ARC Review: The Loneliness of Distant Beings – Kate Ling

Synopsis: the loneliness of distant beings cover

‘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?

I received an eARC edition of this book courtesy of Hachette Children’s Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Either I’m being really harsh on books this year, or they’re just not good books because quite frankly this was yet another slight let down (yet of lesser proportions than my previous reads, seeing as I did like quite a few things about it).

I loved the sci-fi, spacey twist on the dystopian genre… Yes, I did just say that I liked a dystopian book shocked cat gif.gif

I really liked the aspect of the lack of freedom for once, well, maybe not “liked” but definitely found the fact that people would sign their descendants up for a lifetime of what was basically slavery to a REALLY corrupt political system IN SPACE interesting. I just couldn’t completely comprehend why on earth (shameless pun) anyone would put up with some of the things happening on that ship. I think that the sci-fi twist on the typical same ol’ dystopia was really what I needed to warm up to the genre which has been an interesting discovery.

However, the book also had elements which really really annoyed me, like the ever present love triangle, which I could smell a mile off after the MC decided to descibe a guy’s moles upon their second encounter, after already being engaged to another man as per dystopian tradition. Which of course led to an overly dramatic and plot consuming insta-love/lust story which was put into the spotlight by the absence/flatness of supporting characters.

Although admittedly, this got slightly more bearable as the book went on and we met a few characters and also discovered more about some of the main(er) ones which was quite nice to see as that doesn’t happen very often at all in dystopian novels so big kudos to Ling for not forgetting to develop her story beyond the MC.

In saying that, I felt as though the main character, and Ezra and Dom were slightly immature and definitely fell a bit flat. However, the ending of the book was pleasing and it definitely provided a lot of hope for the next book to be slightly more fast-paced and action filled which would be something to look forward to.

Overall, I’d definitely say that this book is worth reading if you’d like to see something new brought into the dystopian genre, I honestly really liked the idea of sci-fi being such a key part of this story. The writing style and really well written and thought-out description were also great strength of this particular title.

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

“It is that quick, it is that strong, it is that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.”



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