Abundance by Emmalynn Spark
LGBTQ+ Science Fiction Romance
After being awoken from cryosleep, Alex discovers he and one other man are the only survivors of their 100 year journey to New Earth. A malfunction has killed everyone else on board their ship and now they’ve landed on New Earth alone. I was excited for an interesting survival science fiction romance and while certain parts of Abundance were really good, other parts dragged.
Overall, I liked Alex as our narrator; he’s a likable and easy going guy who could work on his confidence a bit. He’s devastated by the loss of his best friend, Eileen, who didn’t make it out of cryosleep and the beginning of Abundance is set deep in Alex’s grief over this death. I liked how real Emmalynn Spark wrote these early scenes because while they were hard to read they were also beautiful in a tragic way. Alex quickly learns to lean on the confident and strong Luke, who is sure that the other ships sent to New Earth landed just fine.
Luke was less developed because we never see his point of view and we only see him through Alex’s eyes. As a Captain he knows how to take charge of a situation, find a solution, and help those under his command. Luke becomes a rock for Alex in the early days and these two quickly bond over their shared tragedy. I never really felt like I got a good handle on Alex and Luke’s relationship and how it evolved from sex to actual love. A large part of the book is focused on their time apart as Alex explores the planet and Luke works on fixing their communication array. While they take care of each other in small ways I was never fully convinced of their love by the end of the book.
I won’t give away anything for the ending but I’ll just say that it didn’t really work for me and I wish it were written differently because I think Luke and Alex deserved more. I went back and forth on what to rate Abundance because the beginning started out really strong but the second half of the book never quite worked for me. If you want a heavier feeling survival story focused more on the mental state of the characters, then you’d probably like this one.
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
3 out of 5 stars
Hero is grieving over the death of a side character (on page)
Alex is part of Earth’s last hope: a crew member on a ship sent out from a dying planet, wishing for a second chance. He wakes from his cryo pod to find destruction. Their mission has failed, he and his commander, Luke Belka, are the only ones to survive the journey.
Luke insists that help must be coming, that one of the other ships on the mission must also have reached this planet. Whether or not he’s right, they will need to survive on this lush alien planet. And maybe find happiness along the way.
Published by NineStar Press on March 4, 2019