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Review: Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

Far From the Light of Heaven is entertaining and unique. A locked room mystery set in space, it’s a must read for mystery lovers and SF fans alike. I read this one in a few days because I needed to know what would happen. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years from home to bring thousands of sleeping souls to safety among the stars.

Some of the sleepers, however, will never wake – and a profound and sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel as its skeleton crew make decisions that will have repercussions for the entire system – from the scheming politicians of Lagos station to the colony of Nightshade and the poisoned planet of Bloodroot, poised for a civil war


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Above all, Far From the Light of Heaven is thrilling. There’s a current of adventure as Thompson only increases the stakes and mystery. This locked room mystery adds the stress and fear of being in space. Having just a layer between you and certain death and wow all the ways you can die in space. I was instantly immersed in reading Far From the Light of Heaven. From the very beginning, there’s a distinct sense that we are not seeing everything. That what we perceive has only scratched the surface.

As we continue reading, we get to know the characters and what they will do to survive. Who they will all become by the end. Thompson does a phenomenal job at showing readers all the angles of the crew and forces at work in the stars and on the ground. While we are focused on the crew and their pursuit of survival, we are also able to see the scope of action and consequences. There are secrets we leave behind which always haunt us.

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Far From the Light of Heaven delivers incredible tension and revelations that will shock you. I loved seeing the plot unfold in this entertaining and unique story. Thompson does a phenomenal job at telling this locked room mystery story while giving it a SF scope. Find Far From the Light of Heaven on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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