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Review – Across the Void by S. K. Vaughn

I requested this because the cover looks a lot like the Do You Dream of Terra-Two? cover by Temi Oh. And I loved that book!

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.


Across the Void

by S. K. Vaughn

Synopsis by NetGalley / GoodReads

May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident. There is just one person who can save her: a man whose heart she broke, millions of miles away. 

It’s Christmas Day, 2067.

Silent Night drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. A sole woman, May, stirs within – the last person left alive of a disastrous first manned mission to Europe, a moon of Saturn.

There is only one person who can help her – her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission.

Now May clings to life and it is only his voice travelling across the fathomless miles that can bring her home.

In this twisty, gasp-inducing thriller, when each breath is a fight for survival, their relationship is the difference between life and death.


My Opinion

Overall

I like the story, the drama, the characters, but I felt it could have been more intense. It felt more like a space opera than a thriller. But hey! It was a good read.

This was not as British as I hoped. The main character is British but that’s it.

The Story

It takes place in the future but partly in space and partly on earth. In the aftermath of the first ever expedition to Europa, the main character, May, wakes up after being sick and doesn’t know why. The AI also has memory issues and the spaceship is deserted and the engines are failing. While on Earth, Stephen is struggling to cope with the loss of contact with his wife and her spaceship and what follows.

World Building

Not too steep. Considering the main character has amnesia, we as readers follow her as she figures things out. It starts off in the medical bay of the ship for the first few chapters and then she slowly explores the ship and slowly introduces Stephen and others on Earth. I liked how it was done and the pacing of it.

Magic/Science System

No magic obviously. There were hardly any science and this sci-fi book felt more of a space opera because of it. It’s clearly made for the masses, and there is no problem with that.

Characters

There are two main characters: May and Stephen. I loved the interaction between the two.

May is the commander of the vessel and wakes up from a coma. She struggles with amnesia which adds a thriller feel and adds suspense.

Stephen is the scientist of the book but it didn’t get science heavy. I liked his nerdiness and kindness with an ability to fight for what’s right.

Then there is Eve, the AI. In the beginning, I thought she might have done something which causes the failure of the ship because it’s a stereotype – “the evil AI”. But in this book, the AI hasn’t reached that level of intelligence. She is somewhere between the stupid do-as-i’m-told AI where the automatic response is “unrecognised command” and the highly intelligent versions who run the ship on their own and makes their own decisions. There were moments when I thought “surely she knows this?”, and then there were moments when she surprised me. I can’t really make my mind up about her. But she was funny.

LGBT?

Nope, none.

Writing

There were a few spelling mistakes throughout the book, but not too many so it was fine. I hope these are fixed in the published version.

It flowed easily throughout and I liked how the author separated the story depending on time. A character would indicate that they had a memory come back or float to the surface of their mind, then the chapter would end and a new begin, and the new chapter for that memory.

It felt more of a space opera read with a hint of thriller moments and action. It was quite easy to read and I really enjoyed that.

Summary

Entertaining read with a satisfying ending, but it felt more like a space opera than a thriller. Very enjoyable 🙂

Recommended for people who are getting into sci-fi or want to try it out. And for those who already like sci-fi and isn’t fussed about the science.


Have you read this? What did you think?

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