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Space Junque (Apocalypto #1)

3.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  649 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
(also known as Samael's Fire)

The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both.

At the end of the 21st century, civilization is at the brink of collapse. When hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark is warned of an impending attack by the eco-terrorist group Defenders of Gaia, she flees to the airport hoping to get off planet.
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Beastie Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 28, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I usually do not read novellas because I run into the problem I did with Space Junque......the story was GREAT and I didn't want it to end!

This adventure/romance story and it's characters pull you in quickly and won't let go. I will be recommending this book and and all of L.K.Rigel works to my Book Worms group.

I can't wait to pick up Spiderwork!!!!
May 19, 2012 Sobia rated it it was ok
this is gonna be pretty short, because I just don't really know what to say...

This was the weirdest story I've read in starts up as a pretty decent SFR with the majority(90%) of the story coming from the heroine's perspective , with imperial forces, nuclear weapons, mysteries, space ships ( yay!) an alright heroine, a better hero, and a pretty decent if a bit vague story....then some god like character gets introduced and everything goes to hell...a really weird hell. I'm not even sure
Eliza Baum
This book was weird. There were tons of characters, lots of acronyms to learn, and a plot that went by at almost whiplash speed.

And yet, somehow, I still really, really enjoyed it.

I picked this up awhile ago. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but the cover art on its sequel, Spiderwork, drew me in. (Yeah, sad, I know. But it's the truth.) Today I was looking for a shorter read (this is a novella), so I decided to finally give it a try.

And yeah. Wow. It's actually difficult for me to express in words
Kate Ellison
Feb 17, 2012 Kate Ellison rated it it was amazing
Original and gripping sci fi read... although it was pretty short, novella-length, and I found myself gasping in shock when it ended because it was SO GOOD and I didn't want it to stop. The latter half of the story did take a turn I was NOT expecting, although I won't spoil anyone with what that turn was.
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Feb 12, 2014 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2014
So where to start? Well, it was interesting, but confusing at first. Futuristic society with major pollution issues. The "haves" live in space with the other peons stuck on earth. Crazy environmentalists are blowing shit up and setting off nuclear bombs in order to "save the earth." The tech was intriguing. Interesting, yes? Just as I was liking what I was reading it went to shit. Go figure.
"Char's body flung itself to the floor, prostrate and trembling like some novice waiting for god.
Jan 27, 2014 Lyndi rated it it was ok
I gave this book 3 stars when I first read it a couple years ago. After rereading it just now, I have to say it only deserves 2 stars. And I'm not even sure about going that far.

Space Junque is the first part of the Apocalypto series. And I use the word "part" because it's not really a complete story. You're obviously supposed to read the next 2 books if you want to understand what the hell is going on. The only thing you can really take away from it is "not everyone dies"... And that's about it
May 17, 2011 Stella rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2010, sci-fi
Sci-fi is still a new genre to me so I try to easy myself gently into it. Space Junque is a short sci-fi romance novella, which despite its length constrictions managed to excel on several levels.

I found the science fiction aspect of the story engaging, the unique world created by L.K. Rigel is exciting and original, without being overwhelming even for sci-fi newbies like me. L.K. Rigel created a different society, another species and a specific hierarchy but despite all the new and extraordinar
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Char Meadowlark is being rushed up to the Imperial Space Station by her friend Mike to avoid a pending eco-terrorist attack. Unfortunately, her timing is a bit off, and the attack occurs while she is at the airport. Saved by Jake, the pilot of the Space Junque, he flies her to her destination. Amidst the terrorist attacks, ancient gods appear to take control. Will Char survive the attacks, an encounter with the newly emerged goddess and the two men suddenly competing for her attention?

This is a
Oct 30, 2010 Stacey rated it really liked it
Loved this novelette. The writing is pretty tight, and it's an interesting story of near-future eco-disaster, eco-terrorism, and space adventure. Woven through the story is a small romance. There's a lot of good story here, and I wish it had been developed more slowly, fleshing out some of the background, such as the Defenders of Gaia, the Talibanos Unidos, and the various orbiting stations. It's almost as if this story is written as an interlude (one can hope?) Clearly, the other unexplained el ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Just read Space Junque for the second (third!) time. I loved it the second time around just as much as the first. There was a lot of politics, back story, and plot in a relatively short amount of space, but L.K. Rigel kept it interesting and flowing. There were a few paragraphs I had to read twice, wondering if I'd missed something, but with all the info contained in those pages I feel that is to be expected. I thought the characters had depth, and were utterly believable. Overall, a great story ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
A fun adventure story, a little space opera, a little post-apocalyptic earth, a little romance, and lots of action. It's a novella so not a long read, but offers a good introduction to the author's work. I look forward to seeing more!
Paige Prince
Feb 16, 2011 Paige Prince rated it really liked it
I'm not normally into Sci-Fi type books. Or movies. Or... anything really (or books that just happen to take place in space). Ok, Star Wars and Star Trek: The Next Generation are exceptions to that rule. But can you really pass up either of those? Yeah, me neither.

So, when LK Rigel contacted me to review her book, my first thought was "Nuh-uh". But then I read the blurb and thought "Hmm, this sounds interesting. And maybe it's time to expand my horizons a bit..."

Hero Material pulled me in from t
May 11, 2011 AnnaM rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-sfrs, sfr
I lost some sleep reading this book. I loved the SF and the Romance. I liked all of the characters and the way the relationships, even the non-romantic, developed. I loved the humor and the way the romance felt so right. This story rocked!

The only part that threw me was the paranormal threads. I didn't read the full description before I started so it's my own fault. I was only vaguely familiar with the ancient gods chosen and still don't really understand how they fit in other than a little pop
J.A. Beard
May 10, 2011 J.A. Beard rated it really liked it
Space Junque
Author: L.K. Rigel
Genre: Science Fiction novella with Fantasy elements
Rating: 4 Stars

Space Junque is a swiftly paced and engaging adventure starring both a world and a character in transition.


The world is dying. Ecological destruction and mutation run rampant. Many of the wealthy have fled the planet and live in orbital stations, aloof from the concerns of the suffering people below them. All the while, the genocidal Defenders of Gaia continue their plan to save the planet by
Jul 19, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Very good ebook about the end of civilization as we know it starting with the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. I thought it was a nice touch to bring the use of dispersants used there into the mix of the story.
By 2095 there is one world government, the Imperium, ruled by a corrupt emperor. Space stations offer vacations to the rich or well-connected. Hydroponic stations grow food.
But corporations really rule the world. The biggest is Garrick - the only one still allowed to drill for oil.
DOGs, the world-
Julie Witt
Sep 14, 2011 Julie Witt rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both.

The world is on the brink of ecological cataclysm set off by the Oil Spill of 2010 and the Great Sea Level Rise of 2070."

I love sci-fi books, so I was prepared to love this story, and I wasn't disappointed! It is a novella, and the pacing was very good, so it was a really quick read for me. There are 3 main characters: Char, Jake and Mike. And then a fourth kind of mini-MC is Jake's sister, Rani. I
Pavarti Tyler
Oct 30, 2011 Pavarti Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, porn
Wow. Just WOW. That's about all I can say about Space Junque.. The end.

You know how I rail against how badly Indies are regarded by the publishing industry? Well, I'm going to tell you a secret. I do a little of it too. I have read so many Indie books that I don't put up here which are unedited and un-thought-through. Someone's mom told them it was good so they hit "publish" on smashwords. Uggh.

This one though? This one was everything I could have ever wanted a sci-fi novel to be and then you a
Jul 10, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
This is probably going to be one of the most disjointed reviews I've ever written because I honestly can't figure out whether I liked this book or not. So, yeah. Be warned.

One of the things that really pulled me out of the story was that there was a TON (a literal ton. I was crushed by it) of worldbuilding within the first part of the book. It wasn't like when I go "A ton of worldbuilding! Yay!" It was more like, "Oh, holy pancakes! I don't know what's happening here!" There are ghosts (mutant h
Anna Tan
Dec 04, 2014 Anna Tan rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
So this was a very short read.
It has its interesting points, but I guess the super quick romances contained here isn't quite my thing.
And the lame jokes. Ha ha. *shrug*
Jul 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a rough start, as you immediately jump into a situation where you don't understand any of the lingo being used and it is slowly fed to you as you get further into the book. Just give it a little bit and you'll like it more and more the further you get into the book. By the end, I was so spellbound that I was incredibly grateful that I had already downloaded the second book in the series to my Kindle so that I could jump straight into it. It's a little far out in some senses, but I e ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
Not very good character development, story line advanced too fast. SPOILER---within 20 minutes of reading Char went up to the space station, had sex on the way with a guy she knew for 5 minutes, became a vessel for a god and then back to earth. I am debating paying for the 2nd of the trilogy just because the teaser chapters at the end of this book on the Kindle were a little more promising, but it just may not be worth $3.99. Maybe the price will drop, I would buy at $1.99 or less.
May 12, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
I normally do not like short stories/novellas because just when I'm really getting into it it's over. However, this a great introduction to the Apocalypto series. It's very well written. It's definitely not a slush pile indie book. I love indie ebooks, but there is a lot of crap out there. It can be hard to find a gem in all the crap. But this is a gem for sure. The pacing was excellent and the plot intriguing. I've already started Spiderwork.
Apr 04, 2016 Dorian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book for free from Bookbub just from reading the overview. It seemed interesting enough. I didn't know it was a novella until I started reading. It took me awhile to get into the story because of all the terminology. I thought maybe I was challenged because I had to re-read certain parts to get an understanding on who the many organizations were and there purpose. I was confused by the DOG's, IHS etc.. I felt the initial sensual moment between Jake and Char was forced. I had to ...more
Amanda Butler
Aug 22, 2014 Amanda Butler rated it liked it
I was at a loss as to what to rate this novella. On one hand, I loved the technical terminology and the science behind the worldbuilding. I loved the adventure and the corruption and the general weirdness of blending science and religion. I love that this book has a female protagonist. On the other hand, the characters seemed to lack depth, and the main character describes an entire wardrobe as "slutty." The slut-shaming comment, which was very out-of-character for the personality that she origi ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Kasi rated it it was ok
(May contain spoilers)The book starts out solid and interesting. Then in the middle everything shifts and explodes into a bad plot twist. When I read the summary and it mentioned gods I figured it would be figurative, however they were not. This author put flat out religious, ridiculous, prophetic god characters into what began as a solid space apocalypse plot. It's just way too much.

To have the apocalypse happen in a dystopian future while also throwing in some space tech walks a fine line bet
May 07, 2014 Michelle rated it liked it
I need a 2.5 star. I think I liked it so its getting a 3 start. It was interesting, the writing wasn't all that fantastic, but the story was interesting enough for me to finish it in 2 hours.

There really isn't a lead up to the story of who who is or any of that. Or getting to know the characters you're just kinda thrown into it head first. Which is kinda neat and I did like that. So the world is in Peril, women are no longer fertile or those that are belong to the Emperor. Char is leaving Earth
Jun 25, 2014 Marsha rated it liked it
(3.5 Stars)
I won't lie. "Space Junque" is a rather strange Sci Fi read that has potential. I first stumbled upon this book because several of my Goodreads friends have read it. What makes this book strange and the reason for my rating is that the author's use of so many acronyms, many without explanation. After you get about 40% into the read things slowly begin making sense.

In an dystopian future eccoterrorist known as DOGS wage war against the government and its people by using nuclear bombs.
Carolyn F.
I started off thinking this is an apocalyptic/sci-fi book, then there's a goddess thrown in which kind of threw the whole story into another direction for me and not in a good way. I could maybe come to terms with the goddess but the male fairies with erections on her shoulders holding her dress up? Not so much. Without them I'd probably rate this book higher.
Freda Labianca
Jan 15, 2016 Freda Labianca rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Sometimes I felt the writing was scattered in parts, but in the end, the story came together beautifully.
I thought it would be a little hotter in the romance department, but ws also fascinated by the sci-fi aspect of the book too.
Can't wait to read book 2!
Gwen Hayes
Jun 06, 2011 Gwen Hayes rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I loved the worldbuilding--but felt some of the key elements were a bit rushed and the emotions were glossed over some. I'm hoping that's just because of the length and that the rest of series will really let me sink my teeth into the characters and world.
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