Title: Fading Starlight
Author: Samantha Heuwagen
Genre: Science Fiction
About the book: It’s the second novel in the series following Kayin, Henry, and Melissa.
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: It picks up right where the first book left off. For that reason, I recommend reading Dawn Among the Stars beforehand.
Characters: Kayin, Henry, and Melissa are flawed in their own way, but they all develop throughout the story. There are a few new characters introduced. I also appreciate the racial diversity with Latino characters.
“Find your happiness where you can and live in the present.”
Writing: The novel alternates between three perspectives all written in first person. It starts off with Kayin on another planet and then switches back and forth between Melissa and Henry on Earth.
I was a fan of the Spanish sprinkled in here and there, especially since I could understand most of the phrases without having to look them up.
The writing is simple and easy to follow. There’s a lot of romance with Kayin and Melissa both having romantic interests. Heuwagen addresses important issues such as mental health and sexual assault.
Final thoughts: The ending leaves questions unanswered, which makes me wonder what will happen next. It sets the stage for the next novel in the series.
If you like sci-fi stories about aliens and humans with action as well as romance, you might enjoy Fading Starlight.