From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C Bruno

From Ice to Ashes by Rhett C BrunoFrom Ice to Ashes by Rhett C. Bruno
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three-half-stars

A humble laborer is caught in the tensions between Earth and Titan, the now-colonized moon of Saturn, in a standalone novel set in the universe of Titanborn.

From Ice to Ashes is the follow up to Titanborn, which I reviewed last year, and is a standalone novel set in the same universe. I really enjoyed the dark and gritty science fiction that novel brought with it, and was hoping for more of the same with From Ice to Ashes.

I think this novel is much tighter in focus than its predecessor, which is both a blessing and a curse. I found it difficult to follow what was happening with the world at large, as most of the story follows the main character in his trials and tribulations as a Ringer, and there were quite a few concepts which were thrown out there without a great deal of explanation.

I read this book some time ago, having received a copy directly from the author, but for real life reasons I’ve had to put off a lot of reviewing recently. Looking back now I don’t think the book had the same impact on me that the first one did.

From Ice to Ashes is a bit of a slow-burner to begin with, but the tension begins to ramp up as Kale is forced to take actions that he doesn’t necessarily agree with. Where as the previous book had quite a Dick-like vibe to it, I found that this reminded me of the Alien series, in style if not in substance.

I think this book fits a nice hole for fans of the first book looking for something more.

three-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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