The Dust of Kaku

The Dust of Kaku Cover

Author(s): Julia Huni,
Space Janitor #2
Genre(s): Comedy, Mystery, Romance,
Publisher: IPH Media
Date Pubished: August 8, 2020
227 Pages

The Dust of Kaku Book Review

How should you raise the stakes of a serial killer on a space station? Face off against terrorists that are intent on bombing and mass destruction, of course! Taking place just after the first story in the series, The Vacuum of Space, Trianna is back in college taking a refresher. She’s a genius who didn’t do anything to deserve being assigned the course, so the class is easy and entirely unnecessary. This turns out to be a blessing since she will soon be very distracted anyway.

Kara, Trianna’s best friend and roommate, is back in college as well. She isn’t there as punishment though, she’s working on qualifications to use new technology in her cosmetology career. Being able to flesh out the characters around Trianna is an excellent addition to the fascinating world Huni has built. She also is Trianna’s companion on this adventure, often complicating matters.

Two things really separate this book from The Vacuum of Space: it’s set on a planet, not a space station, and it has more action. It turns out, Trianna would vacation on Kaku while growing up. As an adult, she reenacts a few of her more exhilarating exploits on the way to her family vacation house. But the real action when she reaches her vacation house and not all is at it seems. She quickly hacks into her own home and discovers terrorists have taken it over. What’s more, the terrorists have tied up her maybe-boyfriend in the house! So, of course, she has to interfere and try to save the day.

I really appreciate Huni’s world-building in this series, especially the technology she continues to introduce. It’s futuristic but still believable. New additions in this book are varied. It includes an Elon Musk-like hyperloop transportation system, self-driving floating cars, and true ranged stun guns. Huni also introduced temporary cosmetics in this story, allowing people to change almost anything about their body, including skin, hair, and eye color.

Trianna and Ty’s relationship also evolves. They obviously like each other, but Trianna is incredibly insecure and constantly worried Ty is cheating. It’s all typical and fairly predictable romantic tropes. But how many different ways can you write romance? The story is carried based on its unique plot, not its romantic entanglements. It’s just another layer to this comedy thriller.

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