The series opens on a dystopic planet-sized ship in the far future, where a very advanced android receives a personality file from the 90s. He is the only one of his kind.
His name is Alex, and in his quest for understanding just how he got to be an android-and on the planet-sized ship known as CONSTELIS VOSS-he finds curiously familiar faces who help him color in the blanks.
As the coincidences pile up-friends, objects, scenes, motifs, and tropes-they start to form a pattern. A pattern that's set against the backdrop of a dystopian, corrupt civilization, with a conveniently very-evil villain.
A pattern that seems, in all its madness, to be directly linked to him.
Something is pulling the strings, and figuring out the mystery is the only way to save himself, his friends, and the future of the very human race itself.
But will he be able solve the mystery without losing himself-and his friends-in the process? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, after all.
They write tragic/hopeful books in various genres and have self-published four adult cyberpunk novels to date, including the CONSTELIS VOSS trilogy. They also may or may not be querying a Mr. Robot-flavored psychological thriller featuring a murderous man-babe.
When they're not crafting a surreal literary universe, they can be found dabbling in 3D animation, playing video games or trolling technocrats.
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This book was fascinating, and a wonderful addition to the quality LGBTQ+ sci-fi world. I plan to read it again very soon to find even more symbolism that I know I missed the first time through. Highly recommend!
What a stellar blend of sci-fi and culture-twisting writing that will poke, push and slap at every heteronormative ideal the reader may hold! K. Leigh M. crafts a truly unique and engaging story, replete with unashamedly vivid characters and enough (essential) curse words to make a sailor blush, I couldn't put this book down. The only drawback is waiting for volume 2!!
It took me several chapters to fully get into it, but once I caught onto what was going on, it was pretty easy to keep track of everything. Sci-fi books always confuse me at first, so I'm assuming this was the problem I had with it. The concept itself was really unique and interesting.
I think this is a great book for people looking to get into the sci-fi genre. It's not a genre I usually read because I struggle with it, but this one (once I pieced everything together) had very little problems with it.
I also really appreciate the trigger warnings listed at the beginning of the book. This book contains abuse, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault, bigotry, and explicit violence.
Disclaimer: I received a gifted copy of this book via Pride Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
This is a book written for you, you just don't know it yet. Literally, for you. Or *to* you, depending on how you read it and who you identify with. This book is a raw look into a person's soul and speaks directly and unashamedly to the reader and who they see themselves as. There are precious few things that are made for you in this world, don't pass up on this one.
This is really a futuristic story. Alex (A120P) wakes up to realize he is a Synthetic human who begins to realize the year is 5352, yet he has memories from 1980 or 90. In the past, he lived life by his wits. Contracting business of fixing things, mostly people. It was a life that he enjoyed, pitting his wits against the more unsavory aspect of humans. Andre Polly Verdane is the cosmetician to accumulate to this new life. He is no longer on Earth, but a ship, a huge ship. The size of a friggin planet. His memories are of Olive, Percy, Polly, and oh yes the other. The one who took, and took, and took but never gave a thing back. The past catches up to the present. Maya was Olive, Andre is Polly, Percy is even here from his memories but also with a different name. How can his past be mixed up in the present but Alex is now a robot and the heartless one who took is now Tyr the Director. Oh no, how could this be and why? There has to be an alternative theme or plan to straighten all the wrong he did in the past?
*3.5 stars* It was hard to get into, and I was worried I wouldn’t like it, buy I ended up enjoying this book! I was slightly confused for much of the first 50 pages, but I also know that it’s the beginning of a series. And the beginning of many fantasy series’s are always confusing because of the world building so I assume sci-fi books are similar.
I loved the concept of the book! It was so cool plus pretty original and interesting! I was invested from the beginning (as soon as I figured out what was going on, haha) It’s not something I would normally pick up, but I have been wanting to broaden my genres and try more sci-fi, so this was a wonderful pick! So overall, I enjoyed this book and it was very intriguing and thought provoking.
And thank you PrideBookTours for including me on the tour!
tw/cw: abuse, trauma, ptsd, sexual assault, bigotry, and violence.
I loved this book, the concept of synthetic humans who may or may not retain memories of them being humans is amazing, and the execution was amazing. Alex (model number A120-P in the book) is an amazing main character, he's mutli-dimensional rather than flat, which is something I have noticed with less well-done robotic characters. The connections between the human characters from Alex's memories and the people and synths he interacts with throughout the book really helps pull together the idea that the synth isn't crazy or just off his programming, but that he is actually remembering who he is.
If you like techno-thrillers (or if you like the MCU character Vision), you should definitely give this a read.
This is the first story in a series and sets up some worldbuilding and conflicts that will be interesting to see resolved. It has some fun concepts that merge the supernatural with science fiction. This story follows an android who is apparently a reincarnation of a young man who lived several thousand years earlier - in the 1990s. He meets other characters that he recognizes from his previous life, and over the course of the story they reignite their friendship while confronting the issues with the unjust society they live in. This is an ambitious concept that doesn’t always quite hit the mark, and at times clarity is sacrificed for indulgent prose. It ends on a cliffhanger and may be better evaluated in conjunction with volume two.
Wow! just Wow! I am hooked on this series. I love sci-fi stories and this takes it to a whole new level. The characters are great! Fun, exciting, interesting, complicated and enticing. Not many authors can write engaging characters and an engaging story that intrigues you while entertaining you. The story is benefited by multiple reads. You can just enjoy the story, or you can delve deeper into the implications of people, their actions, and how they feel and why they feel the way they do. Truly a wonderful work with a lot to say without being overbearing.
It’s been a long time since I read a book in one sitting, and it happened again with COLOUR THEORY. This book hooked me from the first sentence, and Alex is so relatable to me I swear I want to get a tattoo of him. This book is vivid, gritty, and it’s queer af; to say I'm in love is an understatement. Pick the whole series immediately, trust me.
Color Theory. I suppose this tale could be told without it and still be good sci-fi but perhaps not quite as good or compelling. Definitely a “more” rating! The ending of “vol. 1” was a combination of cliffhanger and anticlimax. But it left a definite desire to continue on to a more satisfying conclusion.
This is a confusing book. It seems like its a good idea, just not fleshed out enough to make it a good book. It kept me interested enough to finish, but not enough to want me to continue with the series.
This book is amazing. I’m what people call and otaku so I read manga on a daily basis. Constelis Voss made me feel like I was reading a manga except with out the drawings. The detail is so vivid and clear. Alex definitely hits hard to home for me. Abusive relationships aren’t as easy to get out of as some might think. But he’s got a fighting spirit and isn’t about to give up. I’m excited to jump right in to volume 2. Leigh has definitely written a masterpiece with this series.