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Constelis Voss Vol 1 — Colour Theory

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Constelis Vos by K. Leigh is a sci-fi adventure featuring a large cast of characters. Our story starts with Alex, a newly awaken AI with the brain of a man from 1990s. As the story progresses, Alex collects all his friends from the 90s future doubles. This is the first book in the series so I’m curious to see why this group of friends are either reborn or placed into this far future on a planet sized space ship. While collecting his friends, Alex is also trying to over throw Tyr, the evil leader of the ship. 

I really enjoyed the concept of this book—it was cool seeing all the characters come together and rediscovering themselves. Leigh is also really great at writing descriptions and creating imagery. I did find the book a bit confusing, which I think was mostly purposeful, and I would have liked more worldbuilding in the future setting.
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I like that this book examines social issues, which is an important aspect of writing and literature. It was interesting that someone from that 1990s was booted into an Android. As far as the science fiction part, it wasn't compelling or new as a concept. That isn't to say it wasn't good, but it wasn't my cup of tea. There are other science fiction authors that have written similar novels about society, minorities, and class systems, but I preferred them to this novel. This is more recent and in the wake of some tumultuous changes in the world, which is good for people studying social changes and viewpoints.
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First of all, this author has put together a playlist to be played while reading the book, found here:  

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6hvo795l78WPhgivABu8MX?si=d9cimZDbQTqsFoTf54aCHQ&nd=1
 
linked from their blog, here:

https://blog.constelisvoss.ml/

Which I found upon a Google search and combing of all things related to Constelis Voss because I am now OBSESSED. The book centers an android who doesn't think he's an android, who comes across each member of his group of friends (or at least he thinks they are) inside a ship divided by class. The author spends time world building in-between bouts of semi-explosive dialogue and subtle class analysis.

Anyone who is pro-sex work,  aware of the effects of unfettered capitalism, and is tired of the way trans characters are portrayed would enjoy this book. Anyone who isn't of those categories likely needs to read it. The author doesn't shy away from graphic descriptions of violence or explicit language, but handles trauma and acts of consent violation with kid gloves. That said, this book is not for children or young adults. 

I see a fandom sprouting from this trilogy - and only the first installation has been released! I'm telling everyone I know about Constelis Voss.
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This book was an interesting read. The writing style is sometimes like that of Virginia Wolf or James Joyce, which gives the book a very whimsical, yet sometimes confusing, narrative. All-in-all, this book takes you on a journey to a far future, so the confusion actually enhances the experience for the most part. The LGBTQ+ themes were not particularly at the forefront, which was a nice breath of fresh air. It seems that in many books this identity must be central to the plot in some way to be included, making it a sort of spectacle tokenism, rather than just a part of human life as it really is.

I would have liked to see a bit more plot development,but I understand that this book is the first in a trilogy/series and that it takes place in the far future, so it required a lot of world-building and character development in the beginning to dispel some of the confusion.

I would not suggest this book to younger readers, however, since the language and subject matter might be inappropriate. It is definitely a book for adults, which is absolutely fine. 

The book is, for the most part, free from grammatical and spelling errors and presented professionally and at or above industry standard. 

Overall, I feel that the mileau and characterisation are very strong in this book and I plan to follow the series to the conclusion as more books are released.
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