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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Beyond The Pale Blue Sun is the second installment of Kip Koelsch's Saga of the Cerulean Universe. Captain A'zra wakes up to find herself rescued by a Pelagian island ship named the Wanderin and is swiftly put in stasis to enable her recovery. Eleven years go by, and A'zra still finds it difficult to let go of her past. Meanwhile, the M'aremundians sanction the Tor Meget as their first expedition vessel beyond their system's pale blue sun. However, Captain Victoria has her stake in the mission, which gets complicated when she learns of the Greater Pod's covert plan to monitor Tor Meget's progress to artificially slow down M'aremundi's technological advancement. It is part of the Greater Pod's desire to keep island dwellers as secondary participants in maintaining The Balance of the Cerulean Universe.
Beyond The Pale Blue Sun is a wildly imaginative sci-fi novel that explores the Cerulean Universe further and immerses you in a rich and detailed cosmos dominated by a race of highly intelligent whales. Author Kip Koelsch keeps a fast-paced narrative with just enough exposition to keep the reader hooked to the pages. Koelsch's worldbuilding is of the highest tier, and I found a universe where a sentient race of whales is the domineering species to be a very intriguing concept. There are parallels to be found in the Emissaries of the Greater Pod and the way some of the leaders of the free world act in the current political climate. I very much enjoyed reading Beyond The Pale Blue Sun, and I would highly recommend it to sci-fi fans.