The Loneliness of Distant Beings – Kate Ling

25874097Synopsis

‘It is that quick, it is that strong, it is that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.’

Even though she knows it’s impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re floating through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. For a while he becomes the Sun for her; and she can’t help but stay in his orbit. Being with him flaunts every rule designed to keep their home in order, but to lose him would be like losing herself.

In the end they must decide what is most important: loyalty to the only home they’ve ever known, or to each other?


My Thoughts

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Hachette! Thank you so much for sending a copy out to me.

The Loneliness of Distant Beings is a story of love, courage and persistence. The story focuses on seventeen year old Seren, who lives on a spaceship, The Ventura, with boundless others bound for an unknown world. Once you graduate education, you are given a service (your job) and a union (a partner that is specially matched just for you). Soon after you are expected to have a baby, one that is genetically made and implanted. Everyone seems to except the fact that everything will always be chosen for them, that they will never see an Earth, never touch the ground, never have a real home, everyone except Seren. Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin, to have an all consuming true love and for her destiny to be unknown. [Enters Domingo Suarez]. Dom is everything Seren could have wished for.  Adventurous, kind, funny, romantic and her sun. He is also everything she can’t have. Seren is matched with Ezra Lomax, the son of the captain of the ship, the guy everyone is in love with and the guy that turns out to be The Ventura’s biggest jerk. Seren and Dom quickly fall in love and are determined to go against every rule in the book. But as secrets are revealed and Seren’s wedding day looms closer, she knows that they will have to do something drastic, something dangerous and nearly impossible if they wish to spend a lifetime together. Something that very well may get them all killed.

I really enjoyed the story of The Loneliness of Distant Beings! It deals with some tough subjects as well as some light hearted ones, which gave it a good mix. I liked Seren’s character but at times she would annoy me with all her complaining. Yeah your world sucks but instead of sulking do something about it. And she did towards the end of the book which was great and pretty epic. Seren could at times seem self centred as she tended to make decisions without thinking of the consequences and how it would affect others. She also tended to judge others that excepted their path in this life. I’m all with Seren about how unfair that life is but I also think that if people are excepting of that life and finding happiness where they can, good for them. They are making the best out of a terrible situation. I would have loved to see some more development in Dom and Seren’s romance but it happened almost as soon as they saw each other which made it feel a little unrealistic. I’m not saying I don’t believe in love at first sight, but I would have liked to see their relationship advance rather than it hit the climax of it instantly. Yes Ezra was a jerk and could seem uncaring at times but I would have loved to know more about his character and his family. The story mainly focused on Seren and Dom but Ezra was also a big part of the story and he made some big decisions and sacrifices that effected them all at the end so I would have liked to see more of his background. The cover for the book is absolutely gorgeous! I love the space background and the birds representing freedom. It is quite simple but relates to the story so well and creates a great atmosphere for the story.

Although this book had its flaws, like every book does, I found myself submerged in the story and couldn’t put it down. I loved the story overall and I really hope there is a sequel so we know what happens after this one because that ending was epic but now I have so many questions I need answered!

Great for fans of A Brave New world, Delirium, The 100 and These Broken Stars. 

4star

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Quotes

“They stopped us from experiencing something amazing just so we wouldn’t expect more. More than this darkness and this cold.”

“This is the only thing that makes me want to be alive right now; this is the only thing that makes me want to live in my own skin.”

“We are responsible for our own survival, for the survival of our species. And it is our duty, every one of ours, to make that our priority.”

“Here was the secret that I had never known, and it was so beautiful that it terrified me and all I could so was cower beneath it, beneath all that beauty”.


About the Author

7983180Secondary school librarian by day, YA author by night. Avid reader whenever I get the chance. Running on the seafront and the eating of prawns on an ad-hoc basis.
Follow @katelingauthor on Twitter and Instagram. Website: www.kateling.co.uk

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