Equipped with an anthropology degree and an interest in the dark and macabre, Caitlin Starling's debut sci-fi novel both lingers and enticingly disturbs. Set in an unexplored cave system on a mining-colony planet, "The Luminous Dead" follows a young woman, Gyre Price, as she navigates dangerous caverns with unforeseeable obstacles while having to trust in someone who is not entirely trustworthy. There's something eerily unsettling about this world — it isn’t just the danger of the dive, or the claustrophobia of the protective suit Gyre wears. Her loneliness and desperation are what truly make Gyre’s experience haunting.
“This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s "Annihilation" and Andy Weir’s 'The Martian.'” —Publishers Weekly *STARRED* review
“Starling’s debut is a chilling study in mutual guilt and dependence that will have readers racing toward the conclusion.” —Booklist
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Kenyon College Bookstore
106 Gaskin Avenue, Gambier, Ohio 43022