Lesbian Sci-fi Book Review ‘Across the dark horizon’ by Tagan Shepard
3.75 Stars. This was a really entertaining read. This is the third book by Shepard and while I enjoyed her first two books a little more, this was still a fun read. I’m a big sci-fi fan so I have to say that the fact Shepard left her romantic-dramas behind to take us to the moon instead was really appreciated. I love authors that can write in multiple genres and this fact makes me even more excited to see where she might take us next.
While I would put the sci-fi tag on this book, it really is light sci-fi, in fact, futuristic might be the better name for this. The idea of this book is not really so far out there. I could actually see something similar happening in another ten to twenty years. I think because of this you don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to enjoy this. I would recommend this one to lesfic readers in general.
The main premise is about a woman named Gail, who runs a corporation owned prison on the moon. The prisoners work to mine minerals no longer found on Earth. This prison holds some of the worst of the worst, convicts who may have been put to death if the death penalty wasn’t fading in public approval. While the moon base has been running well for three years, the prisoners have bided their time and successfully taken over half of the moon’s base. It is time for some of the Army’s best, led by Major Charlene “Charlie” Wolf, to work with Gail to take the prison back.
This book had a great pace. It was pretty exciting and I found myself hooked after a few pages. I only put it down once to eat a meal and could not stop thinking about the book for that short time. The premise on the moon was a lot of fun, and the book kept me on my toes which I appreciated. I don’t know which was scarier, the darkness of space or the bad guy prisoners.
The main characters were both likable but I do wish Shepard would have built them up a little more. I wanted to know a tad more about what made them tick, but for an entertaining action book, I’m not going to complain too much. I don’t know if I would call what is between the mains a romance. It is more like two people bonding over a deadly situation and stress. However, it was the beginning of a possible relationship and the sex scenes were good like Shepard always writes.
The one main complaint I had was really the ending. While it wasn’t bad in any way, it felt a little too abrupt for my preferences. I would have preferred at least another chapter or two to wrap everything up. There was also a small plot line left hanging, it’s not a huge deal, but I was surprised Shepard brought it up and kind of dropped it. I don’t know if she has some plans for a sequel, this book didn’t really feel like a series, but I’m unsure.
Overall this was a fun and entertaining read. It was nice to read something different, and Shepard always writes well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a book with some action. I can’t wait to see what Shepard has in store for us next.
An ARC was given to me for an honest review