My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected publication date: May 8, 2018
Blast off! This book literally transported me to another world. Okay, well not literally, but you get the idea. Part science fiction and part murder mystery, Obscura follows the life of Dr. Gillian Ryan as she pursues a cure for Losian’s Disease, a crippling neurological disease that causes extensive memory loss. While her daughter is struggling with the disease, Gillian receives an offer she can’t turn down, continued funding for her research in exchange for assistance with a classified NASA mission. However, things are not as they seem! Joe Hart’s writing is fantastic, and I genuinely felt like I was walking in Gillian’s space shoes the entire time. Gillian is a likable character, and a true badass! I could feel her passion, helplessness, excitement, and every emotion in between as the story progressed.
I can’t even tell you how many times throughout Obscura I said, “I did not see that coming!” One of the best things about this book is the element of surprise. When you think you have things figured out, you don’t. I couldn’t put this one down (at the expense of my accounting class… oh well), and even chancing car sickness to read in the passenger seat during our long drive from Northern Indiana to Tennessee.
I will be highly recommending this one to family and friends. Even if you’re not a huge fan of science fiction. You don’t have to be, to be honest. The mystery is enough to get you hooked! Just make sure you don’t get lost in space!
-This advanced release copy was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and Joe Hart for the opportunity to review-