The first eBook review for OpenBytes and since the format has swelled in popularity over the last year, it seems only fitting that now, when titles of interest are discovered that I cover them on OpenBytes.
You can read this review safe in the knowledge that there are no spoilers which will ruin your enjoyment of the title.
The Story (taken from the official description):
In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back.
Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there’s a catch—the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleeper can know what his dream entails, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past . . . and sometimes his future.
That the dreams occasionally drive men mad is but the price of technological advance. But when a transport on a routine mission comes upon an abandoned ship, missing for more than a decade, six travelers—each with something to hide—discover that perhaps the dreams are more than just figments of their imagination. Indeed, they may be a window to a reality beyond their own where shadow has substance and the darkness is a thing unto itself, truly worthy of fear.
The JournalStone site (the distributor for this title) offers many titles which are not the mainstream titles you would be instantly drawn to on Amazon. That’s a good thing since the works on offer here are some of the most original (and indi released) titles around.
In the Void the benefit of spaceflight is offset slightly by mans requirement to be in stasis during the journey and the horror’s envisioned by them during the journey. If I was to suggest titles of similarity then I would be immediately drawn to Event Horizon where its the mind of mankind proving to be the instigator of the horrors visited upon the crew.
Brett J. Talley leads you though the novel with a skill that manages to captivate you on every page, suggesting the possibility that the threat of the human imagination is a far greater adversary than anything to be found in the dark reaches of space. Theres a very subtle religious undertone to this book too, however its been written in such a way as to be open to interpretation rather than a direct implication. I wonder if there was not a sly “literary wink” to The Shining in one of the dream sequences at a bar too!
If you are a fan of Event Horizon type sci-fi horror, then you cannot go wrong with The Void, its a great title. You can find this (and other great works) over at the JournalStone where its available DRM free in a multitude of formats for every ebook reader!