Clarissa by Karl Drinkwater @karldrinkwater @rararesources

About the Book:

If you’re reading this: HELP! I’ve been kidnapped.
Me and my big sister stayed together after our parents died. We weren’t bothering anybody. But some mean government agents came anyway, and split us up.
Now I’m a prisoner on this space ship. The agents won’t even say where we’re going.
I hate them.
And things have started to get a bit weird. Nullspace is supposed to be empty, but when I look out of the skywindows I can see … something. Out there. And I think it wants to get in here. With us.
My name is Clarissa. I am ten years old.
And they will all be sorry when my big sister comes to rescue me.

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About the Author:

Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.
Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.
When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

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My Review:

Clarissa and Opal are sisters and are separated. Clarissa is on a spaceship and she is just ten years old. Her novella is the first I have reviewed by Karl Drinkwater and I was immediately gripped by the writing style.

Clarissa seems wise beyond her years and is very smart. She’s open and chatty as well as curious.

I really felt for her in the quest to find her sister, Opal, and the memories Clarissa has of being with Opal are peppered throughout the story which made me get to know the backstory of the sisters.

I thought Clarissa was brave, too, to be trying to cope as best she could in the situation she was in.

The first two lines of the synopsis gripped my heartstrings and did not let go, as they show the bond between the sisters.

If you’re reading this: HELP! I’ve been kidnapped.

Me and my big sister stayed together after our parents died. We weren’t bothering anybody.

The fact they were split up by Government agents reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha is a way (although this is a different genre and a different time) because of the death of parents then the splitting up of close sisters.

Will Clarissa and Opal ever be reunited? I was hoping so all through the book.

The atmosphere of the spaceship and Clarissa’s descriptions of her surroundings are incredibly visual.

Clarissa is part of the Lost Tales of Solace series and is book three of short stories which compliment the Lost Solace series.

I think Karl Drinkwater did a really great job of writing Clarissa’s character and point of view. That made Clarissa’s story utterly engaging to me.

Thanks to Karl Drinkwater and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

5 stars

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