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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
In a World of Our Making by Michael Hurst-Mawasse is a science fiction novel packed with action and adventure and aimed at the mature side of a young adult audience as it does contain some violence. This opening novel in the Blue Horizon series finds us following the trials of Seph, an eighteen-year-old plagued by the debts her missing mother has left behind. When a job offer pops up that comes with a risky neural implant, Seph has no choice but to accept. All she must do in return is imagine new worlds for others to enjoy. But shadows are lurking in these new worlds that Seph doesn’t understand, and they threaten to destroy everything she’s worked for, including her very life.
Michael Hurst-Mawasse offers stellar teen and new-adult science fiction that delivers in every single chapter. I was transfixed by the concept from the outset. The internal logic of the work is handled well so you always understand the parameters of the technology, and this makes the danger all the more real when it suddenly looms over poor Seph. The character development of our central hero is superb, with a lot of emotional and psychological story points that get unpacked naturally as she faces different challenges. It also makes Seph an endearing and vulnerable figure to follow in her exploits. The plot is a masterstroke in pacing, delivering a brilliant through-line that tingles with suspense and delivers cinematic and complex action sequences at just the right moments. Overall, I recommend In a World of Our Making, and I can’t wait to see what more the series has in store.