Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Cover Artist: Louisa Maggio
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Sometimes answers fall from the sky…
Dead Rock, Texas, 2037
Raleigh 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.
Suzanne van Rooyen is a new author for me. Looking at her backlist, she seems to be fairly new to M/M. I would not have known that, however, from reading Scardust. I will certainly be reading more by her.
Scardust follows the life of a down on his luck man, Raleigh, who just wants to get to Mars. He meets a mysterious man under mysterious circumstances. They proceed to run from some mysterious “government officials” all while trying to figure out who “Meteor Man” (aka Crow) really is and from where he really hails.
Despite the somewhat slow pace in the beginning, I kept turning page after page. I enjoyed getting to know Raleigh and Crow. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom despite their reservations. I enjoyed seeing the pull together against a common enemy and working for a solution to their mystery. I enjoyed the twist, even if I wasn’t surprised by it.
I would classify Scardust as SciFi Lite. There are definitely some SciFi elements, but it is set in a world mostly like our own, with a few modifications like spray on clothes. You aren’t on a foreign planet. You aren’t dealing with “alien” species… well maybe you are… who don’t know the customs. There isn’t a lot of world building because there doesn’t need to be. The biggest thing is that Mars is a place to go to live and apparently the Moon is already colonized. Neither of which I actually see happening by 2037, but who knows.
As I said in the beginning, I would be happy to read another offering from this author.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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