Book Review 164 // Claws of the Genestealer by Cavan Scott

I am hitting up an easy read to follow up from all the short stories. With this in mind, I chose Claws of the Genestealer, the second in the series of kid-friendly adventures written by Black Library. I enjoyed the first story (see here), so I hope the momentum continues.

Title: Claws of the Genestealer (Warped Galaxies #2)
Author: Cavan Scott
Fluff: The second book in the Warped Galaxies series. An exciting new series of sci-fi books for middle-grade readers from Black Library. Brave champions and the forces of the Imperium battle alien beasts and mechanical tyrants across the gulf of space.

Having crash-landed on a remote ice planet, Zelia Lor and her friends Talen, Mekki and the super-intelligent alien-ape Fleapit must do whatever they can to survive. A distress beacon offers some hope of rescue, but what else lurks in the ice and snow, watching them with hungry eyes…?

Style: Paperback, 220 pages - also as a kindle version.


Unsurprisingly we jump straight into the conclusion of the first book, Attack of the Necron. It seems like our group of kids is just not getting a break. After surviving the Necron assassin, the kids build an encampment in the hopes of surviving a harsh winter. While searching for supplies, Talen discovers a cave system belonging to the scary Ambulls of 40k. But it would seem there is something even more horrifying out in the wild as the Ambull is injured. Soon the children are in real trouble, and their only beneficial companion, Fleapit, is out for the count (I guess the cold is getting to him).

The pace in this book is fast, and specific points are rather scary for a younger audience, especially once the hulk is discovered. We also saw many character developments happen between the children; the tense scenario sparked the character's true personalities to shine, which was great.

Though it was a good story, it felt weaker than book one; the ending was enough for me to become intrigued and continue the story. Looks like this series made it into my 2022 reading list.

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