Review: The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

Author: Ness Brown
Publisher: Tor Nightfire
Released: April 4, 2023
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

Book Summary:

Jacklyn Albright shouldn’t be in the position to be the acting captain of the Calypso, yet here we are. The Calypso is one of several ships limping home to Earth – where they hope to find a better home than what they left.

The trip has been long (literally centuries) and challenging. Starvation is never far from the mind, and the crew is feeling fractious. Naturally, that is only the beginning of what is to come. For there are monsters in the walls, and they are waking up.

My Review:

Holy cow. They were NOT kidding when they called The Scourge Between Stars a claustrophobic horror novella. It’s dark, gritty, and very much not afraid to show us how vulnerable human beings are.

This book gave me chills. Even from the beginning, I was trying to prepare myself for how bad this could go (let’s be honest – horror stories on ships rarely end well for humans). There are a lot of familiar vibes woven into this narrative, such as “things in the wall,” space opera elements, and even some monster horror elements. It made for a fun and quick read.

I’ll admit I struggled at first to get into this story. Mainly I was put off by how Jacklyn reacted to one of the androids on the ship. That said, this was clearly just establishing a metric for character growth. I liked Jacklyn so much by the end.

The storytelling style makes it easy to picture the setting and events, which adds to the chill factor. Long story short, The Scourge Between Stars is absolutely worth the read!


  • Science Fiction with Strong Horror Elements
  • Claustrophobic Horror
  • There’s Something In the Walls
  • Debut Author

Trigger Warnings:

  • Gore
  • Familial Death

Thanks to Tor Nightfire and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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3 Responses to Review: The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

  1. Ooo, this is high up on my tbr! So glad you enjoyed it. I like my scifi with a little horror mixed in so I think I’m really gonna love this one. Thanks for reviewing!

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    • Something about the combination of sci-fi (specifically space) and horror is just so perfect! I’m always searching for my next read like it. If you’re like me, then you’ve gotta give this one a try!

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      • Right! I just love space horror to pieces, probably because I loved all the Alien movies. Yeah, I already checked my library and they have it! I just gotta catch on my TBR some more before I can give it a go. I also really liked The Last Astronaut if you needed a rec for space horror.

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