Review

Review: Once & Future

Title: Once & Future
Author: Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Release Date: March 26th, 2019
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: “I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.”

Review:

This was a wild ride from start to finish and the queerest space adventure I’ve ever read.

And it was awesome.

I went into this having no idea what to expect, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This book tackles overthrowing a capitalistic and oppressive corporation while managing to still be such a humorous book, with an amazing cast of characters.

The first thing I loved about it was how quickly the characters become ones you could love. We’re thrown right into action, but they shine right away and even when aspects seemed to develop fast, there was still so much going on with the characters. I feel like if any other book had characters get married as fast as this one did, I’d be like… wtf.. but right away they had so much chemistry that it made sense.

I want to applaud how naturally diverse this book was. We get an incredibly queer cast and people are just loving people with sexuality or gender identity never being an obstacle. It’s just a thing. I’ve yet to see a genderfluid and ace character woven into a story to perfectly. Plus Ari is an illegal refuge from a planet (of Arab settlers from Old Earth) that the Mercer corporation has barricaded from their galaxy.

The thing keeping me from giving this 5 stars is that sometimes I found jumps from scene to scene were confusing, and with the quirky humour of everything, I’d be reading and just wondering how we went from this one scene to the next. And honestly, this could also be because the style of comedy hasn’t always been one I enjoyed. Like this book has so much vibe representing Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I love seeing the resemblance, but when I read that book and others like it, they weren’t always for me.

This book was one where the humour was working for me, but I don’t think I loved it as much as I could’ve. There was a lot that made me laugh, but other parts that just landed weird.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book for someone looking for a fun diverse sci-fi read. Also a retelling of King Arthur which was a really fun element. It was probably the most unique retelling I’ve read.

*ARC provided by the publisher for an honest review*

6 thoughts on “Review: Once & Future”

  1. I’ve been so wishy-washy on whether or not I want to read this book, so I was really excited to see a review for it! I think I’m definitely now going to add this to my Goodreads and hopefully pick it up soon, so thank you for that!

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