Afternoon Delight: Zero Flux by Carol Van Natta

Posted November 25, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: Zero Flux by Carol Van Natta
Zero Flux

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Series: Central Galactic Concordance #2.5
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Chavanch Press
Released on September 20, 2015
Pages: 69
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

I was stoked to see this tweenie follow-up story to Overload Flux spotlighting Luka and Mairwen once again.  They are back on Luka’s icy homeworld to solve a cold case with his old mentor knowing more than he lets on.


Zero Flux comes between Mind Rising and Pico’s Crush in the series order, but really it can be read any time after book one, Overload Flux.

Zero Flux jumps right into the situation with some detail of the culture and politics of the homeworld Luka gladly left behind.  This was a quick read and more short story than novella so it got to point with not as much story development as one gets used to in the main books in the series.  That said, I was more than happy to be back with Luka and Mairwen as a cold case warms up and danger threatens.  There was a little work on the murder and a little exploration for the pair of lovers who are tied by love, but neither has said the words or pushed for them.  I felt the situation with Luka’s homeworld connection was actually less defined and then realized that this made sense the way things were.

I love this pair so I was only disappointed because I wanted longer time with them and see them continue working on their investigations and navigating a world of secrets that they must keep.  It was a nice interlude that fans will enjoy.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

I agree as long as you read this one after Overload Flux it won’t be confusing. I also had fun with this novella and spending some more time with Luka and Mairwen. They are still one of my favorite couples from this series. I also would’ve liked this one to be longer, but overall it was a fun short extra. I see your review of Minder Rising is coming up on the blog soon, will keep an eye out for your review of that one :).

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

And, I just listened to Pico’s Crush, so I can see why it was a good idea to get this one right before it. There’s a spot in the story where this situation comes up and would have made me curious if I hadn’t read this first. 🙂

Carole Rae
3 years ago

Sounds good but the cover is super cheesy

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was a nice little in between story. It is rather a blah cover after the gorgeous jewel tones and people on the novel-length cover. You should see those, Carole. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

The blue ice on the cover did catch my eye as I’m into cold-looking books at the moment for some unknown reason! A mood thing!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL! It’s an ice planet setting and a Viking race. I know the how that mood thing works, Stephanie. 🙂

Tori @InToriLex
3 years ago

novellas can go either way in a series, so I’m happy your still enjoying being immersed in this world with these characters.
Tori @ In Tori Lex

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

This is very true, Tori. I have found this series quite strong whether full length or novella. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I like this cover. I haven’t heard of this series before tho. I will have to check it out. I do love when an author gives us a bit more of a great couple. So this .0 books are fun.


Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I first tried her story in one of the Pets In Space anthos and loved it. Then I decided to listen to the series on audio (well the novellas aren’t on audio yet). I just found out from reading book 3, Pico’s Crush that this couple got some good page time in that one, too. 🙂

herding cats
3 years ago

That’s the only good kind of disappointment. lol Been an age since I read a sci-fi. Might have to get that in 2019 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

I agree. Leave me wanting more and I am happy to be disappointed. 🙂 This is a series that needs to go in order. Start with Overload Flux and if you can, do audio. Nicole Poole is a fabulous narrator. 🙂