Doubt the Stars by Emily Selleck
Doubt the Stars by author Emily Selleck was a Science Fiction piece inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this read with this premise, however, by the end I was definitely pleased with the adventure that I was taken on. I am a fan of Shakespeare but I am new to the reading of science fiction though I tend to watch a lot of it.
We begin the story with Hortensia Moretti and Captain Bernadette. There seems to be a sort of ghost in the shell or phantom coding that has been roaming the halls of Elsinore Station. That ghost being that of their former ruler, King Hensley, whom has recently passed away. Hortensia (Tensie) had been beckoned to figure out what is that is causing disturbances or anomalies as she is a highly skilled techy but when she actually lays eyes on the phantom she is shaken to the core.
Our next introduction is to Princess Henley of D’marc whom has just suffered the loss of her father, King Henley, and now has to suffer bearing witness to the spectacle that is the marriage of her mother, Queen Judith, to her uncle King Clarence. Prior to this oddity Henley maintained a very close relationship with her uncle however is put off, and rightfully so, by the arrangement. She is suspicious of what has transpired but is at a loss for what can be done. As she listens in on private conversations we then meet Lady Persephone and her two children, Ophestes and Laersa. There is something more than what meets the eye between Hensley and Laersa and it is an instant draw. Following a brief unveiling of this we then come upon the friendship between Tensie and Hensley, King Hensley reaching out from the grave via the coding, and a murder-mystery bogged down in the mirth of deceit.
Overall I really enjoyed this read. It was a great blend of a story that we all know spun into something brand new. It was interesting to see Henley become so driven by first just investigating what may have really happened to her father and then that drive mutating into a revenge plot. She became so fixated that she could not see the truth staring her right in the face. You know what is coming but it doesn’t stop you from continuing on in the novel. You have to see if the characters veer from the course or if they sustain the same demise.
The authenticity of each character with their own unique personalities and driving forces was excellent and the editing was great. I only noted one error throughout the entire piece which was toward the end and I cannot recall where to be specific. There was no interruption to the flow, no unnecessary elements or unanswered questions that as a reader I felt needed to be tied up, so another kudos here to the author and the editors. The only hang up for me was the old English and that was because it made me stop and wonder things like was this similar to the updated Romeo & Juliet or O (Othello) films where the verbiage was the same but the settings were just in modern-day – in this case in the future – or would language have returned to this out in the galaxy? It wasn’t what one would perceive as a flaw just something that made me go, hmm.
Doubt the Stars was a great adventure and is a piece that I would recommend to our readers. It appeals to two very different audience and provides a good blending of genres. Visit the author’s website for more information and if you have not already get your own copy of Doubt the Stars here.