Review: From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno


Publisher: Random House

Publishing Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9780399181610

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.9/5

Publishers Description: Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . .

Review: Holy shjtballz this was good. A meaty bite of science fiction that satisfied my need. Kale is a thief just trying to save his mom from an earthborn sickness and soon finds himself offered a chance to save his mom if he smuggles something onto the gas harvesting ship he works on. What follows is a wild and imaginative SciFi ride through our solar system.

The character development was great in that it grew along with the constant and intense movement. The world building was rendered in spectacular detail and thus created an ease into visualizing the narrative.

“So why you no give 5 stars!!?”. Cora. She was good when first introduced but quickly wore on my nerves with her clingy weirdness and “Oh, Kale!” exclamations during dire circumstances.  She became more of an affectation than a solid character. Also, a  very compressed storyline that pushes at the edge of believability, especially when a reluctant hero/thief becomes the leader of the resistance within a couple of days. Still, a highly entertaining read.

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