Signal to Noise by Talya Andor ~ Book Review by Christine

Though not a new title, Signal to Noise, the first installment of Talya Andor’s Psionic Frequency series, is new to me as is the author. I have found another sci fi series to follow!

signaltonoiseimage Title: Signal to Noise

Author: Talya Andor

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Cover Artist: London Burden

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

It’s been three years since the Incursion; three long years since Bastian and his twin brother Theo became the sole survivors on the planet Noise. Their distress calls have gone unanswered, and they are running out of supplies. They have no one but each other. And when the long-awaited rescue finally arrives, it brings with it complications that make being alone and forgotten look easy.

Please note that this story features incest.

Christine’sView:

Note: As mentioned in the publisher’s blurb, readers should be aware of the sexual relationship shared by Theo and Bastian before picking up this title.

The colony planet of Noise was invaded when Theo and Bastian were 13 years old. Left stranded and alone in the colony’s compound, they have survived on their wits, skills, and what supplies were left after the incursion. When Lieutenant Bane and his crew arrive three years later, what the boys thought was a rescue mission turns out to be something quite different. As other interests are revealed and discoveries about the alien invaders are made, there may not be hope of anyone escaping from the planet Noise alive.

I was completely captivated by this story. The colonized planet of Noise, though not fully described, provides an exciting and perilous backdrop for Theo and Bastian’s story and their determination to get off the planet and back to civilization. The author creates a unique and compelling premise for this futuristic tale and the issues surrounding twins Theo and Bastian, their relationship as brothers, and the military mission of Lieutenant Bane’s crew upon their arrival on Noise.

With an interesting plot and well-developed characters, the story builds gradually with the development of the boys’ backstory and the establishment of the crew and its mission on the planet. The action and suspense picks up and takes off as true motives and dangers on the planet are discovered and lives are threatened. The author does an excellent job of creating tense moments for the characters filled with disbelief and dread, and emotions and tension are palpable as the plot races towards a thrilling climax.

I adored Theo and Bastian. Though young, they have survivor instincts and intelligence, and their connection with one another is both beautiful and heartbreaking as they desperately attempt to escape the planet. I only wish there could have been a bit more expansion upon their time alone on Noise and how they developed their special bond as sole survivors and brothers. I also enjoyed their time on-page together, though I felt their final intimate scene was oddly timed for the situation in which they found themselves.

Ultimately, however, I found Signal to Noise to be a thrilling, action-packed sci fi adventure featuring engaging and realistic main and secondary characters and some delicious “brotherly love.” I am excited to get my hands on the second installment of Talya Andor’s Psionic series and see how Theo and Bastian’s story continues.

Buy Links

Less Than Three Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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2 thoughts on “Signal to Noise by Talya Andor ~ Book Review by Christine

  1. You’re welcome, Missy. I really liked this story and recommend it for those who enjoy the genre and subject matter. 🙂

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