by Suzanne van Rooyen
Publication Date: February 8, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Gay, LGBT, Science Fiction, Romance
SYNOPSIS: Dead Rock, Texas, 2037
Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.
Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.
I can honestly say that I have never read anything like this before. I’ve read a few M/M romances that just simply seemed too forced, as if the author substituted what would be a female character with a male to make it a gay relationship. That was absolutely not the case here, and I am supremely thankful. This was a man and a, for lack of a better term, space man, who met under incredible circumstances and find themselves attracted to one another, having to overcome nearly insurmountable odds to even get to know each other. I was utterly drawn in by their tales of loneliness and hidden regret. This was also my first Suzanne Van Rooyen book, and what an impression I’m left with! Absolutely recommend, but if you are one of those people who can’t read LGBT books, don’t you dare read Scardust so you can give it a bad rating based on your feelings, don’t read it at all if it’s going to bother you. But if you love heartbreaking yet hopeful and ultimately adventurous stories of realistic characters coming together in a futuristic setting, grab this sucker right now.
ABOUT SUZANNE VAN ROOYEN
Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.