An (Extended) Review of…House of Styx by David Kunsken

I hadn’t really read a book like this before, until I read the synopsis of The House of Styx. It just grabbed me and pulled me; the idea of people living and trying to survive just above Venus – and battling acid rain on a daily basis to make a living? Wow!

I loved the fact that it was something different to what I would usually read; following characters of a different nationality to most books I’ve read (not American or English, but European/ French Canadian) a sci-fi novel but more…action-packed and there was always a sense of danger and a need to be careful. almost all of the time. The world building was amazing; Kunsken made it so immersive with the depictions of sight, smell and feeling!

I did really like the characters in the story and reading from the different perspectives of the same family from la colonie but in different places  ( I got the feeling that Pascal was the main character though) – and greatly appreciated the diversity of characters throughout the story. I would have liked to have more time with each character, as it seemed like I had only a moment or two with one of them before moving into the other, back and forth so I didn’t feel as though I really got to know each character as much as I’d have liked – saying that though, as this is the first in a series I anticipate getting to know each of them more as it progresses. The writing at times was a little hard to follow – but this I put down to the fact that I have not read the author’s previous works and also the fact that I’m not familiar with a lot of the scientific information that was included throughout this new work.

All of that being said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this arc and will definitely be picking up the next book when it comes (and/or request the arc if there is one), and would recommend it to anyone who is a science fiction fan.

This is the review that I wrote on Netgalley for this amazing book – but I left out a few crucial things about it that I love that I’m kicking myself for right now. I love the fact that the novels gives disability and mental health, as well as LGBTQA+, proper representation – and I adored the strong sense of family in the story as well, but I won’t elaborate as it only came out yesterday and I don’t want to spoil anything.

If you decide to pick it up, I hope you enjoy it!

You have wings. Believe in them and yourself, and you will fly.

Kath xoxo

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