Book Review: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

Summary: Seren was born on a ship that is set to start a colony on a habitable planet in the far distant future. And even though she knows she will never know what it feels like to feel the sun or walk the earth – she learns to kind of live with that and the future the ship has planned for her. Until she meets Dom and falls in love, despite being assigned to marry someone else. Seren must then make a hard choice between choosing Dom and an uncertain future or the safe life already planned for her and the only one she’s ever known.

Thoughts: I was initially attracted to this book because of its beautiful cover *sighs* and the fact that the blurb reminded me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis (a book that I love beyond words). And as I read, I wasn’t even comparing it to Across the Universe but try as hard as I could, I just couldn’t get into it. So many things were just plain repetitive, even though the writer’s language and prose were beautiful. There were so many quotable sentences about things that I cared about and felt myself, but it just wasn’t enough for me. The book didn’t go where I thought it would – plot-wise etc. I knew there was romance, obviously, but I didn’t expect that the better half of the book and plot would revolve around it. It read like everything Seren did, she did for Dom and very few things (almost nothing) was done for herself. While in most cases I would applaud her for her selfless love, in this case, I couldn’t feel it because their love was so instantaneous and fast. This made her character an issue, since I couldn’t empathize with her as much as I wanted. What I liked though was the whole exploration of free will and the right to make your own choices in a place where the safest thing to do – to ensure the survival of every one on board the ship and the future of the mission “mankind” – is to give your free will up and let the correct choices be made for you. And the action really picked up towards the end, and even though it didn’t make up for all the chapters that came before, I really enjoyed that last part and even started to care for Seren for a few pages.

Stars: 3/5

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