Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Book review: The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

Title: The Scourge Between Stars
Author: Ness Brown
Genre: Horror; Short Story; Science Fiction
Publication Date:
Publisher: Tor

As acting captain of the starship Calypso, Jacklyn Albright is responsible for keeping the last of humanity alive as they limp back to Earth from their forebears’ failed colony on a distant planet.

Faced with constant threats of starvation and destruction in the treacherous minefield of interstellar space, Jacklyn's crew has reached their breaking point. As unrest begins to spread throughout the ship’s Wards, a new threat emerges, picking off crew members in grim, bloody fashion.

Jacklyn and her team must hunt down the ship’s unknown intruder if they have any hope of making it back to their solar system alive.


*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*

Hello Fellow Readers,

Trying to get back into the science fiction genre, I needed something quick, fast-paced, and interesting and The Scourge Between Stars definitely delivered. Brown has a great way of keeping you on your toes with a tense suspenseful horror. While it definitely gave cliches when it comes to the 'intruder invades spaceship' trope brown does it in a way that makes you pay attention and keep turning the page. Jacklyn is a delight and is definitely worthy of the title of captain and could give Ripley a run for her money. 

Yes, the story is quite predictable and I did wish the setup to the action was a tad quicker, BUT when the action started Brown did not slow down. I also wish we could have gotten a bit more indepth with the politics of the Calypso, Jacklyn's family dynamic, and her relationship with the crew but I do know what would have made the book much longer. This could make for an interesting series if Brown does to go down that route.

Overall, if your looking for a quick sci-fi read this should be right up your alley. 

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