Name: Obscura Burning
Author: Suzanne van Rooyen
Genre: MM, Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 7th December 2012
Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars
I won a copy of this e-book via a giveaway on Bookish Treasures
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…
I love the cover of this. It’s very sci-fi-y and drew my attention straight away before I even read the synopsis.
So I found this to be a bit confusing with the continuous switching between realities and it took me a while to get used to it, especially keeping up with how all the other characters interacted with Kyle between the two realities he was living. In one people are alive who should have been dead, in the other he was friends with a girl who treated him like crap in the former. Another strange fact is that while he’s in one alternate universe, he continues to function in the other, so he zips back and forth and can be in the middle of doing something that he then doesn’t remember starting.
The girl I just mentioned above, Mya, tries to help Kyle figure out what’s happening by taking him to a scientist/professor who did a paper on multiverses. In the “Danny’s dead” world, I really like her, she’s friendly and fun, while in “Shira’s dead” world, well, she’s not. (I think I got that right…)
As for Danny and Shira, I don’t think I was a fan of them from the start. I’m not sure why, maybe it was because we never really saw enough of them, or the them before the fire that injured/killed them. But by the end, I definitely didn’t like them.
The writing style was easy to get into and I kinda devoured the book when I finally just sat back and let myself read it without any distractions.
Don’t be put off with it having a gay relationship in it, there’s nothing overtly graphic between Danny and Kyle, just references, it doesn’t go into great detail. It doesn’t go into detail with Kyle’s female relationships either.
This was probably a little too sci-fi for me; alternate universes? Erm…not really my thing but I did enjoy it. If you like sci-fi and mystery then you’ll probably like this.
Next review(s): Dark Child or Patch Up