Blog Tour Review by Ellen: Far From The Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

Hello everyone,

Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Far From The Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down.

Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson is the author of THE WORMWOOD TRILOGY winner of the 2019 Arthur C. Clarke (ROSEWATER) and Nommo Awards, nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award (ROSEWATER REDEMPTION) and British Science Fiction Association Award (ROSEWATER INSURRECTION). He is also the author of the MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE Books (Shirley Jackson Award finalist, winner of Nommo Award and Prix Julia-Verlanger, nominated for the British Science Fiction Association award, among others) and MAKING WOLF (winner of the Golden Tentacle Award). Several of his works have been optioned for screen adaptation, including the short story THE APOLOGISTS. Born in London to Yoruba parents, he is a medical doctor who lives and works on the south coast of England where he battles an addiction to books.

The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having travelled light years from home to bring one thousand sleeping souls to safety among the stars.

Some of the sleepers, however, will never wake – and a profound and sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel. Its skeleton crew are forced to make decisions that will have repercussions for all of humanity’s settlements – from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet of Bloodroot, to other far flung systems and indeed Earth itself.

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Far From The Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

Ellen’s Review:

What a book!

I am a casual reader of sci-fi and loved how this book didn’t feel too sciencey or technical for me to understand. Essentially Far From The Light of Heaven is a locked room murder mystery in space and how cool is that!? Throw in some murderous robots, a room full of dismembered carcasses, an impossible wolf and you’re in for a riot of a read!


Michelle (Shell) Campion is a young, newly qualified captain from a family of astronauts, determined to prove herself on the colony ship Ragtime. Of course, everybody knows that a physical captain is NEVER needed as the fail safe AI will take care of the whole journey to the planet Bloodroot and ensure the safety of all on board….you can see what’s coming right?

Shell is woken prematurely from stasis to discover things have gone horribly wrong. There are no longer a thousand sleeping passengers on board, thirty one of them have been literally torn from their slumber and ripped to pieces. That is not the only problem, Ragtime is no longer responding to her orders and appears to have been hacked. Shell’s distress signal is received while she is docked on Lagos and Detective Finn and his AI partner (Salvo) are sent to investigate. An old family friend of Shell’s (Lawrence) and his daughter Joke also travel to the Ragtime to lend a hand.

I LOVED this book so much!! The world building is fantastic and the characters were so varied and interesting. I admired Shell’s determination to safely deliver her passengers to their new planet even though it was obvious from the onset she was viewed as spare part. Finn and Salvo are quite the duo and you can’t help but love Lawrence as the support/father figure. Joke is something else (literally) altogether – part Lambo (alien) and she adds an element of fun and light relief to the novel.


Far From The Light of Heaven is a delightful mix of sci-fi, thriller with a sprinkle of horror thrown in. I’ll let you find out about that wolf for yourselves…


Five stars!

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