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Book Review Of Toxic- A very unique Sci-Fi thriller that dwells on one’s troubling cogitations & showcases brilliancy when it comes to world-building.





Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone – along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn’s sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.


My Review

Behold my heart, cause my universe has just shattered apart! Last year I read and loved The November Girl ( read my review here), so I decided to have Toxic on my most anticipated books to read in 2018, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The world building blew my mind. I think Lydia Kang has an eye for personifying settings, and she does it with such elegance and innovation, that no amount of words could ever suffice to describe it. 

The setting of this story is Cyclo, a dying spaceship in outer place, and the “person”/ship who/that raised Hana. Throughout the book, we get to see how AI could seriously benefit the human race, but also has the ability to eradicate it. This isn’t what the story focuses on, but I do believe that it was an intended subliminal message. Something that a lot of great people have discussed like Stephan Hawking.

Can I also take a moment to appreciate the richness of Asian Rep in this book? I was screaming in joy throughout the moments where Korean heritage and history were being discussed and integrated into the story.

The writing was more than just the icing on the cake, it was the whole dessert. Science geeks are going to love this. The way life is discussed is lyrical, yet geeky. And with the characters feeling lost when it comes to how they view themselves, and what fate they think they deserve, the dialogue creates staggering phrases that reps our thoughts about how we view ourselves and life.

Lydia Kang has spun a very unique Sci-Fi thriller that dwells on one’s troubling cogitations, and showcases brilliancy when it comes to worldbuilding.

I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Till next time,


Did you read Toxic? Have ever picked up anything by Lydia Kang? What is your favorite YA Sci-Fi book?


4 thoughts on “Book Review Of Toxic- A very unique Sci-Fi thriller that dwells on one’s troubling cogitations & showcases brilliancy when it comes to world-building.

  1. Great review Ayah! I read this a while ago whilst I was interning at a publishing house – they were trying to decide whether to publish this book in the UK! Even though I’m not usually a sci-fi person it really sucked me in. 🙂

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