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An alien game show. A deadly challenge. The fate of the world is on Astra’s shoulders.
Twenty-five-year-old Astra Ching has never sought the spotlight. So when a mysterious black orb appears with a challenge for Earth and selects her to compete in its strange—and very public—game, she’s not pleased to find herself a sudden superstar.
The rules are bewildering, and there are no second chances for losers. Yet while Astra fights to stay alive and save the world from imminent destruction, the people of Earth are more interested in tabloids and gossip, like whether or not she’s engaging in a scandalous love affair with a fellow contestant . . . or the mysterious alien known only as Eleven.
In her struggle to survive, Astra forms tentative alliances with a handful of trustworthy friends. But as the global gossip seeps into the game and contestants are eliminated with each round, Astra’s celebrity threatens to become infamy and the line between friend and foe blurs.
Will she emerge from the arena a hero, or just another headline?
From the Publisher
J. D. Edwin is a writer of character-driven speculative fiction both long and short. She is a fan of books of all genres, but specifically horror, urban fantasy, and science fiction.
Her short fiction work is currently published through the online magazine Short Fiction Break, where she is a staff contributor, and her articles on writing are published at The Write Practice.
When not writing, working her day job in IT, or chasing after her children, she can be found adding to her already long list of hobbies.
Headspace is a thoroughly enjoyable read, packed with lots of action, memorable characters and twists that surprised me time and again. If you liked the Hunger Games, you'll love this book. Only in Headspace's game, sadistic aliens are setting the rules. Great writing from a talented new author. —Evelyn Puerto, author of The Outlawed Myth Series
It has been a while since I read an entire book in one sitting but HEADSPACE is just that intriguing. An action-packed thrill ride that feels strongly realistic. As if it could take place this afternoon! With relatable characters and vivid descriptions, HEADSPACE puts you front and center in the thrill ride of a lifetime. The array of representation in this book realistically and beautifully encapsulates the human experience. Outstanding and amazing! I can't recommend it enough. —Tangela Williams-Spann, author of Sad, Black, and Fat: Musings From The Intersection
HEADSPACE by J. D. Edwin is an intense, science-fiction thriller that pulls no punches. Her characters manage to be both flawed and lovable, making even the aliens deeply human. It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I was there I couldn't put it down. I literally read the last half in one day. —Abigail Silver, author of Child of Awareness
A strange object from outer space has come to Earth. It's definitely alien, but what do they want? I bet you'll never guess. I sure didn't. This is one of the most atypical alien-visitation stories I've ever read. There's always something interesting happening, even in the more leisurely moments. And I'm never able to guess what happens next. Edwin writes an entertaining story with exciting action and compelling characters. There's a little bit of everything in this novel: action, adventure, drama, mystery, science fiction, and even a little romance. —Dawn Ross, author of the Dragon Spawn Chronicles Series
Innovative, entertaining, and clever. A pleasure to read. —Ichabod Ebenezer, author of A Shadow Stained in Blood and Beyond the Rail and Other Nightmares
What happens if you suddenly are thrust into the spotlight and responsible for the human race's extinction?...the game is a deadly one; not only for Astra, but for the entire world...Astra has to win the game or no more planet Earth... —Kana Wu, author of No Secrets Allowed
- ASIN : B08ZL4FDRT
- Publisher : Story Cartel Press (July 13, 2021)
- Publication date : July 13, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1023 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 554 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 173590371X
- Best Sellers Rank: #344,217 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2021
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It's in the story itself that the main character wasn't really someone who should win. And in the end, she didn't even really 'win'. The story took a long time getting there. I would have more enjoyed one of the stronger earlier characters surviving to the end and putting their friendship to the ultimate test. I think that sort of conflict would have been worth reading to. And having that strong first character navigating the conflicts between the characters that come later would have been quite invigorating.
So, in the end I thought while this story rolled to a consistent end eventually and had some interesting ideas, it missed too many opportunities to really suck the reader in. And I'm not a fan of arena-type games that depend heavily on the machine interpreting a player's thoughts for the interaction. I never bought into the holodeck concept in a popular franchise, and didn't get into it here. If there's to be games to the death, physical prowess and intellectual depth are the much-better instruments of combat.
I do not plan on reading the next book in the series.
I've never read anything in the sci-fi genre before, but this book has me rethinking that choice. Because let me tell you, if there are other sci-fi books this good, I have to read them all!
There are SO many elements in this story that make it feel frighteningly realistic: the social media hype, the fickle infatuation of the masses for their latest celebrities, and the motives and involvement of the government.
The fear and uncertainty are so tangible that they will keep you hanging on to the very end! I felt so involved and emotionally invested with these characters that I sat down after finishing this book and took several deep breaths to try processing What. On. Earth. had just happened.
J. D. Edwin is a phenomenal writer. I believed that in the first chapter, and I finished the last one absolutely sure of it. I used to be a voracious reader but fell out of the habit with the busyness of life post-graduation. As I've started to get back into reading, I've realized that there are some books, some writing styles, that have that extra something. It's hard to put my finger on it to describe it, but these books flow so smoothly - so thoroughly draw you in - that you won't realize you're reading words on paper anymore. Instead, they play before your mind's eye like a movie tailor-made for you.
Headspace is one of those books. It makes reading effortless, and I read the last 23 chapters in one night!
So if you're on the fence and wondering if this book is for you, do yourself a favor and run, don't walk, to get a copy in your hands as soon as possible! There's too much going for this book to pass this one by.
I received an ARC (advanced reader copy) of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The characters in this book are diverse and unique while being engaging and captivating. Astra is just your everyday person trying to survive the chaos thrust her way and it shows. She goes through all the same emotions and struggles and pains that we would if we were in her shoes. To put it bluntly, she is human. Real and pure and simple and complex and human. The other characters in Headspace are all just as human and just as diverse. They all handle the situation slightly differently, some wildly different, and it shows just how different people can be.
If you want to read a book that drags you through the nitty-gritty chaos of life in the spotlight while trying to survive unspeakable things, and maybe a side of romance, then Headspace is your next read. It has everything you could want from a book and more. It isn't terribly long but isn't short either. That being said I did finish it in under 2 days, but as I said, I literally couldn't put it down. Enjoy and Happy Reading.
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In some regards, the story was reminiscent of Vera Nazarian's Atlantis Grail series but did not quite reach that height of writing. The Atlantis Grail remains one of my all-time favourite series but Headspace had a bit more cynicism, slightly less positivity despite the heroine being a genuinely, if slightly nerdy, 'good' person, and the love interest wasn't developed to the same depth.
Nevertheless, this was an engrossing book, with interesting ideas which were original to me and was well written and proof read. It is a stand-alone and quite lengthy volume but there appears to be a sequel on the cards but not available yet (Jan 2022). I would certainly be interested in booking up for that if I could as the ending was a little vague in some respects... but, sadly, it doesn't seem possible.
I did enjoy the narrative in this book, and it is worth the purchase and time to read.
Thanks very much.