Crash Land on Kurai was a journey into space that rocked my world (I apologise for the awful pun); the world-building, the characters, the politics & everything else were outstanding & this is by far one of the best science fiction books I have ever read… I cannot wait to pick up it’s sequel (which I ordered immediately after finishing this book).
This book contains violence throughout.
Last week you may have seen my review of Orphan Monster Spy; within that review I confessed that I had been putting off writing reviews because of that book – but that wasn’t 100% correct… the reason I’ve been putting off writing reviews for a while is because I’ve recently read a whole bunch of incredible books that have left me stumped when it comes to summarising & reviewing them. Crash Land on Kurai is one of those books.
Crash Land on Kurai was one of the books on my Beat The Backlist list for this year because it’s a book that I’ve always wanted to read, but have just never picked up – now that I have picked it up I’m furious with myself for not reading it sooner (although I’m glad I picked it up at a time when I’m able to review it on here). I’ve already said that Crash Land on Kurai is one of the best science fiction books I’ve ever read, & the reason for that is that I have never read anything with world-building quite like that of which is in this book. The political & societal details of both the planets of Kurai & Hikari are fantastically unique, even though they are developed from Japanese culture, & I’ve also never read a book where people from one planet accidentally crash onto another because the planet shot them down thinking they were a war-ship in a war that the travellers know absolutely nothing about. I promise it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Honest.
I also loved the characters within this book as they were all nicely complex, but not in a way that was confusing or over-whelming; main character Yumi is a force to be reckoned with & the plot is definitely led by her & her temperament. The people that surround Yumi at each different part of this story help build up & reveal Yumi’s character to the reader, & her underlying mission is never allowed to be forgotten, which displays who Yumi is more than anything else. Additionally, the values of the people of Kurai & Hikari mirror & contradict each other in perfect unity & Pajonas has done an awesome job of showing how different two communities can be, even when they started as one.
I genuinely don’t know what more I can say about this book now, as I only wrote one note about it; that being that the cast includes gay characters & obviously people of colour. If my nonsensical rambling has convinced you to buy this book then you can use the links below: using the Amazon links to make a purchase will result in me receiving a small fee at no cost to you so please consider doing so.
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