Idyll by James Derry (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)


Title: Idyll 

Author: James Derry

Published Date: October 13th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction Adventure


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Hold on tight for a New-Adult Sci-Fi Adventure that’s caught in the crossfire between Firefly and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road!

Idyll is a rugged planet—a new, simpler start for some 10,000 settlers who have fled Mother Earth. But a strange ‘plague’ of contagious sleep has devastated their Settlement, sparked by a mysterious mantra called the Lullaby.

After a three-year quarantine, Walt and Samuel Starboard set out from their ranch on a mission to cure their comatose mother and find their missing father. For days they ride through a blighted landscape: deserted cabins and gravestones and the ruins of towns destroyed by fire. Just when the brothers are about to give up, they stumble upon a second pair of survivors, two beautiful and determined sisters.

Miriam and Virginia Bridge offer new hope, but they also present new problems. Stirrings of emotion and shifting priorities threaten to set the brothers against each other. Can Walt and Samuel overcome years of festering resentment, or will their rivalry tear them apart before they can reunite their broken family? And will any of them survive the revelation of who—or what—unleashed the Lullaby on their home world?


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Melanie – #NerdGirlVamp’s  Review***
Any time that Firefly is mentioned in a blurb it is pretty much guaranteed to get my attention and so I was very intrigued to see what this had to offer.

This is not a light, easy read. It is very dark and fans of dystopian fiction I am sure will appreciate how this story unfolds with a very complete world evolving, even if I am pretty sure it is not a world I would want to be a part of.

My only complaint, that which stopped it being a 5 star read for me was that it started off a little slowly, and at times it felt a little repetitive, but I would highly recommend sticking with it.

Definitely an unfinished story but as it is listed as part of a trilogy this is unsurprising, and it doesn’t leave you screaming with frustration. I am definitely intrigued as to where this story will go.

A well earned 4 stars from me



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  • SuziSummer

    If this story is like The Road, I’d love it…in a super dark way! Terri mcneal

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