Friday, August 16, 2019

Review - Across the Void by S.K. Vaughn

Title: Across the Void
Author: S.K. Vaughn
Pages: 368
Publisher: Sphere
Release Date: 6th June 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident. There is just one person who can save her: a man whose heart she broke, millions of miles away. 
It's Christmas Day, 2067.

Silent Night drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. A sole woman, May, stirs within - the last person left alive of a disastrous first manned mission to Europe, a moon of Saturn.

There is only one person who can help her - her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission.

Now May clings to life and it is only his voice travelling across the fathomless miles that can bring her home.

In this twisty, gasp-inducing thriller, when each breath is a fight for survival, their relationship is the difference between life and death.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley*

Commander Maryam 'May' Knox wakes up in the med bay of her spaceship with no memory of the illness that led to her being there. From her long term memory, May knows that she is on a NASA mission to Europa, but she can't recall anything from the past few weeks.
With no sign of the crew, a damaged ship, and no contact with NASA, May must try to survive with only the ship's AI for help.
What happened to the crew?
Can May get back in contact with NASA?
How was the ship damaged?

Across the Void has two main characters - May who was in space struggling to survive, and Stephen (May's husband) who was on Earth, his own life in danger as he tried to do what he could to help bring May home. They were both interesting characters and I liked the flashback chapters where their pasts were revealed. I did find May a little annoying at times, and got the feeling that the author was trying to make her like Mark Watney from The Martian. However, I thought that May was very strong and coped a lot better than I would have in her situation.
There were a couple of times when I wanted to skip Stephen's Earth-based chapters so that I could get back to May, but I resisted the urge.
The plot was very action-packed and suspenseful. I enjoyed the first half more, because of the mystery element.
The science was intriguing, although I don't know how plausible it is.
The writing style was easy to follow and I am interested in reading more by the author.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, action-packed read.

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