My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Contact doesn’t go as planned; human vs alien (aka Ellumae) nearly wipe each other out. When a final peace eventually arrives, those responsible for the most death and destruction are exiled (together) to a remote planet. In the background are the long gone “Dawn Bringers” (aliens responsible to seeding life in the universe before disappearing and leaving enigmatic artifacts behind). Given that the aliens are actually parasitic entities that can take over a host’s body, it would be tough not to compare the story to “The Host’ by Stephenie Meyer … and it does have a lot of similarities; however, the science introduced in this story is much better and the love story is more of a slow burn until the end (it does have a few twists that are predicable, if somewhat gratifying when they are finally confirmed). The Title takes its lead from a strange alien contagion (aka Rust) found on this new world that appears to have a connection to the original Dawn Bringers (and perhaps even humans and ellumae) that threatens the colony of refugees and our Heroes are in the thick of it trying to figure out a solution while also trying to to kill each other. All in all, it was enough to keep me engaged and reading chapter after chapter all the way to the end.
I was given this free advance reader copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
#Rust #BookSirens #KindleUnlimited
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