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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Love Among The Planets by Isabel Scheck is a fiction novella that follows the “heart” of Selena, the soul of the moon. Written in its entirety as a freestyle poem, we are first introduced to Selena and the love she shares with the soul of the sun, Aurora. It is Selena who narrates, describing how over billions of years the two eventually met and fell in love. Aurora is warm and self-confident and adored by all who know of her. There is also Pearl, the soul of Pluto, who they visit on their many escapades throughout the heavens. Pearl is Aurora's best friend and similar in outlook, emotion, and temperature to Selena...and when Aurora passes away, the two old souls turn to one another for comfort and support.
“...both were covered in the night, the darkness, whereas Aurora was soaked in sunlight...”
Love Among The Planets by Isabel Scheck is a unique tale told in creative stanzas that read exactly like a story should. It's clear and heartfelt, mixing pain and pleasure in lilting lines that ebb and flow freely, much like the moon directing the ocean. The narrative, as it is provided from the point of view of Selena, is both descriptive in its building of the universe as they know it, and emotional in the way they portray it. This is an exceptionally anomalous book that takes no time at all to get into. I genuinely enjoyed reading it and believe it will do well with teenagers and young adults just as easily as it will for those readers who are equally young at heart.