She’s felt it before…the fear of losing control. And it’s happening again.
In the near future, an aggressive and terrifying new form of dementia is affecting victims of all ages. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms are disturbing. Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the cutting edge of research and desperately determined to find a cure. She’s already lost her husband to the disea...more
I can't remember when I started this, so I'll put the end-date down. I can remember that. I haven't got Losians. I started reading it, in the midst of a mega-slump, so it took awhile - to finish.
This would've been a solid five-star rating, if it wasn't for the epilogue, and one cast member, playing the role of Divine Intervention, causing that character to be decommissioned. Okay, I liked the epilogue - sort of - but if there's no sequel, then it's just going to wind-me-up - perpetually ...more
Joe Hart is well known in the Sci-Fi world for his amazing writing and horrifying books. Obscura takes that skill to a new level as Hart adds elements of Cli-Fi and thriller to the mix.
Obscura is a horrifying tale set in the not too distant future where a new form of dementia, which affects young and old alike, is plaguing the world. Dr. Gillian Ryan knows firs ...more
In the near future a new disease has begun to spread which causes memory loss, hallucinations, and violence among it's victims. Dr. Gillian Ryan has already lost her husband to the disease and now it wants to claim her 8 year old daughter too. Gillian has been conducting research into the disease and is just on the brink of answers when suddenly she loses her funding. Then Gillian is approached by her former college boyfriend who works for NASA to i ...more
I love a good psychological thriller, I love a good dose of science fiction, I love a good mystery and I love great divisive characters. So to find them all under one magnificently readable roof was a pure joy for me.
Someone (I can’t remember who or I would credit them) described this as “Shutter Island in Space” and I can’t disagree with that assessment – Obscura follows Dr Gillian Ryan, as in an effort to find a cure for her daughter, she agrees to help out on a secretive mi ...more
The book is told in chapters that bounce around in t ...more
After rereading this I had to raise my rating by one star. Somehow the first time I wasn't in the mood for this but still wanted to finish it.
And during my reread I really enjoyed it (I actually listened to the audiobook and finished it in one day)! I loved the creepy vibes (some parts of the story were actually really scary), the story was unpredictable for most parts and the characters felt real. I'm glad I gave this another chance. ...more
In the not too distant future a new form of dementia befalls people of all ages. Dr. Gillian Ryan already lost her husband to Losian's, and now her little daughter is seriously ill as well. Gillian is one of the leading experts in the field, but progress is slow, and her funding is running low. That's when NASA approaches her. Members of a top secret mission are experiencing symptoms similar to Losian's. NASA offers to fund Gillian's research if she ...more
Combining elements from science fiction and thriller-suspense, Joe Hart brings us a gripping tale set in the not-too-distant future where a new form of dementia known as Losian’s Disease is sweeping across the globe, affecting both the old and the young. No one knows the cause, but as the widow and the mother of Losian sufferers, Dr. Gillian Ryan is determined to find a cure. She has already lost her husband, and she’s not ...more
In Joe Hart's Obscura, researcher Dr. Gillian Ryan is on the verge of curing the disease that killed her husband and is threatening to destroy her 8-year-old daughter's life. The disease erases one's memories, much like Alzheimer's. When Dr. Ryan's research funding is axed, she makes a life-altering choice to work for a top-secret NASA program that promises to help her cure the disease.
As part of her assignment, Dr. Ryan must leave her daughter back on Earth for six mon ...more
I definitely recommend reading this book and looking forward to reading more from this author.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of Joe Hart's "Obscura" in exchange of an honest review. ...more
I can't express just how wrong they were. All ...more
A new kind of dementia has hit earth... one that affects young folks, and rapidly. Meanwhile, in space, similar symptoms are showing up among astronauts beta-testing a new and potentially dangerous mode of transportation... Can our heroine solve both issues at once, while struggling through her own addiction issues, grief over her husband's death, and her young daughter's dementia diagnosis?
Though there are flaws here (view spoiler)[ she never would have be ...more
Obscura was a surprisingly great sci-fi thriller that is Reminiscent to Blake crouch’s recursion, yet all the action takes place in space. This is my first try with Joe Hart and I really enjoyed it! His writing is fluid the sci-fi elements and concepts are unbelievable yet apply nicely to the story line. The protagonist is endearing and there is a nice mounting crescendo of tension that culminates in a massive throw down by the books end.
Obscura hits the ground running, forcing the reader to start jogging along if you don't want to get left behind. A disease similar to dementia and Alzheimer's is now affecting healthy young individuals, from adults to children. Due to circumstances which you'll discover once you read the book -- because this IS a boo ...more
Gillian Ryan is an expert on a dementia-like disease that can affect people of any age. She lost her husband to it, and now her daughter is showing signs as well. When she is approached by NASA about going into space to see if she can help astronauts who have been showing similar symptoms, she agrees because she hopes doin ...more
OMG. Losian’s. That is what I fear. A more rapid form of Alzheimer’s, it takes a person’s mind and leaves them to be a violent unrecognizable shell of their former self. Gillian, in an effort to find a cure for her daughter Carrie after losing her husband to Losian’s, agrees to join a NASA space mission after her research funding was cut. However nothing is what she had originally agreed to once she was in space.
This book had all the right elements to keep ...more
This was a solid scifi thriller with a good balance of suspense and action. Throughout the story, I was never quite sure what was actually going on. Between the main character's drug habit and family history of a dementia-like illness, I could never quite trust the reliability as a narrator. I also loved the setting which primarily took place in outer space. Seriously, more thrillers and horror books need to be set in place. More suspenseful than actually scary, I would recommend thi ...more
I don’t think you could find a more appropriate title for this book: Obscura. Is it a word? It has a meaning-ish to it. But it’s not clear. In Obscura, everything is blurred, nothing is clean and easy…Who is doing what is kept a mystery until the bitter end.
I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but something about Joe Hart’s book piqued my interest. It could have been a new debilitating illness, or the “creeping paranoia” - I’m a sucker for that. All I knew was that I wanted to get my ha ...more
This just so happens to be one of those instances.
Written well with believable characters and a great premise that held my attention from beginning to end and managed to not lose me in the "science". ...more
There is quite a bit going on in Obscura. Losians is an incurable disease ravaging the planet. It is a deadly form of Alzheimer's that leads to violent episodes, one that protagon ...more
Obscura is a fantastic mix of science fiction and mystery. Hart is able to mix the two genres in organic wa ...more
Fans of Andy Weir’s “The Martian” and Blake Crouch’s “Dark Matter” will enjoy Joe Hart’s sci-fi novel, “Obscura”. (Hart pays homage to Crouch in the “acknowledgements” portion of his novel, and it’s obvious in his writing that he is a fan).
A paralyzing illness is affecting many on Earth, causing dehabiliting memory loss, blackouts and aggressive episodes. Radiologist G ...more