Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: The Void by Brett J. Talley

The Void by Brett J. Talley
Synopsis (Goodreads):
In the deepest reaches of space, on a ship that no longer exists, six travelers stare into the abyss . . . and the abyss stares back.

Man has finally mastered the art of space travel and in a few hours passengers can travel light years across the galaxy. But, there's a catch—the traveler must be asleep for the journey, and with sleep come the dreams. Only the sleeper can know what his dream entails, for each is tailored to his own mind, built from his fears, his secrets, his past . . . and sometimes his future.

That the dreams occasionally drive men mad is but the price of technological advance. But when a transport on a routine mission comes upon an abandoned ship, missing for more than a decade, six travelers—each with something to hide—discover that perhaps the dreams are more than just figments of their imagination. Indeed, they may be a window to a reality beyond their own where shadow has substance and the darkness is a thing unto itself, truly worthy of fear.
My Thoughts: A wonderfully creepy sci-fi romp that took me back to the days when I used to hunt down movies set in deep space where the heroes were stalked by something dark and dangerous, running away was not an option, and it's highly possible that the most frightening thing they'll find is rattling around in their own heads. *shivers*

Weaving between the dreams that plague all deep space travelers and a very dark, dangerous reality, the story plunges you into the nebulous fears of a newly formed crew and the two passengers they're transporting. The pace is hypnotic, ratcheting up the tension until you don't know if any of them are trapped in their dreams, mad, or entirely lucid.

The creep factor is high, the sci-fi aspects are fun, and the idea of an abandoned ship just waiting to be found gives me the shivers. All in all, it as an excellent way to spend a dark and gloomy evening.

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The Void was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This book sounds like a total mindfuck. In a good way?

  2. This sounds kind of awesome! I always see "sci-fi" and think I wouldn't like it ... but I do like books in outer space because they really can go anywhere!

    And a book that's a mind fuck? Awesome!

    1. I grew up on sci-fi so this is like candy to me! In my opinion, a good sci-fi author can do magical, magical things. They have SO MUCH they can bring to life that, really, the story can go in any direction. That might just be the wide-eyed kid in me talking, though.