Assassination of Hope

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
394 Pages
Reviewed on 08/15/2022
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Author Biography

Justin was born in Galveston, TX and raised in the Houston area. In middle school, he fell in love with two life-long pursuits: space and writing. He knew he wanted to work at NASA and write science fiction/fantasy on the side, and lo and behold, that's exactly what he ended up doing.
He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and an M.S. in Systems Engineering. He now works for Barrios Technology as a project engineer for the next NASA space station, the Gateway, after previously working on commercial avionics, International Space Station (ISS) flight and manifest planning, and ISS research planning. He lives in the Houston area with his wife, daughters, and various small mammals including a grumpy bunny.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Assassination of Hope is a young adult space opera novel by Justin Doyle. With his heroics during the fight against the embargo, Darynn Mark has become an overnight celebrity on Vastire. To reward him for his achievements, the Grand Cardinal organizes a Lifting ceremony to raise Darynn's status. However, the ceremony turns out to be a sham, and soon Darynn finds himself alongside his allies, Fyra Solia and Kaylaa Reesae, setting off for the frozen world of Yiptae in order to learn the secrets of the Iveleen gods. But Yiptae is in the midst of intense civil war, and the murder of an immigration rights leader makes things further complicated. Meanwhile, Darynn must not lose himself to his powers, while Kaylaa has her own family's past to uncover. What they discover will change the course of their lives forever.

Author Justin Doyle has crafted an epic sci-fi saga set in space that fans of Dune or Star Trek will find thoroughly captivating. Full of action, political intrigue, and rich lore, Assassination of Hope is an absolute page-turner of a novel devoid of fluff. The twists and turns keep you on your toes, and the reveals add layers of backstories to the characters. Each primary character has their own motives and inner conflicts that they must navigate, and it makes them all the more compelling to read. Darynn, Fyra, and Kaylaa make an excellent trio, and their inter-dynamics were one of my favorite aspects of the book. If you love science fiction, don't miss out on this one.