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Waking Spero


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A YA Sci-Fi about teens crash landing on an alien planet that will appeal to lovers of survival stories.

Unai wakes up on an alien planet with no memories of how he got there. All he knows is the escape pod he was in crashed and not everyone in the cryo beds survived. He is stranded with Clover, a girl with survival instincts who is determined to live no matter what it takes, and Alena, a girl who has lost so many memories she can’t even talk. None of them remember how they got there thanks to the long cryo sleep they were put in. When a space ship crashes, they go in search of it in hopes of finding answers and a way to survive. But if they can’t learn to work together they may not even make it to the ship.

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy science fiction survival stories. In fact, the survival elements are what caught my eye in regards to this book. The heart of this story is the teens against the dangerous jungle and wildlife of the alien planet. Mixed in is the awkwardness of teenaged friendships and romance as the teens get to know each other better, which helped ground the story. You also get some dashes of mystery thrown in to keep you guessing while the teens survive the hostile world. I’d also like to draw attention to the fantastic cover art, which is what first grabbed my eye.

However, a few things didn’t quite work for me. The memory loss just left me feeling frustrated with a lack of answers as the questions piled up and unable to connect to some characters. Likewise I was eager for them to get to the ship, but the story gets sidetracked by the survival elements and the mystery of some discoveries in the jungle. Taking time to explore those mysteries made the book feel less pressing in terms of getting to the ship and the wildlife encounters began to feel a bit repetitive. But for those who like a focus on simply surviving, this would be a good one to pick up.

This is the first book in a trilogy and the ending made it clear another book is coming. To get answers to all the questions raised you’ll have to pick up the rest of the trilogy.

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About the author

IQ Malcolm is a YA Sci-Fi and Fantasy author. His latest book, Waking Spero, is the start of his exciting new YA Sci-Fi series, The Spero Trilogy. It is scheduled to be published on August 11th, 2020. For more information, visit view profile

Published on August 11, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Young Adult

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