Darker Space (Lena R.’s Review)

Title: Darker Space
Author: Lisa Henry
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.2 stars out of 5

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.

I was one of a very few readers(if not a single one) who wasn’t actually excited to find out that the author was working on the sequel to Dark Space. Don’t get me wrong – I loved Dark Space, and I like Lisa Henry’s writing, but I didn’t see a lot of potential in this story. Science fiction is also a genre , that is not very suitable for a series. IMO. I prefer the genre rather as stand alone books.
MM-science-fiction-romance as a series? DIF-FI-CULT! So, yes, I was skeptical. What, in principle, not the wrong way to start a book- you can’t be disappointed, right?

Let me tell you first what I LIKED here:

1) The writing. I haven’t read a lot of Lisa Henry’s books, but she’s a skilled writer, and she knows how to intrigue and captivate a reader. This book is not an exception.

2) Brady. I love him, even if he became a pain in the back side with his insecurity, fears, nightmares and a VERY low self-esteem. But honestly, I UNDERSTAND pretty well WHY. And I love his dirty mouth. (Even if I really dislike a lot of “FUCK”-words in my books.

3) I was sure it was at least THREE things I wanted to mention, but at the moment I can’t recall anything else.

While I prefer the part in the plot of [book:Dark Space|16174363], that described what happened to our MCs in SPACE, on Defender Three, in [book:Darker Space|20700258] I enjoyed more the part of the story that described a NORMAL life(if one could name it a normal life) of Brady and Can on the EARTH. I can though understand that for many readers EXACTLY this part could appear a bit boring or slow-pacing, because it is a quite part, without a lot of actions, but I’m a first person POV’s junkie and I really really LIVED through it- I was inside Brady’s head, I felt his INSECURITY, I FELT him. I was CONNECTED to him. I WAS with him.

Okay, now let me tell you WHY it was like 5 stars book for me at the beginning and WHY it is not more than just 3 stars at the end:

1) It’s NOT the WRITING, okay? It is the story, that turned into 2 stars-story toward the end for me. I can’t explain it without spoiling it for you. But believe me, you don’t have to feel the same. So I’m talking about MY feeling about it.

2) TOO MANY Lucy for my taste. I don’t know if the reason is- I’m not a MOTHER. Never been, and not going to be. I love my nephews, but I prefer my MM romance WITHOUT kids. The second installment has definitely TOO MUCH Lucy.

3) The third part of the book. I…I think I don’t like it at all. No, it is not about the cliffhanger. I don’t really see it as a cliffhanger, for me it is more a sign, that a third sequel is DEFINITELY coming. I didn’t have this feeling after Dark Space, but here it is obvious.

4) The most strange and unpleasant thing about the plot- I’M NOT in need to read it ASAP. I’m like…indifferent.

5) I disliked pretty much the last sex scene in this book. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

6) Too many new characters that were added to the plot at the third part. It was suddenly too crowded, and not in a good way.

I’m not sure how to rate it. Some parts I liked more than ones in Dark Space, but there were parts, that I didn’t like at all. Still, if you like and enjoy the genre, you have to read it. There are series you can read without necessarily reading all installments in the right order, but Darker Space is a book you can’t read without reading the first book.

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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.