Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Dark Space
Author: Lisa Henry
Series: Dark Space #1
Heroes: Brady Garrett/Cameron Rushton
Genre: M/M Sci-Fi
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Available at: Loose Id, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
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Blurb: Brady Garrett needs to go home. He’s a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He’s also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn’t get home he’ll lose his family, but there’s no way back except in a body bag.
Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless — the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he’s back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they’re sharing more than a heartbeat: they’re sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams.
Not that Brady’s got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn’t change the truth: Brady’s alone in the universe.
Now the Faceless are coming and there’s nothing anyone can do. You can’t stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam’s probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that’s okay. Guys like Brady don’t expect happy endings.
After being taken by the Faceless, Cameron Rushton is back after four long years. Unfortunately, he’s in stasis and no one on Defender Three knows how to get him out. When their only option is to cut him out, that leaves him dead… until Brady touches him and inadvertently becomes Cam’s human battery. Now stuck together, their connection goes beyond just keeping Cam’s heart beating. They share thoughts, dreams, memories and emotions that scare Brady more than anything. But with the Faceless coming, the struggle on where Cam’s loyalty lies causes tension everywhere and when the Faceless finally arrive, no one knows if they’ll even survive it.
Holy cow, I don’t even know what to say. Two years ago, I started this book and didn’t get far in it. I wasn’t in the right mood but when we decided on Lisa Henry for Author Week, I thought now would be a good time to get back to this one and WOW am I glad I did! I got sucked in right from the start and I loved how the changes on Earth and what situation they’re now in. With fighting the Faceless and fearing for their lives, it’s very possible that the whole of Defender Three could be killed from the Faceless Cam keeps saying is coming. I loved the anticipation on when they would arrive and what would happen. I was scared that every human would be killed or they’d be taken as slaves like Cam was or something more horrible would happen.
As characters, I absolutely loved Brady. He’s angry and bitter and hates his life. All he wants is to go home and be with his father and sister. He hates space and the fact that there’s only a thin piece of glass between him and asphyxiation. He’s a smart-ass who’s barely able to hold his tongue when he talks to senior officers and, unfortunately because of Cam, becomes the target of more than a little hostility. I loved the struggle within Brady on his feelings for Cam, how he struggled with the unwelcome urges of wanting another guy and the way he hated having Cam see everything he thought or the emotions he couldn’t hide.
Cam, for me, was still a little bit of a mystery. I liked him but I didn’t feel like we got to know him enough because he’s very docile and calm for most of the book. He knows exactly what Kai-Ren, the Faceless Regent, wants and that knowledge makes him a traitor to everyone. I felt really bad for him because of that but I did love the connection that Cam made with Brady. Their love can’t go beyond the time they’ll spend together before Kai-Ren arrives but the bond they form is more than intense. I was afraid of what would happen to them and more than scared on how all of it would affect Brady after the Faceless left. Turns out, I was right to be scared because no one approves of Brady being Cam’s battery and that puts Brady in more than one dangerous situation.
My only little niggle with this one is that it was very repetitive at times and with certain information. The only other thing was the question on whether Wade and the others were disciplined was never answered. I found by the end that I craved some type of retribution for their actions.
Overall, this was a fantastic but intense story filled with angst and a slow-building love. I loved, loved, loved the characters and their vast differences. The hate and fear that lingered within Brady and how Cam’s loyalty to the Faceless made him seem like a traitor really kept me on the edge of my seat at times. There seems to be a sequel coming out (hopefully soon!) and I’m simultaneously scared and eager to read it. If you like dark and intense scifi stories with angsty characters, definitely give this one a try!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*