Sci-Fi Novellas Double Mini-Reviews: Seeing through Sampson’s Eyes by Pamela Schloesser Canepa & Runtime by S. B. Divya

Hi guys! Today I have for you two mini-reviews for two novellas I have received to review last year, and I finally found the time to both read them and review them. They’re both science fiction and really short. I hope you enjoy these mini-reviews!

About Seeing through Sampson’s EyesSeeing through Sampson's Eyes

Who knows what secrets lie behind one’s eyes? You have no idea until you walk in their shoes. In a technologically advanced, yet socially regressing society, Norrie, daughter of Sampson and Abrielle, is about to learn what it’s like to be considered less than human. She is now twenty, curious, confident, and unstoppable. Embarking on a journey together, Norrie and Abrielle set out to discover what remains of their beloved Sampson, yet each ends up pursuing her own individual end goal. Walk with Abrielle and Norrie to see what they will find.


2 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

I had high expectations for this novella because I enjoyed its prequel Made for Me, and sadly, Seeing through Sampson’s Eyes disappointed me. Although the beginning—just like the first novella—wrenched my heart and made me emotional, the further I dug deeper into the book, the more I found myself scratching my head and becoming confused at the events that unfolded. I honestly thought that the story would revolve around Abrielle and her mother finding Sampson’s eyes, but this character-driven novel strayed away from the summary I’ve been given, and this didn’t turn out well for my reading experience.

While I could feel the emotion that the author poured into the book at times, rather than being transported into the story, I felt as if I was being told everything rather than being shown everything. The plot and world-building didn’t click with me well because they didn’t feel very cohesive and subtle. It was as if everything was popping up in front of me rather than being led to each event, each person, and each part. There were moments that did put me on the edge of my seat, though, and there were parts when you couldn’t help but smile or be sympathetic to the main character. However, the conclusion didn’t feel very satisfying to me, though.

Although this novella had a lot of promise and potential, the story could have been more developed. This story wasn’t just for me, and I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series for the meantime. If you are willing to try it, please feel free to! Hopefully others will enjoy this sequel more than I did.

About RuntimeRuntime

The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle, the cyborg’s Tour de France. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevada.

Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have funding, and she doesn’t have support. She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people’s garbage and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the Minerva Challenge is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.

Runtime is S. B. Divya’s exciting science fiction debut.


1 Star

Spoiler Alert: There are many spoilers throughout this review. Read at your own caution.

Disclaimer: I received this book from a fellow blogger in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

I was very looking forward to reading this novel, but unfortunately it did not click with me. I don’t ever like being blunt in a review, but Runtime felt very uninspiring and anticlimactic. It may be only 100 pages, but I just could not get into it.

I highly disliked both the world-building and the main character. Although the story is supposed to be short, I expected a lot more detail about the futuristic society Marmeg lived in. The technology and societal norms did not fascinate me.

I also really did not like the character of Marmeg. She remains static and one-sided throughout the novel. Even though she does show compassion and even sacrificed a lot to help someone who hurt her, I did not see the dynamic character arc I was looking for. She didn’t change at all, and I could not relate to her in many ways. In addition, I was looking forward to her being partly Filipino, but her character did not meet my expectations. There were times that the author used non-Filipino nicknames, which threw me off a bit. She ends up hating her mother and bashing religion, which doesn’t line up with many of the ideals I’ve grown up with. Although I do know there are many exceptions to that, I was hoping that she would end up loving her family and God, but that did not happen to my dismay.

I was highly disappointed by the novella, and although I personally will not recommend it to others, if you want to try it out, feel free. This story was just not for me, and I’m one of the only few who just does not see the greatness of this novella.

Happy Reading!

Have you read any of these books? Do you like sci-fi?

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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