Title: The House of Styx
Author: Derek Kunsken
Release Date: 13th April 2021
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
The House of Styx is not just one story.
It is a collection of journeys made by many people who are all connected by one thing: Venus.
“Venus is a lover who takes us only with pain,” she said, “not because she’s cruel. She’s alien, unknowable, unfathomable, but her price is the same price as any goddess: she wants to be embraced.”
It’s a story of a young man who finds himself to actually be a young woman, a government that finds itself in an endless pit of debt, a young man trying to find his place in a society that doesn’t need poets, and a young woman who tries to navigate the complicated world of politics.
The story takes place on Venus, a planet that some love and some hate, but one that still manages to stun everyone with its beauty. It’s a hard life and everyone is working themselves to the bones to be able to support themselves, so there’s no time for anything remotely fun.
The colony is bankrupt and seems to keep digging their grave deeper, and it’s going nowhere. It’s a dead end for everyone, until the D’Aquillions uncover something that will change their fortune.
“A rage didn’t tower. A loss cast no shadow. A heart couldn’t ache.
And yet they did. Words were all he had to touch another heart.“
I am going to admit that the synopsis mislead me into thinking that this was an action-packed novel. I expected a mystery, but what I got was a heartfelt story about people just trying to survive. I definitely did not except to cry.
This is definitely a character-driven book, which I prefer over a story-driven book. There’s a lot of tech-talk, which I skimmed, but it didn’t take away from the story, as well as a lot of French phrases used, but given the context of the words, you can figure most of them out by yourself.
If you’re looking for a story about people in a tough world, finding themselves as they go through hardship and turmoil, then this is the perfect book for you!
“Venus needs poets more,” Therese said. “It needs painters, even if the only canvases we have are ourselves.”
*I received a free arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest book review.
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