Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.
The Loneliness of Distant Beings
Blurb (from Goodreads):
'It is that quick, it is that strong, it is that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.'

Even though she knows it's impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It's something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you're floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. For a while he becomes the Sun for her; and she can't help but stay in his orbit. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.

In the end they must decide what is most important: loyalty to the only home they've ever known, or to each other?

The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Loneliness of Distant Beings “We are responsible for our own survival, for the survival of our species. And it is our duty, every one of ours, to make that our priority.”

This was a YA sci-fi/romance story, featuring a group of people living on a space ship.

Seren was a girl who spoke out about her thoughts and didn’t care what other people thought, even when it got her into big trouble. Dom was a more reserved character and thought about consequences first, it just wasn’t possible for him to keep Seren in line though!

“It’s perfection.”
“Or another thing that’s suspiciously convenient.”

The storyline in this reminded me a bit of ‘Across the Universe’ only without the cryogenically frozen scientists. Partners were picked for people by computers, and not going along the computers choice was not allowed at all, so Seren and Dom had no chance of being together without facing harsh punishments, so this was a bit of a forbidden romance. Seren and Dom were cute together though, and it was terrible the way they weren’t allowed to be together.

“And then it’s happening: we’re kissing. And right then I know that I am his and always will be. Always was.”

The ending to this was pretty action packed, and left me thinking ‘wow’.

8 out of 10

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