Friday, 3 June 2016

Review - The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

Title: The Loneliness of Disant Beings
Author: Kate Ling
Pages: 320
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: 19th May 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 

It is that quick, that strong, that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.

Even though she knows it's impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It's something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you're hurtling through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. He becomes the sun for her, and she can't help but stay in his orbit. To lose him would be like losing herself . . .

In the dark, can a heart still hope?  

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley*

- Contains spoilers-

Seren's home is a spaceship on a several hundred-year long journey to find the source of a signal received on Earth. All she has known is the ship, Ventura, and Seren's life is mapped out for her - when she graduates she will be assigned a life partner who she will have children with whether she wants to or not.
Then Seren meets Dom and for the first time in her life she's found something she wants.
Can Seren and Dom have a future?

My favourite part of The Loneliness of Distant Beings was the sci-fi element but it was overshadowed by the romance.
I didn't find Seren very likeable - she was selfish and didn't think about how what she was doing would hurt her family. She was also needy.
I didn't like the romance with Dom; their relationship happened too quickly for me and felt forced.
I actually preferred Ezra, Seren's life partner, to Dom.
After deciding that she had to let go of Dom and spend her life with Ezra, Seren then did a complete 180 the night before her wedding which I didn't understand - she was getting on with Ezra and seemed fine without Dom but then he appeared at her door and she was suddenly flinging herself at him, unable to live without him. Sure Seren would have lived her life with someone she didn't love but at least she would have had her family.
I would have liked to find out if the Ventura made it to the source of the signal and who the signal was created by.

Overall this was a disappointing read.