The Luminous Dead

The Luminous Dead

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can't shake the feeling she’s being followed?

Title:The Luminous Dead
Edition Language:English
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    The Luminous Dead Reviews

  • Riley

    scary and gaywhat more could i want ...

  • carol.

    Totally Unauthorized Review*It was very good, just the sort of read I wanted. Read it if you enjoy survival stories, or caving, or psychological mysteries where people are unreliable, conflicted, and ...

  • Sumit RK

    Set in a remote dystopic future, The Luminous Dead is the story of Gyre Price, a young woman raised on a mining colony on a distant backwater planet. Gyre obtains a solo cavern expedition job that pro...

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    4.5 starsWhat an unexpected find! Technically a science fiction novel, The Luminous Dead reads like a mystery/thriller diverse survivalist tale with doses of speculative elements and psychological int...

  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    Well... Half the time Gyre is mad at Em, or blaming Em, or wondering at how she doesn't feel like blaming Em. What's with all the blame?Em... Her being blamed during half the book for a number of disa...

  • ???  2.?

    "A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation . . . " Nah, I beg to differ.Only two characters appear in the entire story. ...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    This was BONE CHILLING and absolutely impossible to put down. I made the wrong choice when I decided to finish reading this alone in my room at 3 am. Besides being ridiculously creepy and engaging fro...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/31/...The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling is a story about two women who have more in common than either of them would like to a...

  • Kayla Dawn

    This made me so goddamn uncomfortable, I loved every second of it ...

  • jade

    “humans are selfish. it’s what we do. you loaded the gun, but we all pulled the trigger.” i put out a call for some good horror recommendations, knowing the goodreads rec system is no...