Book Review: A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson

Three teens wake on a spaceship with no clue how they got there and have to try to figure out how to get home as strange things keep happening. But on the journey, despite struggling with missing home and a traumatic past, Noa finds himself falling for DJ.

Book Cover - A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Title: A Complicated Love Story Set in Space
Pages: 462
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


This was, I’d say, more than anything, a thought-provoking story. If you don’t want spoilers, you’re just going to have to trust me. *SPOILER* Without completely explaining things… It brought up questions about what makes us who we are. Is it our memories and experiences? Is it some core, unchangeable personality? Is the person we are, in a sense, always affected or determined by other people? It also touched upon, in a meta sort of way, how characters are treated by writers and readers/viewers, and how it can be especially problematic when those “characters” are actually real people. *END SPOILER*

I loved how imperfect the main character was. He was selfish sometimes. He would get lost in his own problems and forget others had problems too—the same problems even, since they were all stuck on a spaceship together. He pushed people away. Sometimes he was a jerk. But he wasn’t a bad person. Just scarred by his past. Just scared. Just struggling.

The romance was sweet. And the title was quite accurate! This was indeed a complicated love story set in space.

Even though this book had some serious, bittersweet, thought-provoking elements, it never got too dark or heavy. There was even some humor.

The plot was one of those mysterious ones that keeps you guessing, waiting for the big reveal. I kept coming up with theories, then things would get weirder, and I’d come up with new ones. It turned out my original theory was partly correct, but the real answer was far more wild than I could’ve guessed. On the one hand, I like a wild reveal! But on the other hand…

What I disliked was that a lot of questions were left unanswered. I guess they weren’t as important as the actual story and what was happening to the characters and the growth they had, but as the reader, I would’ve liked to know some things. There were some things that required a lot of suspension of disbelief, and we didn’t even get a hint of explanation for them.

Overall though, this was a kinda fun, kinda bittersweet, thought-provoking story. Maybe give it a try if you like sweet teenage romance, a bit of action, a lot of mystery, imperfect characters, and gays in space!

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook via TTS*


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  1. Greg

    I love the title! And this “wake up on a spaceship with no clue how they got there”

    I mean, yes please 🙂

    I like it when things get weird, too, although a little goes a long way maybe. Open endings or not getting all the information can be tricky, though. Interesting too about the spoiler- I like it when those kinda questions are raised!