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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Wayfarer: AV494 by Matthew S. Cox is the story of Kerys Loring, hurtled thousands of light years from earth, far from her young brother Jaden and all the troubles of her past (or so she thinks), in search of biological life - aliens - in remote corners of the universe. After awaking in the cryogenic pod she'd been asleep in for nearly three years, she's met by a team of military doctors, scientists, researchers, and Avasar Biotech crew who are all there with the same goal in mind: to evaluate and assess suspected signs of nonhuman civilization. Kerys's job is to study material remains left behind, but much like the life she left back on earth, it soon becomes apparent once back on the Wayfarer Outpost that the next six months are going to be a living hell, as everyone around her succumbs to an inexplicable mix of violence and insanity that's unleashed itself within the confined space.
Wayfarer: AV494 by Matthew S. Cox is an absolute whirlwind of intrigue, heart-thumping scares, and adventure. With writing that makes you feel as if you're right there, Cox creates an environment that takes readers straight into the middle of nowhere. The descriptions of sights, sounds, and smells are vivid, with the world-building of a location even as as restrictive as the Wayfarer Outpost being fleshed-out in near perfect dimension. I think what I enjoyed the most, aside from its unique and gripping story line, was the natural, believable narrative. For a sci-fi horror story, the dialogue feels authentic. I found Wayfarer to be an exhilarating read, blowing my expectations far into deep space.