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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stargun Messenger is a work of fiction in the science fiction, interpersonal drama, and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to some mature themes and explicit language. Penned by author Darby Harn, the story follows Astra Idari, a Stargun Messenger who has a hazy memory and a penchant for alcohol. Her job involves tracking down thieves who steal filamentium, a precious fuel essential for faster-than-light travel, from living stars. When she encounters Gen Emera, the last living star, her life takes an unexpected turn. Emera holds the key to a powerful secret, but it comes at a great cost.
Author Darby Harn's storytelling is both imaginative and emotionally resonant. Astra's internal struggles with her identity and the choices she faces are compelling and relatable. The romance that develops between Astra and Gen Emera goes beyond the typical space adventure to offer a refreshingly modern take on relationships that’s vivid and engaging. The world-building is richly developed with stacks of imagination, and the character development feels realistic in relation to it and it’s easy to see how this world has shaped these people, their attitudes, and ideas. The moral dilemmas faced by Astra and the exploration of what it means to truly live are themes that will resonate deeply with readers and are achieved with dedicated speech and thought presentation that feels unique to each person. Overall, Stargun Messenger is a gripping and well-crafted science fiction novel that will appeal to fans of the genre, especially those who appreciate a mix of action, romance, and philosophical contemplation. Darby Harn has created a memorable universe that leaves a lasting impression, and I can’t wait to read more.