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That Distant Dream

(The Satura Trilogy #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  21 reviews
After her escape pod is found drifting through debris nearly two decades after the end of the Redelki Wars, Melin is woken from cryosleep to find a galaxy where she no longer belongs. The galaxy has moved on from the horrors she experienced, the experiences that transformed her into a hero while she slept, but she hasn’t.

Alone, broken in mind and body, Melin is slowly pull
Published December 14th 2020 by NineStar Press
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Lex Kent
4.25 Stars. This was really good! This is the first book in The Satura Trilogy and what I believe is Beckley’s full-length debut. Earlier this year, I did read a novella by Beckley that I thought was a cute read. I’m not sure if it is due to the full-length, the story subject, or just that Beckley is improving, but I thought this book was a big step forward in both quality and enjoyment. One of my disappointments was not getting to read a lot of sci-fi this year, but out of the sci-fi I have rea ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was such a surprise I loved it and can’t wait for the second book to come! I like sci-fi and this series has plenty of that (military sci-fi to be specific) and some added fantasy elements as well. This is the second book by Beckley I read this year, the first being the novella “Evie and the pack-horse librarians”. In the novella I enjoyed the imaginative world Beckley created, but one of my thoughts was that the story deserved/needed a longer format, so I’m stoked with this book ...more
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
It's mine, so no rating!

I'm so excited to have been able to publish this one and let it escape into the world. This is for all of us who left the military and found ourselves a little adrift, looking for a second chance and feeling less than what we once were. May you find your second, or third, or fourth (or hell, even eleventh) chance.

SuppOs, chapter 13 is for you <3
Diana Green
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It drew me right in from the beginning and held my interest all the way through. Although I don't like cliffhangers, I'm so invested in this story that I'll definitely read the next book. The author did such a great job of slowly building the sense of mystery and also giving the reader a compelling protagonist to root for. I can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This has everything I love to read about. Melin is so badass. I also love how she just wants to be left alone but she's in the thick of all the action. ...more
C. S.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, netgalley, lgbtq
This was a really satisfying genre-mash with flavors of military sf, high fantasy, and highly capable but also relatable hero.

I enjoyed the use of the long-last hero trope as well, and thought it was carried out in a more engaging way than I've seen elsewhere, with more challenges than victories for the main character. Id I have one complaint it would be that there was SO MUCH to be set up in this first book that it felt like it crowded out some of the plot.

But I still enjoyed the journey, and
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, military, fantasy, ptsd, f-f
worst part of reading this amazing book is that it released a couple days ago and i'm going to have to wait to read the sequel ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: That Distant Dream
Author: Laurel Beckley
Publisher: NineStar Press
ISBN: 9781648901669
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
The Satura Trilogy 1
After her escape pod is found drifting through debris nearly two decades after the end of the Redelki Wars, Melin is woken from cryosleep to find a galaxy where she no longer belongs. The galaxy has moved on from the horrors she experienced, the experiences that transformed her into a hero while she sl
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
An escape pod floating through space for almost 20 years is found, and contains Melin, the hero of the Redelki Wars. She has been left battered both in body & mind, and just wants to retire & be left in peace. She goes to a planet she’s never seen, Satura, based on her great-grandma’s stories. But peace is in short supply here, and Melin has to form a different plan.

The author is ex-military, and that shows in the detail of this book. The story shows the stupid bureaucracy in place even in the f
Colleen Corgel
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, science-fiction
Okay, I gave this a long time to think about how I felt about this book. I do find it interesting, and though this is much more of a military science fiction than anything, it feels more like a mystery to me. The lead character has dreams that she believes are nightmares, but some of those dreams have people in them that show up in other parts of the novel. So, with that, it is very slow, with relatively little happening over all, but there's a lot of actual story set up. So for me, there's a lo ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Minor spoiler: this book ends with a massive cliffhanger. Not much of a surprise since it's the first in a trilogy but the end came a bit as a surprise for me. And disappointment which is good thing cause I wanted to keep reading. So even if you normally avoid cliffhangers I would urge you to accept it so you can read this book. It has a strong female lead in Melin, a war hero who doesn't want to be one and is actually not treated with a lot of respect since she woke up from cryo 17 years after ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing novel and I wholeheartedly recommend it. That said, two important qualifiers: there is one heck of a cliffhanger ending, and you’re going to be left with more questions than answers.

From the start, readers are in the dark, just as the protagonist, Melin is. A war veteran stashed in cryostorage for 17 years after capture and torture, deprived of her mental implant and a meaningful place in the society she now inhabits, Melin is hoping that a posting on the planet her grandmoth
Thieving Magpie
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was so surprised by that book! I was expecting your general Si-Fi-Romance-Novel, but this book? There was not one kiss or even hint at romance, and givent what the main character went through, I was so happy they did not put a romance on top of that. This book was dealing with so much other stuff, PTSD, war, the concequences of war - I hate it when romance it put into that part of a story.
I am looking forward to the next book, hopefully there are going to be the dragons who have been mentione
Joyfully Jay
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

I loved this book. The rest of this review will end up being a long meandering of my thoughts, which will all end up with the same four words: I loved this book. It involves a character, Melin, who has been through hell — and it’s never laid out what she endured or for how long. We know there was a galactic war, we know she was involved, we know she was captured and hurt, but all of this is given out crumb by crumb. Instead of telling us about Melin’s pain, we see
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a great first book! I'm excited to see where this trilogy will go! I'm invested in Melin and the people of Satura. The cliff-hanger was okay, especially given that I have two more books to look forward to. I'm a reader that would be happy with all three books condensed into one but I know everyone isn't like that. If this continues along the same trajectory, I could see the Satura trilogy being very highly rated from me.

My favorite parts of this were the casual references to queer ident
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
In my opinion, the book's base and theme was very interesting, however, it could be a little bit boring at some parts. The main character's personality was well-written and I enjoyed the events which contained her.
All in all, I rate it at 3 stars and I'm waiting to the next book to be released because at the end I wanted to continue reading.

Thank you for NetGalley and NineStar Press for the Advanced Reader Copy.
Sameena Jehanzeb
No rating because I gave up in chapter 14 (of 19 I think). I was just too bored by all the mystery surrounding the protagonists dreams. They seemed interesting but nothing comes of it. There are no answers at all so the mystery just keeps going and going up to the point where it felt pointless to me. By the time I reached chapter 14 I realized I am not having any fun reading this so I quit.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I stopped and started so many times, I didn't realize it was a sci-fi/fantasy which I never read or enjoy I really tried to push thru and finish and god it was boring! I rate it a 2 when really I wanted to rate it a 1. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book to read. ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Danai writes
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing sci-fi read with emotional depth and an unexpected cliffhanger — give me the next book now!
As I loved Beckley's writing in "Evie and the Pack-Horse Librarians" I jumped at the chance to read this book. The premise is super interesting: a retired war hero who looks young but she really isn't wants to start over... but her past (and probably her family legacy) catches up with her on the occupied planet of Satura.
The MC, Melin, is a character with amazing depth, whose struggle with P
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Laurel Beckley has been writing ever since she started her first novel the summer before eighth grade—a hand-written epic fantasy catastrophe that has lurked in her mind and an increasingly ratty college-ruled notebook ever since.

She is a writer, Marine Corps veteran and librarian.

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