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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Flashing Dark is a work of fiction in the science fiction, adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It was intended for the general reading audience and was penned by author Bobbie Falin. In this emotionally charged and character-led drama, we meet Vivi Zant, who experienced unimaginable horrors and loss when she was younger. Now faced with the burden of a child she tried to rescue, who is wandering unprotected in a place where humans are forbidden, Vivi must summon all her smarts and courage to save the kid from a dire fate. But with no tech, no ship, and no support, taking on the whole of the Moneyworld solo is no mean feat, and she will have to risk it all.
This engrossing and high-stakes science fiction novel was a wonderful balance of character-driven storytelling and immersive world-building with a satisfying overall concept. I liked the many ways in which author Bobbie Falin brings realism to this sci-fi world, where even those trying to do the right thing can suffer from and also cause dire knock-on effects that devastate other people along the way. Vivi was a standout central protagonist, ambiguous in her loyalties to everything except the duty and sense of justice she felt in her heart. This made her highly relatable but also exciting and a little unpredictable in the plot, which makes for some really intense moments where you genuinely can’t guess what will happen next. Overall, I would certainly recommend Flashing Dark to science fiction and space opera enthusiasts alike.