Broken Valley

Book Two of The Neskan Chronicles

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Pub Date 24 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2023

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Description

Adan Testa is on the run. Somehow he can use the centuries-old tech left behind by Neska’s original colonists. And that makes him the target of powerful forces willing to do whatever it takes to learn Adan’s secret for themselves. With relentless Union operatives hot on his heels, Adan and his friends begin a perilous journey along the 500-year-old trail to find the only thing that can give Adan the answers he seeks.

Don't miss this thrilling new addition to the smash hit Queer YA Sci-Fi series The Neskan Chronicles from best-selling author Owen Lach!

Adan Testa is on the run. Somehow he can use the centuries-old tech left behind by Neska’s original colonists. And that makes him the target of powerful forces willing to do whatever it takes to...


A Note From the Publisher

Broken Valley is the second book in the Queer YA Sci-fi series The Neskan Chronicles. If you haven't read Founder's Mercy, you may request a free review copy from the publisher at robert@jetspacestudio.com

Broken Valley is the second book in the Queer YA Sci-fi series The Neskan Chronicles. If you haven't read Founder's Mercy, you may request a free review copy from the publisher at...


Advance Praise

Reviews for Broken Valley: Book Two of The Neskan Chronicles

"Owen Lach’s Broken Valley is a captivating queer science fiction tale that blends clever world-building, breathless action, and thoughtful, compelling relationships."

-Queerspace Magazine

Reviews for Founder's Mercy: Book One of The Neskan Chronicles

"A tightly-plotted queer sci-fi adventure with complex world-building, urgent political themes, and nuanced characters that are easy to root for."

-Ryan Douglass, New York Times bestselling author of The Taking of Jake Livingston

"Lach breathes some new life into the genre with a likable cast of characters, an engaging romance, and a well-thought-out premise."

-Publisher's Weekly BookLife Reviews

"Owen Lach's debut YA sci-fi novel, Founder's Mercy, feels like a well-oiled machine. This is an unpretentiously accomplished debut and a cracking, fun read."

-The Queer Review

"Founder’s Mercy is a thrilling, young-adult sci-fi adventure set in a well-developed world filled with likable, relatable characters. Lach is a gifted storyteller."

-Queerspace Magazine

Reviews for Broken Valley: Book Two of The Neskan Chronicles

"Owen Lach’s Broken Valley is a captivating queer science fiction tale that blends clever world-building, breathless action, and...


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Featured Reviews

Owen Lach’s Broken Valley is a captivating queer science fiction tale that blends clever world-building, breathless action, and thoughtful, compelling relationships.

Broken Valley is Lach’s follow-up to his debut novel, Founder’s Mercy, continuing the story of Adan Testa, a queer sixteen-year-old on the run from Union forces determined to capture him. Adan is a unique and compelling protagonist who’s easy to root for as he navigates his first romantic relationship while staying one step ahead of the world’s many dangers. The novel is set in the distant future on a colonized world called Neska. Lach does an excellent job of world-building and creating a sense of place. The descriptions of the various locations that Adan and his friends travel through are vivid and immersive.

I appreciated how Lach used the story to tackle issues of heroism and what it means to enact and experience the kinds of violence so common to sci-fi adventure stories. While Adan’s ancient, high-tech armor may keep him safe from physical injury, the psychological damage Adan suffers is clear and present throughout the story. This helped keep the story grounded and real.

While clearly written for a younger audience, Lach's prose is still evocative and descriptive. I found myself fully immersed in his world-building as Adan and his friends explored the greater world of Neska. The action scenes are particularly well-constructed, and I was on the edge of my seat as Adan faced off against his enemies.
Fans of queer and young adult sci-fi will absolutely enjoy Lach’s The Neskan Chronicles. Broken Valley is an exciting tale full of great characters, a fascinating plot, and effortless queer sensibility.

This book contains descriptions of PTSD-related stress and anxiety, descriptions of violence and death, death and/or loss of loved ones/family members, and dealing with trauma within personal and romantic relationships.

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