Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Into the Divide
Author: Sandra Bard
Series: The Divide Universe #1
Heroes: Tarn & Calvin
Genre: M/M Fantasy/Sci-fi
Length: 35k words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Available at: Less Than Three Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Nullands: Sections of a series of planets sealed off by an energy barrier, called the Divide, filled with danger, where technology does not work.
Tarn is part of the Death Squad, a criminal given a second chance by agreeing to risk his life over and over again in the Nullands. His latest mission is the kind he usually avoids: babysit an inexperience lab tech while they hunt down the dangerous creature that escaped a research lab.
Calvin is the lab tech given the unenviable task of hunting down the creature that escaped his lab, after it killed his friend and five others. An assignment he mostly landed for refusing to sleep with his boss, he knows damn good and well he’s being sent to die. What he doesn’t expect is Tarn, or how far he’s willing to go to survive.
When a dangerous creature escapes the research lab it was housed in, Tarn’s given the task of finding the thing when it disappears into the Nullands. Unfortunately, to do that, he has to bring Calvin, one of the lab techs. The last thing Tarn wants is to babysit Calvin while trying to hunt the creature. But their journey brings about unexpected things, the least of which is the connection they’ve developed.
Wow, I did not expect that when I started this book! I was thinking it’d be a fun little adventure trying to find a creature, maybe some loving between Calvin and Tarn but this book was way more than that. In fact, this book has A LOT of suspense and action, which had me hanging on the edge of my seat for most of it. Add to that, I loved that Tarn instantly hated Calvin because of who he thought Calvin was. Not to mention, Calvin has his own issues so when either of them try to make a move, it’s awkward because the other isn’t quickly receptive of the other’s advances, which made it seem like it was unwanted when it was far from that. As characters, they’re polar opposites. Tarn is more severe and badass while Calvin is timid and inquisitive.
I really enjoyed this one but my biggest issue was the ending. It felt rushed and very sudden. After the steady pace of the rest of the story, I was expecting something a little different for the ending. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the ending, it was definitely shocking, but it just felt too sudden and slightly awkward. I also would have liked to see more of Tarn and Calvin as a couple because I just want more of them!
All in all, this was a very intriguing story. I loved the whole Nullands idea and the various deadly creatures that Tarn & Calvin had to fight. I would have liked it to be longer so that the ending could have been more developed, but as it is, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series because I’m very interested to see what happens next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*