Pulstar I – The Swan Barely Remembers (Pulstar Book One) by Giancarlo Roversi Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Three strangers must remember a shared past of a previous life and the connection they share before an ancient evil rises to wreak havoc on humanity in author Giancarlo Roversi’s “Pulstar 1 – The Swan Barely Remembers”, the first book in the Pulstar series. 


The Synopsis

Three strangers who share a forgotten past confront a vengeance they incited when their bodies weren’t human.

In Astralvia, a nation on the brink, astronomer Jeral Murh’s life is in limbo.

She’s woken from a coma with fresh memories and is certain of two things:

Her past actions are already haunting her present.

She is not entirely human.

She must abscond from Astralvia before an ancient enemy wreaks revenge. Everything is against her. Also, she must find Aris Castilho, her former ally, and make him remember what they once meant to each other. She can’t leave without him.

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Will she find Aris and convince him of their common past?

Will they reach Esther, their third ally?

Time is short … the ultimate reckoning is coming … and it’s unthinkable, indescribable—the worst thing that can happen to any human being.

Find out the fate of this trio of allies in this puzzling sci-fi thriller, where the stunning ending is just the beginning. Get ready to reflect on your place in the cosmos, your raison d’être, and what being human actually means.

Riddled with mystery, suspense, and a smattering of romance, Pulstar I: The Swan Barely Remembers is the enigmatic and addictive first installment in the Pulstar trilogy; although you can also read it as a stand-alone novel. It took over ten years to make and has a soundtrack in production. Watch out for books 2 and 3, due for publication this year.

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The Review

This was a compelling and captivating sci-fi dystopian read. The author found a great balance in world-building with powerful thematic storytelling. The almost ethereal atmosphere the narrative took on and the imagery in the author’s writing style really brought this universe to life so perfectly, showcasing a future for mankind amongst the stars and the way the past impacts the present and the future all at once. 

To me, the heart of this narrative rested in the character development and the powerful themes the author explores in this book, for they both develop off of one another in a complimentary way. Jeral especially has such a great arc, both in her past life that leads to this conflict and the earth-bound life she had before her emergence occurred. The confrontation with her Earth mother and the mystery behind her sister’s disappearance play a major role in this story, and yet it is the theme of what it means to be human that has such an impact on this cast of characters, especially Jeral, for questions of science and spirituality come to a head in this futuristic world and the cliffhanger ending ensures that the cosmos will never be the same as this powerful force is unleashed.

The Verdict

Memorable, captivating, and entertaining, author Giancarlo Roversi’s “Pulstar I – The Swan Barely Remembers” is a must-read dystopian sci-fi and grand first entry into a brand new series. The twists and turns of the narrative, as well as the very cinematic approach to the storytelling and the spiritual and moral themes the author touches upon through these characters, add a philosophical aspect to this narrative that will keep readers eager for more. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Venezuela-born Giancarlo Roversi isn’t only a writer. He’s also a computer engineer and a musician who shared stages with artists such as REM, Oasis, Travis, Duran Duran, and Maroon Five.

When his band Fractaler broke up in 2011, he devoted the next ten years to cue the Pulstar Trilogy and three prequels in that universe.

He surrendered his personal life and wrote these manuscripts in his native language, Spanish, and then he translated them into English. He also composed a soundtrack for each book; they’re currently in production.

When he’s not living and breathing in his Pulstarverse, he loves family time, cooking, astronomy, animals, and having philosophical discussions—especially about the meaning of life—with anyone who cares to join him.

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