- Paperback: 210 pages
- Publisher: Harmony Ink Press; 2 edition (November 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634774221
- ISBN-13: 978-1634774222
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Obscura Burning 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Suzanne van Rooyen grew up in South Africa, but currently lives in Finland where she finds the cold, dark forests nothing if not inspiring. Although she has a master's degree in music, Suzanne prefers writing strange tales about quirky characters. When not writing, she teaches dance and music to middle schoolers, and manages publicity for Entranced Publishing. When not doing any of that, you'll find her entertaining her Shiba Inu, Lego, attempting to play guitar, or baking peanut-butter cookies. Suzanne is represented by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency. Connect with her online here: Website: suzannevanrooyen.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-van-Rooyen/304965232847874 Twitter: @Suzanne_Writer Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/5306442.Suzanne_van_Rooyen E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Top Customer Reviews
Everything started with a fire that our MC, Kyle, can't even remember. His memory is in shreds and he doesn't know what caused the fire, or anything else that happened shortly after it broke out. All he knows is that his life and the entire world changed that night. A planet about the size of Mercury appeared out of nowhere and took up residence between Earth and Mars. And that mysterious planet - Obscura - has been messing things up ever since, causing weird things to happen. Since that night, Kyle's been jolted between two parallel realities, living two different lives - one in which his boyfriend Danny is alive and their best friend, Shira, is dead, and the other in which it is Shira who survived, and Danny who died in the fire. Kyle's world is crumbling to pieces. The shifts between realities are slowly killing him and he knows that he has to do something to stop Obscura from destroying his life, his sanity and the entire world.
I fell in love with Obsura Burning right from the get-go. The intriguing premise along with Suzanne's raw and affecting writing style had me hooked in an instant. I loved the idea behind this story and the more I read, the more intrigued and bewildered I became. Maybe even obsessed (a tiny little bit). The complexity of the plot didn't show itself in its full glory until the final passages, but even before the jaw-dropping climax I knew this was going to be a total killer! And I was right.
If you enjoy books that are messing with your head, there is no doubt in my mind that you will love Obscura Burning. It's a prime example of mental gymnastics. At the same time, it's also so much more than just an incredibly well-thought-out science fiction novel. It's a meaningful and profound tale of love, friendship, trust and betrayal, guilt, denial and redemption. Kyle is one incredibly complex and tragic character, and my heart ached for him. He's strong, yet so fragile and sensitive. All broken up inside, and yet so full of hope and love. He is vulnerable and sad, but he can be scary, too. Such a great, beautifully fleshed out MC! I absolutely loved following his story, as heartbreaking as it was.
I'm thrilled to have discovered this book. It was such an intense and memorable read, I will definitely be going back to it many times. I am also looking forward to Suzanne's upcoming books - she is definitely an author whose carrier I will be following closely!
Obscura Burning by Suzanna van Rooyen follows Kyle as he tries to get over his best friend's death. Question is, which best friend? There's Daniel who may be more than just a friend. There is Shira, who also may be more than just a friend. There was a big fire where maybe one of them died, and this planet/astral body named Obscura that seems to be putting everything in whack, including the time/space equilibrium. Kyle is in the middle, shunted back and forth between lives where Shira is dead from the fire, but Daniel is alive, and vice versa, where Shira is alive and Daniel is dead. Kyle fights against time and the detriment of shifting back and forth to figure out where he truly belongs and what reality is truly his.
The setup of this book is intriguing and similar to Awake, where a man wakes up every morning to find either his wife or son alive on alternate days. I only watched a few episodes, so I don't know what happens. I was really digging the first half of this book. I have to put out there a warning (it sucks that I even have to mention this, but have received flack in the past), but if you cannot STAND any sort of homosexual/bisexual interactions, then this is not the book for you. The writing is good and initially, the pacing is also very good. We are sucked into this dark world where we can't figure out much more than Kyle can. The world building with Obscura and the science seemed very intriguing. Out of the characters, there is one I loved the most and was intrigued that she was so different from reality to reality.
Why do I give this 3 stars then? I did like this book for the above reasons, but it ended up being way too dark for me. There were no light-hearted moments at all. I want to preface that I really love dystopian YA and read most of them. But this was even too much. Kyle's life just gets worse and worse and worse in both realities. I think that Rooyen may have been trying to tackle too many hard, tough issues in one book: alcohol abuse, physical abuse, bullies, homosexuality, bisexuality, parent/child issues, and then on top of that science fiction, psychology, and mental institutions. I just kept wanting to say-- focus on a couple of these and go from there. I don't want to give anything away, but I had several issues with the ending as it stands. I know why it is like it is, but it seems kind of a cop out.
Overall, Rooyen can write. But I think she was trying to tackle too much in one novel. But ambition in the long run is a good trait, and I really like that she tried some hard topics. I think that she'll get better with every novel she writes.
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