Distant Memory (Solum Series) by Colleen S. Myers – Review by Sarah Oakes

Distant MemoryDistant Memory by Colleen S. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read about changes. After the events of the previous novel, Elizabeth and her friends are desperate to rescue their friend Finn from the torturous ways of the E’mani. But when they meet a mysterious stranger called Selmay, they discover there may be more to the story. Searching for Finn, they find dangers in store and face new enemies closer to heart. Can they make it through it all and save their friend or will it be too late?
A great read. Well developed plot. The sense of uneasy quiet after the war while having villains still at large was brilliantly done full of tensions and suspense to keep you reading. New characters like Selmay were well developed seeking revenge but kind underneath or Texxak as mysterious and ambitious or Roger given more of a story with his past. I also liked how this trilogy continues to stick to Elizabeths perspective in the narrative as we follow her journey and is easy to follow in the first person.
I als0 loved the use of lab settings throughout the novel with the sense of claustrophobia and small spaces/ corridors for unease. In particular with the red lighting and dangerous walls in one lab later on which was excellently done. And then the contrast with open spaces and forests of outside which was a great combination. I also liked the sense of fantasy of winged creatures but the realism of science and computer hacking. And in this the feel of finding a family in the Remains and working together to stop horrible things from happening The only issue I would raise is that there was repetition at tunes at the beginning with long sentences which were hard to read. It also seemed slow paced and this could be resolved with a few more action scenes or conflicts to help keep the reader engaged. Overall, a great read and I would give it four stars.

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