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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

5.0 on the Masq Scale! Obscura Burning by @Suzanne_Writer #scifi #bookreview



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Obscura Burning

Written by Suzanne van Rooyen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction




The world's going to end in fire…and it's all Kyle's fault.


Kyle Wolfe's world is about to crash and burn. Just weeks away from graduation, a fire kills Kyle's two best friends and leaves him permanently scarred. A fire that Kyle accidentally set the night he cheated on his boyfriend Danny with their female friend, Shira.

That same day, a strange new planet, Obscura, appears in the sky. And suddenly Kyle's friends aren't all that dead anymore.

Each time Kyle goes to sleep, he awakens to two different realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is still alive, but Shira is dead. In the other, it's Shira who's alive...and now they're friends with benefits. Shifting between realities is slowly killing him, and he's not the only one dying. The world is dying with him.

He's pretty sure Obscura has something to do with it, but with his parents' marriage imploding and realities shifting each time he closes his eyes, Kyle has problems enough without being the one in charge of saving the world...





Walki's Review


Since the day the planet Obscura appeared in the sky, Kyle has been shifting between realities. In one, his boyfriend Danny is in a wheelchair, their friend Shira is dead, and Mya is a bitch. In the other, Shira is alive and they're friends with benefits, while Danny is dead, and Mya is a friend.

In this second reality, Kyle's body is decorated with scars he collected in the fire where Danny died. It is increasingly difficult for fire-loving Kyle to keep track of the days as Obscura is getting closer.

OBSCURA BURNING is a whodunit, it is a quest for identity and sanity, a tale of being gay coming out at 18 in two realities at a time. While Kyle is getting to understand that the fate of the worlds as he know them is up to him, he is also realizing that it might not be as simple as choosing between Danny and Shira.

OBSCURA BURNING is a suspenseful novel. The writing is fluid like mercury. As a matter of fact, temperature runs high in New Mexico.

Readers will find themselves speculating about Kyle's next step in each reality, looking forward to the details leaking between these realities. And when we reach the end of the book and start thinking that maybe it was just a bad dream, a coping mechanism to deal with a bad situation, the author pulls out a fifth ace out of her sleeve.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

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