Book Reviews

A Fighting Chance by Laylah Hunter at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Other Planets / Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 16-June-2013

Book Blurb

Luis Delgado, a boxer, and Davey Taylor, an artist, live in a future when Earth is home to the destitute and the only chance for a better life is found among the colonies that orbit the once-great planet. Davey has the opportunity to make a name for himself with an art sponsorship on the Luna Minor colony, but he needs to get there first. Luis may have the answer, but it means choosing between his career and his future together with Davey.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".


Book Review

This plucky little short brought to mind the trailer I recently saw for Elysium, a new science fiction flick coming out this summer. The similarity being that its two lead characters reside on the surface of a worn out planet where air pollution and a lack of resources have everyone who can afford to living on colonies in orbit. The cost of a trip to the space age “promised lands” effectively splits the world into the haves: those that reside in the promised lands and the have-nots: the poverty-ridden, struggling inhabitants of the planet.

Luis, a ring fighter, is doing his best to survive on the planet's surface; he’s living fight to fight simply to maintain his tiny living quarters. He’s fairly resigned to his life, doesn’t try to think about his abysmal future or what will happen to him when he loses the will or the skill to win. He takes solace in the one bright spot in his life, his lover Davey.

Davey is a bright, optimistic, young man prone to taking chances as he tries to find a way to better his life. He knows his way out is through the beautiful art he makes, but what good is his talent, when only the riffraff of planet-side get to see it? Forced to confront their future when Davey, unable to pay his rent, moves in with Luis, the two men form a daring plan, one that has Luis risking his life, for their unspoken love.

A nice sweetmeat between longer reads, the fluid sketch of the two characters left me enough of an impression to provide some stimulating visuals as did the brief glimpses into the author’s penned future. This one left me with a ghostly ache of wonder for some time after I finished it. Nice one shot; it certainly sparked my interest in reading a longer effort from this author.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 24 pages/5601 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
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