3 Stars for Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen #MM #Sci-Fi @Suzanne_Writer


Title: Scardust
Author Name & Publisher: Suzanne van Rooyen (Entangled Embrace)
Publication Date & Length: February 8th 2016-266 pages


Dead Rock, Texas, 2037

Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.

Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.

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So, this is a story about Raleigh, a guy who lives in Texas in the year 2037. He’s saving up to go to Mars, which apparently is the new “Dream” on earth, and he’s using his body to get there. Yeah, right from the start of the book he’s selling himself to save money to buy a ticket to Mars. And then a few pages later, he’s introduced to “Meteor Man”. He was just sitting there, minding his own business when boom, a naked man with markings lands next to him.
I tried to like Raleigh, but for some reason, I couldn’t get into him. I couldn’t get into Crow either. Things happened too fast, then too slow, then fast again. I liked some things though. Like the memory swap, and how they learned about each other. The world building was interesting and the characters personalities stayed consistent. They’re both flawed and didn’t automatically become saints.
Maybe I’ll reread this book again with fresh eyes.


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I’m a YA author with a penchant for the dark and strange. I primarily write speculative fiction but enjoy literary writing as well. I occasionally delve into adult genres too.

I’m a musician and have a Master’s degree in music, but I prefer writing strange stories, baking peanut butter cupcakes and playing with my shiba inu.


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