The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Child neglect & abandonment
  • Claustrophobia
  • Hallucinations & delusions
  • Nonconsensual administrations of drugs & medical treatment
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injury & illness
  • Dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Needles
  • Surgery
  • Hospital mentioned
  • Death from starvation
  • Amputation & loss of limb
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother & father recounted
  • Death from a fall
  • Drowning
  • Cave disasters
  • Loss of bodily autonomy
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