Book Review: The Void by Brett J. Talley

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The Void by Brett J. Talley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aboard the intergalactic ship the Chronos in the year 2169 the crew of Captain Caroline Gravely, Rebecca Kensington, Aidan Connor, Jack Crawford, Cyrus McDonnell and Malcolm Ridley engages in warp travel and encounter a deserted long lost ship The Singularity. On an undisclosed mission to the distant Riley the crew faces obstacle after obstacle.  Cyrus becomes infected as a result of something gone awry in midst of his sleep chamber while in warp mode. As a result the crew submerges in trepidation in having to quarantine him for his own safety and everyone else’s. It appears as though he won’t make the balance of the journey let alone the return home. The Chronos, their mother ship narrowly escapes several black holes, a glimpse into certain, inevitable demise. Their ultimate mission takes a dramatic turn as Crawford discloses their sole purpose is to find The Singularity, restore it bring it back to civilization. A mutiny ensues as we learn Rebecca knew all along of their superiors’ intentions. Newly enamored Aidan cannot shake his sense of betrayal as the remaining crew are held hostage to comply with their suicidal mission. Unearthly apparitions make their presence known first through the haunting dream like states the crew experiences while sedated in midst of warp travel then eclipses into reality while aboard the Singularity. Will the nightmarish fiends enslave the core existence of the crew of The Chronos? Or will they have the stuff to conquer fear within itself?

Received as part of LibraryThing Early Reviewers June 2012 batch.

Did seem to be a bit of a palaver to get the book – I got sent an email, that gave me a link to a password protected page, where after entering the password, I had to enter my name and email on another page, to take me to another page, where I could make my free purchase and download the book. Despite the “download the version specifically formatted for your type of ebook!” there was the odd formatting issue when loaded onto my Kobo, but that was more of a personal taste issue, than there being a fault with the book itself.

As to the book itself – it’s been a long time since I’ve read either a scifi book or a horror book. There’s a little hard science in this, but it’s more about the effect of warp on the humans involved. It turns out that warp causes dreams, all of which are connected (though few people realise it as few openly talk about that they see in their dreams).

In an attempt to stop the dreams, there is an experiment on a specially designed ship (the singularity) to test a new way of travel. The Chronos comes across the desolated remains of the Singularity and finds out what happened – causing the remaining crew to confront not only the horror of what happened on the Singularity, but what the dreams mean to themselves.

There are some truly disturbing parts in the book, though I did feel that those on the Singularity who managed to record their dreams were very wordy and didnt come across as people who were borederline mad and in fear for their lives (from the Shadows, their crewmates or themselves)

Brett can be found at his website here

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