The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

“Nothing about cave exploration should be done on autopilot.”

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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?


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Friday for Funsies || The Luminous Dead Tour Recap

Friday for Funsies

It’s a weirdly lucky season for me, because in less than a month, I’ve had the chance to go to two authors talks and signings! This one was extra special, since it’s close to my second home and to my heart. And because it’s for a book I might not normally read, since I’m a big scaredy cat who gets nervous about anything horror adjacent.

But I will be brave, because Caitlin Starling’s talk about The Luminous Dead has convinced me! Even if it means I have to read her book during the day!

And hey, while I’m at it, let me convince you that you should read it too… 👀

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