Happy Friday, Readers! I hope your first full week of October went well, and that you are enjoying some (at least slightly) cooler weather. The A/C is out at my library again, but we’re managing much better this time around since it’s not 100 degrees outside anymore. Mostly, I’m thriving on sugar free pumpkin and iced chai at the moment!
Today I’m sharing my review of a brand new young adult science fiction adventure book. It definitely held some surprises for me, and you’ll want to read on to find out why!
About the Book
Author: R.F. Hurteau
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Synopsis: Antiquity’s Gate forced two realities to collide—what followed tore one of them apart.
Now those who remain coexist beneath the shelter of a domed Antarctic city, held together by a tenuous peace and an increasingly dystopian hierarchy. Any hope of one day leaving the confines of Sanctuary is little more than a fading ember.
A mid-level systems operator, Ripley does his best to stay out of trouble. His best friend Felix, an irreverent half-breed shunned by society, can’t seem to do the same. When Felix’s family is targeted by an unjust law, there’s nowhere to run. The city of Sanctuary had once been a safe haven— now it has become a cage.
Ripley’s desperate attempt to help his friends escape tragedy uncovers a conspiracy that envelops the last refuge of mankind in an ever-tightening net.
The people of Sanctuary have never seen a sunrise.
If Ripley and Felix aren’t prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, none of them ever will.
I feel like I mention this every time I review a science fiction book, but I’m going to say it again anyways because I believe it’s relevant. I used to really love science fiction, and especially dystopian stories. Sci-fi really isn’t my thing anymore, but this kind of book still keeps catching my attention from time to time.
The Antarctic setting of Three Days Till Dawn grabbed my attention first, then the tension between classes/species. Hurteau’s world-building in Three Days Till Dawn is impressive. Within just a few chapters I felt like I could really see the domes and understand why things happened a certain way. The characters were mostly unique and well-rounded, and the stakes were high without being outrageous. I wanted to keep reading and know what happened, but at the same time I didn’t really feel invested in the plot.
That said, there are a couple of mysteries going on concurrently in Sanctuary. The politics, while predictable, were enough to make me uncertain about who was on which side, and effectively conceal a few key truths from the reader until late in the book. There is a teaser in the prologue which I completely forgot about until the last few chapters. Also, the last few chapters pack a lot more action that the earlier ones, so if you like reading a lot of action, don’t let the beginning turn you off from the book. It’s coming. On the other hand, if (like me) you don’t like a ton of action, it isn’t overwhelming.
I don’t have anything really negative to say about Three Days Till Dawn, but I also don’t have high praise for it. If you’re into science fiction, space opera, or dystopian fiction, then you might want to give it a try! I’m giving it three stars because there are several good elements to the story, but as a whole it fell flat and just isn’t for me.
Until the next chapter,