It Takes Death to Reach a Star


Fiction - Science Fiction
324 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2018
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Scientist. Writer. Muay Thai Fighter

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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite

In the year 2251, the world as we know it is gone, taken by ignorance and greed. It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel about Mila Solokoff, Demitri Stasevich, and respectively the malevolent Vedmak. Mila and Demitri lead separate lives in the same city, a city in the frozen wastelands of northern Siberia called Etyom. A city where people are separated by classism and conflict. Mila belongs to the Robusts, a lower class society that is starved of the privileges which the Graciles have all to themselves, Graciles like Demitri. However, Demitri isn’t like the rest of them; he’s got a dirty little secret which has nothing to do with his illegal drug use. Funnily enough, the pair are thrown together to make a decision that could alter the lives of all the people in Etyom.

It can’t be a coincidence that Etyom takes place in Russia, because some of the best sci-fi novels come from famous Russian authors like the Strugatsky brothers who wrote Roadside Picnic and Dmitry Glukhovsky who created the Metro books. “The world has changed, but the people in it didn’t.” I cannot fathom how Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington created this masterpiece. I am awestruck at how well developed their characters are and how vivid and immersive is the world they have built. It’s so oddly surreal, yet all of it is brilliantly woven together in this fictional post-apocalyptic world. Fans of this genre would be well advised to pick up a copy of It Takes Death to Reach a Star.

J.M. Myrick

A fantastic journey and the beginning of an epic saga! Mila is strong, resourceful, and cunning. Her character believes in something more; something she can’t see, but can only feel. Demitri is brilliant, unique, and tormented with a darkness that steals the show, literally. The story was packed full of action, suspense, and was so very fitting in the end. It’s possible to be happy, shocked, and in turmoil all at once, as ITDTRS thrills the whole way through!

The splender of a sky world hanging over the dystopian hell below, is as different as these two great characters. Darkness and light collide in Etyom, while the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance. The thought put into this fictional reality is an amazing piece of work by two great authors. A masterpiece that you can’t put down!