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    Suzanne Van Rooyen(Author)

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Dead Rock, Texas, 2037Raleigh 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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  • PDF | 266 pages
  • Suzanne Van Rooyen(Author)
  • Entangled Publishing (8 Feb. 2016)
  • English
  • 4
  • Gay & Lesbian

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  • By JN on 24 March 2016

    I really enjoyed this twisted, dark but hopeful book. The major strengths of the novel are the voice and the really unique Sci-Fi, colony-on-mars premise. For me, the best part of this novel was undoubtedly the voice Von Rooyen developed for Raleigh. I got an almost immediate sense of his character right from the opening paragraphs. He's snarky, witty, a bit temperamental ... flawed, but likable ... and the references to his self-harm are heartbreaking. I wrote in one of my early status updates that this book had one of the best opening lines I've ever read. That brilliant level of word-perfect craft continued. I think this is the type of m/m book that will appeal readers who aren't ardent m/m fans as well as those that are -- so important in making gay romance more mainstream.It's hard to make dystopian fiction seem unique anymore. Von Rooyen definitely succeeded in that.As a pretty dedicated speculative fiction reader, I would have liked to see a little bit more fleshed out world building, especially relating to the technology of the world. World weirdness is one of the main reasons I read the genre. This book definitely had the fabulously weird -- but would have liked to see a little bit more of it!

  • By Splashes Into Books on 18 February 2016

    This is a very different story in many ways. Set in the future, with Raleigh Williams starring as he endeavours to travel to Mars to scatter his brother’s ashes and so fulfil his brother’s last wish. For me it wasn’t an easy read, and to be quite honest it wasn't a page turner for me, either. You think you’ve sorted some aspect out and understand what’s happening and why only for another diversion to side track you again! It is full of surprises along the way and especially towards the end when you find out just what it was all about. It does contain some traumatic events and isn’t for the prudish or homophobic. I suspect it is one of those books that you'll either love or not be of real interest, for me it was just an ok read, one that I started and left a few times before finishing as I didn't find it really engaging, hence the rating. So, all that taken into consideration, this is a surprising science fiction novel with developed characters, a MM romance, together with a plot that’s full of unexpected events and a final twist.


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