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REVIEW: “Darker Space” by Lisa Henry

ABOUT:

Brady Garrett is back on Earth. He’s living with his partner Cam and they’re raising his sister Lucy together. Life is better than some feral reffo from Kopa has any right to hope, and Brady knows it. He’s even grateful for it, most of the time. He loves Cam, even though he’s afraid that he’s not good enough for him, and he’s still having nightmares about the alien Faceless.
Cameron Rushton loved being a pilot once, and he still feels the pull of the starlight. He’s building a life with Brady now, and with Lucy. Life is good, even if it’s not without its complications. Both Brady and Cam are dealing with the endless cycle of interviews, tests, and questions that the military hierarchy hopes will reveal the secrets of the aliens who could very easily destroy humanity. They have each other though, and together they’re making it work.

But from out in the black, Kai-Ren is still watching and everything Brady and Cam think they’ve won, they stand to lose all over again.

BOOK INFO:
Title: Darker Space (Dark Space #2)

Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages: 228
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
Purchase Links: Loose Id

REVIEW:

Believe it or not, Lisa Henry is a new-to-me author. I know, I know, what is the matter with me? I’ve heard all the rave reviews and have half a dozen of her books on my list and yet time continues to slip through my fingers and I’m racing up the mountain of books I want to read. When I saw Dark Space had a sequel coming out, I jumped. I jumped on the opportunity because it was just the push I needed to read Dark Space and dust off 3 years worth of bunnies.

I LOVED Dark Space until the end and then I really, really LIKED it. I gorged myself on Dark and Darker in less than 48 hours. I read until my eyes watered and betrayed me and then read as soon as I woke up. When the hellacious warp-speed trip came to an end, I was exhausted and couldn’t properly distinguish my feelings. It was as if everything had melted. I was a radioactive puddle of emotional goo.

There was a great deal that I adored and then there was a good deal that I struggled with. One thing that simply cannot be disputed was the writing.

The intricacy of this futuristic world was illustrated with brilliance clarity.

I felt. I heard. I saw. I was…there.  When it was shining, it was intense and even when it lost some of its luster, it still packed a punch. And that’s Brady for you…always swinging.

I was initially captivated by Brady. Then Cam took over my focus until I realized that it was the combination of the two of them that made my heart beat triple time. Together they were a force to be reckoned with. Although they are ‘together’ they are not ‘together’ in this continuation of their story. Does that make sense? Okay, let me back up. What I found extremely fascinating in book one was their connection. Not only their telepathy but their bond, their link, their critical dependence on one another…I couldn’t get enough. Their syncing heartbeat was so profoundly touching. The gift of feeling what your lover feels when they touch, see, hear you-blew me away. I didn’t like this aspect of the story, I adored it.

They no longer have this unique and personal tie. The link is severed. Now wait just a sec! They are still in love and happy. They are back planetside, living in an apartment, raising Lucy and working off the rest of their service time. Brady is having an extremely difficult time adjusting to his rise in the social hierarchy. He hangs his head and has the ‘woe is me’ syndrome for the first quarter of the book. It became a bit tiresome. I was frustrated with him. I understand he was frustrated with himself, but I caught the annoyance bug. I wanted to shake him and remind him that he was worthy of Cam’s love.

It was also quite the recap. I may have felt this repeat, repeat, repeat a bit stronger because I read them back to back. But it was clear that a summarization of book one was the beginning of book two.

However, before long things pick up and the right hooks and upper cuts start flying. After a brief emotional battering we find ourselves….going back to the Black. Once we board Defender Three again, it becomes obvious that this is not the end of their story, but merely the middle. It’s the filling in the trilogy. I for one, love the filling. You pass me an Oreo and the first thing I do is break it open and devour the filling. This may be an issue for some of you, but I didn’t mind the set up for book three. There is no doubt that Darkest Space is coming and I am claiming a spot right now. BUT! If by chance the impromptu slick warrants a Bam-Ren I am going to put in my gripe to the complaint department. Just sayin’.

Kai-Ren was one of my issues. The rape and the take and the sexual unease that I felt from his character was one of my issues. The master and the pet…was one of my issues. These are simply my issues and hopefully won’t be yours.

I loved how Brady and Cam love each other.
I loved how the world became white noise when they were together.
I loved how men not born heroes become heroes.
I loved how two men gaze at the same vision and see completely different things. One may see the end. Another may see the future. And as it turns out, they both are right.

I’m not done with Brady and Cam…..and thank my lucky star they aren’t done either.

 

4 comments on “REVIEW: “Darker Space” by Lisa Henry

  1. shelley
    October 15, 2015

    Wonderful review! I’m so pleased that there is a recap of the first book for those of us who need it and thrilled to bits to hear that Kai-Ren still has …form :) You know I love the telling of an evil master and his unwilling pet. I’m looking forward to this one :)

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  2. Sheri
    October 15, 2015

    Thanks Shell. I’m confident you will enjoy this one. Brady is forced to face all of his fears, The Faceless is only one of them. Despite all of my ‘oh yes!’ and ‘oh no!’ head games, I was left feeling….anxious for more. And I’m dreaming about them. That always tell me something…when my subconscious won’t let go.

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  3. glasscitybooks
    October 16, 2015

    As a long time SF reader, while I liked this, I was amazed no one picked up the obvious problems — magazines? Cigarettes? Sorry, build a future and think about it. Better to have set this somewhere other than the future. So, liked the writing and the story telling, was pretty much appalled by the lack of world building and thought that went into it. Hoping for more informed reviews in the future.

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    • Sheri
      October 16, 2015

      While I can’t say that I am a seasoned SF reader, I have read a fair share. One of my favorite SF series would be ‘The Administration’ and though it is ‘worlds apart’ from this series, I recall cigarettes and magazines present in that futuristic world as well. Actually, it seemed natural to me that the chosen paraphernalia to accompany the enlisted men would be smokes, booze and porn. I don’t think that has anything to do with the world-building here.
      As far as the timeline….I couldn’t say ‘when’ precisely this story takes place but I envisioned it within reach. Could be tomorrow that humanity was attacked by The Faceless or it could be next year, but I didn’t feel as though this was set a hundred years from now. No flying cars, no magic food source…just a bunch of humans trying to prepare and protect themselves from another attack from a freaky alien race.
      Personally, I believe a substantial amount of thought was placed into the creation of this story. Which is why I enjoyed so much, despite my issues.
      And I must wonder why you continued with book two in the series if you were appalled with the lack of creativity? I would imagine that you would have been well informed about this alternate reality from Dark Space….but I do apologize if you felt as though my thoughts on the book were less than informative.

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