s been a while since we last heard from you. What have you been up to?

Writing, writing and more writing! I’ve been busy trying to get a handful of projects off the ground, I cameoed in a spooky short film you can watch here, and, of course, I wrote Anchor Leg.

Tell us a little about Anchor Leg.

Anchor Leg is a sci-fi thriller. It follows Seren Temples as her vessel finds a wrecked ship floating over a tiny moon in Saturn’s orbit. Seren is part of her vessel’s security team so she’s sent aboard to investigate. Needless to say, what she finds is all kinds of sinister.

Your previous books (Wye and Tethers) were written for a YA audience. What made you try something aimed at older readers and what surprised you the most about it?

I’ve always loved sci-fi books/films and so I think I just wanted to have a stab at the genre. I suppose I could have gone for a more YA vibe but the story that came to me was very different to what you would typically find in a YA novel. Some of the characters that Seren interacts with, it would have felt wrong to rein them in. Equally, there were themes I wanted to explore that aren’t usually found in YA books. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the sci-fi genre though and the thing that’s surprised me most about it is that I’m keen to do it again. Usually after I’ve told a story in one genre I want to move onto something else immediately!

Seren Temples is a rookie aboard the ship. What is your main character like and why do you think readers will warm to her?

Seren Temples is a girl running away from Earth. Her instinct is to get as far away from what she hates as possible and I think we can all relate to that. However, what is most interesting about Seren (for me at least) is that she’s chosen a life with clear parallels to where she’s come from. A part of her wants to face what’s happened and through the course of the story events conspire to give her the chance to do just that.

I noticed the love arc in the story involving Seren and another female crew member. It’s a brave move having a lesbian main character. Was this something you instinctively knew about Seren from the beginning or did it come about later?

I definitely want to take conscious steps to make my stories more representative but, yes, Seren was always going to be gay. One of the first scenes I had in mind was Seren exploring part of her ship with Abril and I could sense there was romantic tension. I also knew this wasn’t a story about Seren discovering her sexuality; Seren already knew she was gay. This is a sci-fi story where the main character just happens to be gay. I really enjoyed writing Seren and I hope I did justice to that aspect of her characterisation.

What research did you undertake to make Anchor Leg as realistic and as inrelay-map-2 depth as possible?

In a word, lots! Everything had to be fact checked, from background radiation levels to how performing everyday tasks in zero-G would work. Luckily, I know another sci-fi writer (Steve Caddy, author of the excellent In Exchange) who knows a great deal more about our solar system and the mechanics of space than I do. His assistance was invaluable. During one early edit he pointed out that I’d made an entire planet the wrong shape – I didn’t even know planets could be different shapes!

Tell us a little about your writing process during Anchor Leg. Did you make a plan beforehand or did you get stuck right in?

I jumped in and wrote a few chapters but I soon realised I needed a plan. I was building a whole new world of habitations around our solar system (the Relay) and I needed a map of that to stay on track. I also needed a map of Seren’s ship and I had to do a lot of doodling to get some of the futuristic tech I invented clear in my mind. This has definitely been the most work I have ever put into one of my stories!

What do you think readers should (and will) take from the book?

The book explores the growing tension between Earth’s population and the population living in the giant habitable space stations that make up the Relay. Even though everyone is human (no aliens in Anchor Leg) the two factions are becoming increasingly suspicious of and aggressive towards one another. 2016 was a strange year and it almost feels as though some societies are more inward-looking than ever. The future I depict in Anchor Leg is not a pleasant one. If humankind doesn’t start sharing resources, tech and knowledge, if we keep looking out for number one and treating other people as the enemy, I honestly feel a future like the one in Anchor Leg is on its way. If readers take one thing from the book I hope it’s that we need to be more outward-looking, more inclusive on a global scale. We need to be less prejudiced and more mindful of what we could become if we’re not careful.

If you were aboard the ship, what area would you fit in to? Who would you befriend and how do you think you would react when the ship comes across the seemingly abandoned Scylla?

That is a great question! I think I would probably work in Horticulture, growing lots of nice food for everyone (I love gardening). I would definitely try and befriend Bakalar, head of Security, because I’d need someone to look out for me. However, when news of the Scylla came through I doubt I’d be volunteering for the rescues mission. I’d probably be a wimp and stick with my tomato plants!

Any Last Words?

Thank you for having me on your site, Dan!

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For those of you interested in finding out more about Jack and his work you can head on over to his website, or tweet him via @JackCroxall. Anchor Leg is an Amazon exclusive release and is available for kindle worldwide.

Science Fiction and Fantasy – they’re the same, right?

This is something that has always confused me. As a fantasy writer, as well as a huge fantasy reader, I’ve often questioned why in bookshops and online categories, Science Fiction and Fantasy genres get bundled together. I know there are people out there who struggle to tell the difference, but the way I see it is this:

(And while I acknowledge that there are countless sub-genres of both of these ‘parent’ genres, I’m talking basics here.)

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Fantasy is something fantastical, i.e, made up, make believe, not real. We can talk fairytale castles in the sky, mages and elves battling one another with elemental magic, hell, let’s go one step further – necromancy! Raising the dead for one reason or another.

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Science Fiction is something not yet achievable, but with scientific reasoning and methods, could become reality. Advances in genetic cloning to create a super race of soldiers, artificial intelligence, long-term space travel to distant galaxies.

Well that’s how I see it anyhow? Does my explanations make sense? The Lord of the Rings isn’t sci-fi, it’s fantasy. Star Trek isn’t fantasy, it’s sci-fi. And yet the Star Trek book serialisations and Tolkein’s much-loved classics could in theory be placed side by side on a shop bookshelf. These couldn’t be anymore different than one another.

angelologyCoverOne of my all time favourite fantasy novels is Danielle Trussoni’s Angelology. We’ve got fallen angels and nephilims waging a secret war against humans. The history the author goes into when discussing Christian mythology is astounding and interesting. (On a side note, I recently read on her Facebook page that the series has been optioned to be turned into a TV series. Great stuff!)

When you compare this to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park jurassic parkfor instance, you can clearly see the difference. Angels don’t exist – they are part of a theology created by humans. Dinosaurs did once exist and Crichton’s novel uses advances in scientific research to extract DNA to replicate the genome and recreate dinosaurs. It all goes a little pear shaped after that as we all know, and the moral of the book is clearly making references to humans’ endeavours to be the hand of God. But you can’t say the two books are the same at all.

So why do the genres blur? I guess to a lot of people, science fiction advances are often so incomprehensible that they are in a way magical. The archetypes are different, but understandably similar. I read a quote recently by Arthur C Clarke on Pinterest:

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

I guess on the face of things, it all comes down to one’s definition of  M A G I C – magic can be a miracle of sorts to some people, whereas in the fantasy realms, magic is a force, an intangible entity that can be wielded as a weapon or as a higher concept. A cure for all cancers could be classed as some kind of miracle – a magic, if you will, but it is through science that that magic occurs.

As always, let me know your thoughts. It’s an interesting one this, isn’t it? And I’m sure it is going to be one of those debates than doesn’t have a right and wrong answer. I’ll leave you with a philosophical thought: the magic contained within both fantasy and science fiction novels, although different, has the same effect on any reader.

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#JurassicWorld Trailer

Social media and the general world wide web is ablaze with excitement as we recently saw the release of the first, official trailer for the new Jurassic World.

Well, what do you think? Me? I loved it! Fantastic evolution from first film to this, if I’m honest. I’m not sure what Michael Crichton would have thought. Perhaps the concept has been taken a little too far, but I think it certainly raises the God question and ethics into question once again. I know some people think it is a shame that the original cast members aren’t in here, but sometimes new faces freshen up something that was seen as extinct. *excuse the pun 🙂 But take Jurassic Park 3 for instance, a poor, poor film, that I rarely watch. I think the only part in that film I enjoyed was the bird cage bit. But with Steven Spielberg at the helm again, I’m sure this won’t be just style over substance. It really does have a Terra Nova feel to it.

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Just remember guys, Jurassic Park started off as a book. Grab it here and get clued up! Amazon UK / US

Author Interview: Kenneth G. Bennett

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When I first read the blurb for Kenneth Bennett’s new book, Exodus 2022, I was instantly intrigued by its eeriness. I had no choice but to get onto the emails and ask him some questions.

ken bennett author pictureKenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.

THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”

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  • Your new book Exodus 2022 sounds incredibly eerie. Tell EXODUS 2022us about Joe and his dilemma.

 Exodus 2022 is the story of Joe Stanton, a young priest who begins suffering sudden, severe hallucinations while on vacation in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with his girlfriend. Others up and down the coast have suffered identical hallucinations and all have died. As the priest and his girlfriend begin to unravel the mystery of the voices in Joe’s mind—and what they mean for the future of the planet—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos.

 

  • Where did the idea come from? Did something influence your plot, or was it a sporadic thought?

 I’d been reading about ecological catastrophe and then stumbled on some articles about animal intelligence and the surprising cognitive abilities of non-human species. The two topics came together to form the underlying concept of the book.

  • I’ve read that you have two successful young adult novels to your name, how did it feel writing for an older audience? Did you go about things differently?

Thanks for asking. I learned a great deal writing my YA novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, so I felt more experienced. More capable. But I didn’t write any differently—just tried to tell the story to the best of my ability, same as before.

  • What is it that you like about the Science Fiction genre? What books of this genre inspire you and which ones do you think are often overlooked?

 I enjoy science fiction because of the way it ignites my imagination and makes me consider possibilities I hadn’t considered before.  The best sci-fi book I’ve read recently is Hugh Howey’s WOOL.

  • Your antagonist in Exodus 2022 is a billionaire weapons contractor. (Without Spoilers) can you tell us why he is so interested in Joe’s problem and what makes him tick?

 The billionaire weapons contractor Sheldon Beck is interested in Joe for two reasons. One reason is inexplicable at first—a sort of “voice” whispering in his mind. The second reason is that he gradually realizes that Joe could be the key to a vast untouched resource worth trillions of dollars.

  • Apart from Joe, who was your favourite character from Exodus 2022 and why?

I’m very fond of the character Mia because of her unusual background and characteristics. She was a lot of fun to write.

  • Do you think the Science Fiction genre is, perhaps, seen to be only suited to certain types of readers? Do you think the genre needs rejuvenating, and if so, how do you think this should be done?

The sci-fi genre is pretty vast and I believe there are science fiction books (and movies) out there to appeal to almost anyone.  I think more readers who don’t normally go near sci-fi should give it a try. They might be pleasantly surprised.

  • What book do you consider your guilty pleasure?

 The REACHER books by Lee Child. I love those books. The whole series brilliant and well written.

  • What is the hardest aspect of being an author?

 Finding the time to write consistently, day in and day out, while also working full time and being involved with family.

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Cover Reveal: Insomnium by Zachary Bonelli

You may have read me mentioning Zachary Bonelli a lot recently. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading his work, then please check out my review of his Science Fiction adventure Voyage Embarkation. He has a true talent for writing objective, yet compelling stories about cultures varied in politics, idioms and advancement. He’s one smart guy. In mid 2012, I had the chance to talk to him about a new project he was working on, called Insomnium, which gave away some interesting thoughts.

The first component that came to my mind was the City of Nowhere, a place completely strange, where even the laws of physics and the nature of reality can change from moment to moment.

– Zachary Bonelli, 2013

Insomnium, to me, sounds like it blurs the lines between fantasy and science fiction – one book I’m very much looking forward to reading. I’m extremely intrigued to see if the author’s talent for characterisation is followed through in another novel.

I was honoured when Zachary asked me to be a part in his cover reveal for the whole novel – like Voyage before it, Insomnium has been released as a series of episodes. Cover reveals are great to really attract your attention to a book. We authors may not like to admit it, but book covers still drive readers. In fact, I’m probably guilty of turning my attention away from a book because the cover didn’t attract me. My eyes are always drawn to the best covers in the book shops.

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Nel Hanima grew up amidst chaos. The government collapsed when he was five, and he lived in an underground bunker until he was twelve. His adult life, by comparison, is stable. Government and public services have been restored. But still, the trees and grasses grow browner. The ocean continues to rise, swallowing up neighborhood after neighborhood of Nel’s youth.
 
A faint tug drags at him day after day—the suspicion that his life is without purpose or meaning. Hope for a better future fades with each passing day.
 
One night, he falls asleep in his Seattle apartment and awakens in the City of Nowhere, an impossible conundrum world of non-human citizens, where time and space are an illusion and paradoxes run rampant.
 
As Nel explores the city, he meets Giniip Pana, Rev Merveille, and Drogl Belgaer, humans from alternate versions of his world’s timeline. Together with his new friends, Nel works to unravel the mysteries of Nowhere, to learn how he came to be there, and discover not only a way to return to Seattle, but also the purpose and meaning his life has lacked.
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What I really love about this cover is how the white outlines of the characters are featureless against the swirling black background. For me, this allows us to imagine the protagonists for ourselves as they each traverse the City of Nowhere. The feature length book is scheduled for release on 30th March 2014.
In the meantime, however, the first instalment of the Insomnium episodes is always just a click away to download. Insomnium #1 Asleep is available to download from:
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Voyage Embarkation by Zachary Bonelli – Book Review

Voyage Embarkation coverFirst released as singular ‘episodes’, Zachary Bonelli’s debut, Voyage Embarkation is the first volume in what is hopefully going to be an extensive collection of world hopping science fiction adventures. I have come to love a good sci-fi book, but they do have to have interesting concepts and thought provoking characters for it catch my attention. When I was given the chance to read and review this first volume before its release, I instantly agreed. Its blurb caught my attention with its mention of travelling from world to world, from discovering the beautiful natural wonders that may exist to social decay of others.

We begin with Kal, the teenage protagonist, who has lived in exile upon a foreign world that is populated by giant cats. With nanotechnology commonly used upon Earth, Kal has found that he is extremely allergic to the collective radiation that is produced as a result, putting him in a coma. But through his expertise in computer programming, Kal has found a way to enter the metaxia – ‘an unspace between universes’ as the author explains. With this, he begins his journey, exploring foreign cultures, ever in hope of discovering a cure to his allergy so he can once again return home to where he belongs. Voyage Embarkation is the first chronicle of sorts in Kal’s adventures, and believe me, it is so captivating and wonderous to read.

From tropical jungles where people live in tree baubles, to clay people worshiping a not so benevolent deity; from totalitarian fascist run states where coups are hiding away, to a re-imagining of Norse mythology, this novel crosses the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy culminating in a fast-paced, thoroughly enjoyable thrill ride. The author has such an inventive and creative imagination, and describes each world in such vivid detail, you can really get a taste of what life is like for its inhabitants.

What is also so interesting about these alternate realities, is how rich in detail they are in regards to social and political elements. Some are more cultural based where others have a political hierarchy that must be adhered to at all costs. Zachary Bonelli is one clever man, as he manages to show extreme opposites in rather close proximity to one another, which as a reader gives us an insight into what our world may become. It never comes across as preachy, but rather informative, factual and although Kal may disagree with some of the worlds’ habits, Bonelli never forces morals and rights and wrongs onto you, instead cleverly getting you to ask your own questions. There are some complex issues discussed within, so this may not be a light read, but it does pull you in.

I think what really makes this book is Kal. He is such an endearing main character, one with strong morals; constantly always trying to do the right thing at heart, but sometimes actually messes up. He has such a strong voice, but also the vulnerability to evoke emotion. He’s just a lad who wants to return home, but knows he actually can’t. At times you really feel for the guy. What Bonelli does extremely well with kal, is the subtle development as the book progresses. They aren’t noticeable at first, but as Kal realises his previous mistakes, he starts to amend his behaviour, taking other characters’ feelings into account before he acts. At first, he’s quite a naive young man, thinking that he has the technology and expertise to help the societies he visits – make them better. But over the course of the book, he begins to realise that he isn’t a god, he can’t solve all the problems that face him, and sometimes the connections he makes along the way have to be severed for him to move on.

What is a real gem though, is the character of Tria, Kal’s holographic brother of sorts, the one person who sticks with him along his journey. I found Tria’s witty remarks and brilliant insights really engaging. Especially as we see Kal and Tria’s attachment and relationship grow into something really meaningful with strong foundations. It is hard to imagine the book without Tria actually. I think he is the secret cog in the background that holds everything together – and it also adds an extra level to the novel. The story arc of searching the realms for a way to create Tria a real body is also motivation enough to read.

Voyage Embarkation is the first novel I’ve read that features it central character being gay. It Zacahry Bonelliisn’t something you pick up on at first, but the little clues dotted among the pages do make you think. I do think this is a great part to the story, and why shouldn’t great book have gay protagonists? Zachary Bonelli writes with such conviction and confidence in kal, that only adds to his endearment. It isn’t until the chapter (book) ‘Taboo’ where we really get to see Kal’s sexual orientation come to the fore, with most of that story as kal as the unfortunate victim of hate because of his preferences. I really do think that Bonelli found the right balance of emotion in that chapter, because it would have been too easy to trail of the path as such. The chapter shocks you into shouting at Kal to leave that world. Kal’s vulnerability really does become apparent in that chapter.

I did find the technical sides of this book a little confusing at times, which sort of made things a little slow for me in the beginning. For someone who reads predominately science fiction, I doubt this would be a problem. From nanotechnology, to radiation, to programming, to computer displays and other semantic terms, I think it sometimes shows that Bonelli may have forgotten to clarify some areas, as he is probably so atuned to them already. It certainly doesn’t hinder the novel, and when you do start to pick them up, you can really get into the story more.

Another slightly disadvantage the book has is, well the concept of world hopping really. Trust me, it is an original idea and presented extremely well, but you can’t deny that the forever move to one world to another doesn’t really give you a chance to get your teeth into some of the other characters. This is because as you move on to another world, you are introduced all over again to new characters, never returning to characters you met earlier on. There are some great side characters in here – I certainly hope we get to see some of them again.

Voyage Embarkation is a great sci-fi read, one that touches upon so many bases. It is clever, rich in detail and extremely well written; plus with some great conceptual illustrations inside too. Yes the technical terms can be a little confusing at times, but once you really get behind Kal, you begin to open your eyes that little bit wider and spur him on, enjoying his exploration along with him. Tria is a fab character, one I’m keen to read more about. If world hopping, multi-layered levels of political and cultural symbolism science fiction is your thing, then this will definitely grab your attention. I probably wouldn’t describe it as young adult, more new adult (NA) with its sometimes deep messages and complicated questioning, but that’s a great thing. Zachary Bonelli’s debut is full of exceptional imagination that is only affirmed by his rare, fresh voice. Surely, he is the new face of conceptual science fiction?

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Voyage Embarkation is released by Fuzzy Hedgehog Press at the end of December 2013

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Blue Dust: Destiny by Katy Krump – Book Review

blue_dust_destinySecond books are always eagerly anticipated, as they reintroduce you to characters you fell in love with from their first outing. When I first heard of this Sci-Fi sequel, I was itching to get my hands on it, as Blue Dust: Forbidden was so original and so well written, I just knew that Blue Dust: Destiny would blow me away. After finally finishing it, I was unprepared at how fantastic this book was going to be.

In the first book, we follow Qea’s plight as she must come to terms of what running from a powerful warlord means. She falls for Adam, a boy from Earth, who doesn’t know what he’s let himself in for, but is dragged along into space, encountering everything that Qea has tried to escape from. But through determination, Qea and Adam help the ‘forbidden’ children, where Qea learns of her destiny; the path the spiritual ‘Troiqa’ has set out for her. In Destiny, we follow Qea’s quest to rescue more of the forbidden children, destroying the Detention Hubs along the way. But this book isn’t just about defeating Inquisitors, grimy spectre-like beings that suck the souls of children. This is about Qea’s journey from just a naive leader of a small army into a mature phenomenon that will undoubtedly test her more than she ever imagined. She must infiltrate the ‘Citadel’ – a glass prison and battle an evil she never thought possible.

This is one action packed book – a book that captures your attention from page one, shaking it to its core and doesn’t let go even as you flip the last page. From battles with Inquisitors, to chasing an invisible army hell-bent on stealing children, to sabotaging the inner-workings of the dogmatic regime found in the glass Citadel; Qea has her work cut out for her.

I found Qea a delight to read and follow. She’s a young woman who grows throughout the course of the book; learning severe lessons along the way. She must learn to trust others, think before rushing into fights, as well as coming to terms with the truth about her early life. She’s naturally inquisitive; a trait I found mesmerising, as it gives the author ample opportunity to flex her creative mind and introduce us to other-worldly things. I found this maturing journey of Qea rather realistic, showing how smart this book really is. This is not just Qea’s path in terms of destiny, it’s the bridge of transforming from naive teenager to mature young woman.

But Qea learns the hard way that she not infallible, and so this gives way to a host of absolutely brilliant side characters. Adam is missing for a good chunk of Destiny, but this works fine as the other characters we come across all have their own nuances that are simply adorable. Zaq is the leader of an all boy tribe, and his moral compass is charming, whereas the female leader of the Mae-Zons matches his willingness to protect with her own witty allure. I loved how Katy Krump has re-invented the Amazons of myth. The whole case of characters here actually only enhance the story twice-fold, and I couldn’t help but wish to myself that non of them die later on in the book – I don’t think I would have coped!

Yet this is a book where characters will die, will shed blood and tears, never afraidKaty Krump2 of pulling punches and testing the reader’s resolve. There are moments here that are a little gruesome, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s brilliant! It needs to be, and it’s a testament to the author’s ability. She doesn’t patronise her readers with fluffy endings, happily ever after moments, as in the Octad at least, life is hard, where enemies will come at you from all angles, forcing you to survive by any means necessary.

I think with science fiction nowadays, it pays to be original, especially when it is really easy to ‘copy’ ideas that already exist within the Sci-Fi world, and Blue Dust: Destiny only expands on its uniqueness found from its first in the series. Katy Krump certainly has a clever and exceptional mind. I particularly found the entire glass-making element very interesting, yet completely plausible. And I think that is what works – it may be fantasy, yet you could so easily believe what it is you are reading.

Blue Dust: Destiny is a must read for anyone who is looking for a lose-yourself-in-a-fantastic-story read; one that is impressively well-written, has a brilliant structure and a cast of characters that you really feel for. Katy Krump’s writing style is astoundingly intense, detailed, yet easily accessible for the Young Adult market. The science fiction teenage tilt is so original, there just isn’t anything else like it out there. I fell in love with the whole book, as it not only expands upon Blue Dust: Forbidden, but also excels it in every conceivable way. The action is so unbelievably real and addictive, I often found goosebumps sizzling up my arms, only for me to ignore the time and my body screaming for my bed, to carry on reading until my eyes stung. Now all I have to do is wait until the final book comes out!

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Blue Dust: Destiny is released on October 17th 2013 by Ghostly Publishing and is available to pre-order now from:

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