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Pulstar I – The Swan Barely Remembers by Giancarlo Roversi

    Three strangers who share a forgotten past confront a vengeance they incited when their bodies weren’t human.

    In Astralvia, a nation on the brink, astronomer Jeral Murh’s life is in limbo.

    She’s woken from a coma with fresh memories and is certain of two things:

    Her past actions are already haunting her present.
    She is not entirely human.
    She must abscond from Astralvia before an ancient enemy wreaks revenge. Everything is against her. Also, she must find Aris Castilho, her former ally, and make him remember what they once meant to each other. She can’t leave without him.

    Will she find Aris and convince him of their common past?

    Will they reach Esther, their third ally?

    Time is short … the ultimate reckoning is coming … and it’s unthinkable, indescribable—the worst thing that can happen to any human being.

    Find out the fate of this trio of allies in this puzzling sci-fi thriller, where the stunning ending is just the beginning. Get ready to reflect on your place in the cosmos, your raison d’être, and what being human actually means.

    Riddled with mystery, suspense, and a smattering of romance, Pulstar I: The Swan Barely Remembers is the enigmatic and addictive first installment in the Pulstar trilogy; although you can also read it as a stand-alone novel. It took over ten years to make and has a soundtrack in production. Watch out for books 2 and 3, due for publication this year.

    This book is everything you’d wish a sci-fi dystopian speculative fiction would be. It is complex, intriguing, thought provoking and once you finally grasp at the connections between… well everything, you’ll realize it is an absolute masterpiece. Completely mind-blowing.

    I could draw a few similarities between Pulstar and End Man by Alex Austin – that I’ve recently read -, starting with the existential theme, to robots to a sickness without cure. But the debth to which Giancarlo Roversi takes this book cannot be compared to anything I’ve read so far.

    ““When I behold the universe,” he said, “I always wonder if everything is as messy in those white dots as it is here.” His words hung in the air.””

    I absolutely enjoyed discovering the secrets of the universe through the eyes of Esther, Aris, Jeral and the rest of the characters we got climpses into. At first, Esther left me cold, but after the first of her chapters her storyline really picked up and I started rooting for her.
    There is no doubt that Aris was my favourite character out of this book. His personal growth and dilemmas are so well written that they pulled me in more than anyone elses. Also, I’m a sucker for romance and Aris’ reaction to Jeral reeled me in from their first encounter. Really, really enjoyed his perspective.

    I really, truly recommend this book.

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