The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling Book Review
✩ ✩ / ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 2 out of 5 stars.
As I was reading up on this book and to refresh myself about why I rated it so harshly when I finished reading it I came across a comment where someone asks: ‘Isn’t this kind of the same thing as Across the Universe by Beth Revis?’ and someone else responded: ‘Yes, but worse. So much worse.’ and I remembered why I didn’t like this book. I also scoffed into my tea and nearly spilt the cup all over myself but that’s another story for another day.
Let me break it down for you in the simplest of terms as to why you shouldn’t waste your time reading this book: it takes place almost entirely on a ship floating in outer space. If you thought that there isn’t that much to do on a big ship in the middle nowhere then you’re correct – it’s bloody boring being amongst the stars and there really isn’t enough story within this book to change that.
Yeah there’s your standard YA romance and some hints of a political coup that could happen but the main character, Seren, spends most of her time lolling about the place being depressed about the whole thing and doing nothing about it. Errmmm where’s the strong, female independent lead we’re used to in these sorts of books? Knock, knock – she’s not home.
The poor girl’s mother died mysteriously a few years prior and it’s made clear that she’s being pushed out of the family unit because she doesn’t want to conform to shacking up with a pre-selected random and pushing out a kid to keep the population of the ship going, so yeah, I can understand why she’s written as being so glum about it. There is basically no reprieve in her attitude until she meets a lad she’s not meant to be with and falls in love. Ah right, so you meet the ‘perfect’ guy and suddenly your soul-shattering depression about how you’re going to be nothing but a cog helping to turn a wheel your whole life is cured… nope.
In a nutshell, Seren annoyed the hell out of me because she just didn’t have enough depth at all to give the plot credit and I’ve read better books set in similiar scenarios. I was relieved to turn the last page on this book, however as it finished I would consider reading a sequel because there was a pretty decent cliffhanger to finish on.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.