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Dark City Blue by Luke Preston – Review

dark citySUPANOVA MELBOURNE REVIEW #5

Blurb:

If there’s one thing worse than a crooked cop on your heels then it’s a whole unit of them.

A fistful of people are murdered, fifteen million dollars is stolen and detective Tom Bishop is stuck in the middle. When he hits the street, every clue points in the same direction – his colleagues in a police department demoralised by cutbacks and scandals. Hunted, alone and with no place left to turn, Bishop embarks on a hellish journey down into the gutters where right and wrong quickly become twisted and problems are solved with gunfire and bloodshed.

Over the next two days, Tom Bishop will be cornered. He will be beaten. He will bust into prison. He will shoot at police. He will team up with violent criminals. He will become one of them. He will break every rule in the book, chasing a lead nobody else will go near down a rabbit hole of corruption, murder and buried secrets.

Will Bishop become the very monster he set out to destroy?

My Review:

It’s strange for me to read a crime fiction story set in Australia, so It took me a while to acclimatise to the setting. This is, however, a great story, filled with suspense and great characterisation. the pace is amazing, and it kept me thinking ahead, trying to work out Justice, where everything was going.

A good page-turner and a great book for a long car ride. I winced during the glass-and-towel incident, ouchie!

4/5

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UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer – Review

SUPANOVA MELBOURNE REVIEW #4

Blurb:

If you’re going to colonise a planet, you’d better be willing to fight for it.

Within Anphobos, there grows a new race.  The first generation of humans never to set foot on Earth.  They are pale skinned, large eyed and worship no god but science.  They possess technological skills and processes Earth has refused to acknowledge.  Until now…

“We are Martian. Your religion isn’t ours. Our god is Mars. Our religion is science. Anything we do in the service of Mars, is good. Make no mistake, Earth girl, we are both right and good.”

Fresh off Earth, Jodi Scarfield doesn’t really care for Mars or its politics. Still, accusations of treason will get a girl’s attention…

My Review:

A short book with a decent punch. While the storyline has merit (who wouldn’t find it irresistible to be drawn into a revolutionary plot within a couple of days of landing on a new planet?), I find it hard for someone as seemingly smart as Jodi is, not to have a look into the things that were going on before she was found in the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s meant to be a hacker, and she lives in a highly-computerised bubble – why not just go looking for information on the people she was hanging out with? Why show Astrid her skills? If she’s on Mars in hiding, why would she jeopardize everything, after being so careful, to show off? I know she’s 16 and all, but still.

Other than that, the book has great setting, good characters, a decent bit of suspense. Definitely a YA book, though one thankfully far from the mushy kind of YA book that can still be found elsewhere.

4/5

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