Scardust, by Suzanne van Rooyen
Publisher: Entangled (Embrace)
Release Date: February 8, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Gay, M/M
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
This novel took me by surprise and completely blew me away! A psychological science fiction novel set in small-town Texas, SCARDUST has everything I could hope for: a compelling mystery, complex characters, a gorgeous slow-build romance, and underlying themes of reaching for your dreams and refusing to settle for less.
Raleigh is the kind of underdog that I love to root for. He’s brilliant, driven, and stuck in a rut, struggling to make ends meet and barely hanging on to his sanity. He’s been used and abused in the worst of ways. I love characters who are flawed but still strong, and Raleigh is absolutely fantastic.
There are a few different stories weaving together in this novel, and Suzanne handles them all with aplomb. I love novels that manage to integrate science fiction and contemporary side-by-side, and the mystery was so well done that I was guessing until the very end!
I think this novel is about never giving up, about what it means to be human, and the psychological elements will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.