The Luminous Dead

The Luminous Dead

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she?d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihi...

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Title:The Luminous Dead
Author:Caitlin Starling
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:B07BJZT8GJ
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Luminous Dead Reviews

  • Bryan Alexander
    May 09, 2019
    The Luminous Dead is a very good combination of extreme physical adventure and emotional relationship-building. The story is very focused. It concerns two people, a caver assigned to sound the depths of an elaborate and deadly cave system, plus her remote guide. The former wears an...
  • Jen (Book Den)
    Mar 31, 2019
    I absolutely loved The Luminous Dead. It's so rare for me to pick up a book, be immediately hooked, and stay that way through the entirety of the novel. The Luminous Dead is 432 pages, and I would have had no problem reading it in one sitting if life wasn't in the way. Even with life I...
  • Matthew Galloway
    Apr 14, 2019
    This book really checked all the boxes for me -- isolated person trying to survive a dangerous environment, alien environments, creeping paranoia... And I would say for three quarters (or maybe a bit more) I was utterly hooked. Before I go on, I want to say that yes, I think you sh...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Mar 28, 2019
    Words flashed up on her cracked screen. DON'T SPEAK Gyre choked down the faint, nascent sound that threatened to leak from her throat. The words on her screen disappeared, and were replaced with: IT HEARD THE SINGING. IT DOESN'T LIKE HUMAN VOICES I won this book via Good...
  • carol.
    Jan 05, 2019
    Totally Unauthorized Review* It was very good, just the sort of read I wanted. Read it if you enjoy survival stories, or caving, or psychological mysteries where people are unreliable, conflicted, and determined. I read for three reasons: --A certain unnamed good friend stro...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 20, 2019
    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/31/... The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling is a story about two women who have more in common than either of them would like to admit, but by the time they realize how much they mean to each other, it might alre...
  • Kameron Hurley
    Jan 01, 2019
    My blurb: "A masterful, nail-biting thriller from an extraordinary talent. Meticulously researched, expertly paced, with yearning, self-destructive heroines whose incredible physical and emotional journies will leave you breathless." This book was exactly what I hoped it would be! ...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
    Nov 19, 2018
    I want to begin this review by pointing out the fact that I'm a sucker for books with this kind of theme. The plot of THE LUMINOUS DEAD is one that takes place on a planet rich in mineral deposits and a "caver" is exploring one such location while also possibly being stalked deep withi...
  • Fiona
    Apr 02, 2019
    The blurb compares The Luminous Dead to The Martian, Gravity, and Annihilation. The first two are fine, if the only criteria is "lone person in space-ish survival situation", which is to say not that similar at all. Annihilation is closer for the overall feel of unease, and lack of tru...
  • Tammie
    Mar 10, 2019
    The Luminous Dead, a science fiction/horror book, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main character Gyre, a caver, who is desperate to earn money to find her missing mother. Gyre is hired by a private mining company to map mineral deposits in a cave off planet and thus the ...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Apr 08, 2019
    Well... Half the time Gyre is mad at Em, or blaming Em, or wondering at how she doesn't feel like blaming Em. What's with all the blame? Em... Her being blamed during half the book for a number of disastrous expeditions, makes little sense. Yes, she has some (un)specific goals but d...
  • Unabridged Bibliophile
    Feb 19, 2019
    ARC provided by Harper Collins for review. ...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    May 17, 2019
    3.5 Stars The best word to describe this novel is claustrobic. Blending together science fiction with elements of light horror, this story offers an atmospheric, yet gripping, reading experience. Most of this story involves the ongoing conversation between the caver and her myster...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Apr 06, 2019
    TW: Claustrophobia, paranoia Gyre Price needs cash. She needs to get off-world. And the best way to do this is by cave-diving?and she's found the perfect expedition. Great equipment. Decent contract. High pay-out. So what if she fudged her experience a little? She knows how to cli...
  • Emily
    Nov 13, 2018
    like if the martian and annihilation got freaky in a cave with queer women!!! ...
  • Emily
    Feb 16, 2019
    The Luminous Dead is a sci-fi horror novel, which is not usually something I'm drawn to. The synopsis of this one was so damn captivating that I had to give it a chance, and I'm so glad that I did! I loved this book, and tore through it since I had to know what was going on. I have ...
  • Chris Berko
    Apr 07, 2019
    A solid four star read for me, if somewhat repetitive, until the end which was sort of a disappointment, so I have to give it a three. I haven't read the Martian so can't speak knowledgeably about that comparison and the only way it reminded me of Annihilation was the underwhelming con...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Jan 25, 2019
    This review can also be found on my blog! CW: parental death, death, parental abandonment, claustrophobia and some violence I legit ended this book thinking that Like I said a while ago, sci-fi isn?t always a genre I gravitate towards. I typically enjoy it, but I don?...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Apr 17, 2019
    3.25 stars This had a great premise. A cave diver Gyre lies about her qualifications to get a diving job that will pay her enough to get her off her home planet. She thinks she is going to be part of a team, but discovers that she is going to be doing this alone. Her only contact is...
  • Rachel
    May 16, 2019
    4.5 This book is AWESOME! The Luminous Dead is about Gyre, a girl on a distant planet that is exploring a cave with the assistance of Em, who at the beginning of the story is just a voice helping Gyre get safely through the cave. As Gyre gets further along on her assignment things s...
  • Justine
    Apr 08, 2019
    Very close to a 4 star read for me. This is a great pick if you like survival stories with the edge of a pschological thriller. It's well written and easy to follow even if you know nothing at all about climbing and cave diving (me, I know only a little). Coincidentally, I recent...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Mar 14, 2019
    When I was reading this, I was seriously thinking that it feels like a (100% queerer) version of Annhilation crossed with something like Sandra Bullock?s Gravity? and then I saw that was the official comp! So I apparently wasn?t alone in thinking that. I?d heard a lot of pos...
  • Cillian
    Dec 12, 2018
    The synopsis is great, but there's a huge fucking spoiler tucked in. When you give away something that happens after the 50% mark, you're spoiling. Make that a rule. ...
  • The Bookavid
    Oct 26, 2018
    I'll be honest. I have a hard time with books that have very limited settings and work a lot with internal monologue to establish setting and mood rather than action. THE LUMINOUS DEAD is pretty much the prose version of a chamber play. In space. With aliens. And corpses. And gay girls...
  • Dave
    Feb 25, 2019
    Warning! Do not attempt to read this book if you are claustrophobic. Do not attempt to read it if your skin crawls in terror from being trapped in small places. Both in its setting and thematically, the Luminous Dead is a narrowly-focused tightly-drawn Story. From Jules Verne to Burrou...
  • Emily A. Duncan
    Mar 24, 2018
    I?m never going into a cave EVER IN MY LIFE. ...
  • Dennis
    Apr 04, 2019
    Possible review to come, depending on if I think it's worth it?but I wasn't a fan. ...
  • Tucker
    Apr 30, 2019
    Many thanks to for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review DNF at.. I don't even know. Life is too short to waste time on books that aren't capturing my interest. It's not you, book; It's me. Just kidding. It's totally you | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | ...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    Apr 22, 2019
    4 stars! What an unexpected find! Technically a science fiction novel, The Luminous Dead reads like a mystery/thriller diverse survivalist tale with doses of speculative elements and psychological intrigue. Also, lots of caves. Caves on caves. Concept: ????? Spook Fact...
  • Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
    May 07, 2019
    "A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation . . . " Nah, I beg to differ. Only two characters appear in the entire story. One is a spelunker in an alien cavern, the other's her guide and handler along the...