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The Luminous Dead
The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
11 posts | 5 read | 1 reading | 15 to read
A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . . As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, her control giving way to paranoia and anger, Gyre severs her connection with Em and the outside world. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head. But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?
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Godpants
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Mehso-so

🤷‍♀️ It‘s fine, but I feel like a book about exploring caves should feel scarier? I think that none of it really landed for me. The main character just makes so many insanely dumb decisions.

vivastory Disappointing, I had hopes for this one. This is a good, & scary, book about caves 2w
Godpants @vivastory I think that most people liked it, so you still may. I genuinely find the idea of a cave in to be terrifying, so I was surprised that this didn‘t really hit for me. I‘ll definitely check out your recommendation! 2w
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Godpants
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Sci-fi Horror? Yes, please!

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allureofbeauty
The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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Listening to a new audiobook while I was out walking today.
Then I went to my book club for that other book I posted the other day and got the new one for next month.
#theluminousdead #luminiousdead #caitlinstarling #mystery #horror #audiobook #audio #scribd #scribdaudio #scifi #walking #bookfitnesschallenge #caving #thriller

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Velvetsun
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I haven‘t been reading very much lately. It‘s mainly been because of a combination of work stress and diamond painting addiction. But I just got these new releases and feel like it might be time to dive into something new.

Which one should I read first?

BookHoarder32 Aurora Rising 🚀 2mo
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RainyDayReading
The Luminous Dead: A Novel | Caitlin Starling
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I went to the library to pick up one book. ONE BOOK. I walked out with all of these....clearly I am not to be trusted in a library. I'm not to be trusted when it comes to books in general, but especially not in a library 🙈

wanderinglynn That looks like a great trip to the library to me! 👍🏻😉 2mo
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Squidapus
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Pickpick

Squidapus enjoyed this book a lot more when he realized it was less about cave monsters and more about two broken women unable to let go of their trauma, being broken at each other. Then the contradictory and downright idiotic decisions these characters make have a much more sensical context. It can still be frustrating tho as Gyre and Em pitch from relatable to infuriating paragraph to paragraph. The romantic insinuation made no sense however

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ericarobynreads
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The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling is a totally captivating but nerve-wracking tale that is certainly not for those that fear tight spaces… While reading this tale, I felt so horribly claustrophobic. But I couldn‘t stop. I had to find out what happened next!

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-the-luminous-dead-by-caitlin-starlin...

#horror #springhorror #scifi

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Squidapus
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Squidapus is looking forward to diving deep into this, been really looking forward to it since seeing it in the store. He hopes it's as horrory as the back makes it sound. It's been a while since he read a good horror (no The Devourers doesn't count just because it had werewolves).

DuckOfDoom I'm also excited for this book!! 3mo
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unabridgedchick
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Quickly, we see things are not as expected, but even our main character doesn't know what is standard. The novel devolves into a mire of paranoia and barely contained panic, infectious and so very, very fun to read. There are alien monsters, possibly unreliable narrators, horrifying realities or maybe terrifying delusions. It's impossible to tell what's real and what isn't, and I loved every moment.

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unabridgedchick
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100 pages in and I can't stop. Caves, trust issues, monsters. So. Good.

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Orpheuswaking
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How do people get all of these ARCs???

Literary_Siren I want to know too!! 4mo
StaceyKondla I get ARC‘s because I am a bookseller at a local book store part time. Publishers send ARC‘s to book stores so employees can read before publication and then do a better job selling them. 4mo
Orpheuswaking Note to self - get part time book seller job 4mo
ravenlee It seems a lot of people get them from NetGalley, but I don‘t know how you go about doing that. I still have ARCs from my bookselling stint that ended 8 years ago. I promise I‘m going to read them... 4mo
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