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Empty of Nothing is a different beast from the Constellis Voss trilogy. It's an introspective look into a neurodivergent mind, embracing that their understanding of the world is different but not wrong. To the contrary, the author extolls that neurodivergence as a path to truth and perhaps liberation from the restrictions of a binary world. It's a very thorough exploration of a perspective often poorly understood by neurotypicals (including myself!).

It's a really great story to read after finishing the trilogy. It will get you to go back to Color Theory and start reading the original books all over again. Even without the preceding story's context, it's still a good mindtrip and exploration of neurodivergence but reading the whole trilogy beforehand makes it a real treat, especially as a prequel.

A Climactic, Shocking Conclusion

This is it. Our cast of misfits is stretched to their absolute limit. The truth is finally laid bare. All hell is breaking loose and it's up to Alex and company to make things right. But can they overcome the hatred and injustice of the past? There is a spark of hope, yes. But can our heroes grab it? Can they fix this? Kira Leigh brings things to a worthy, showstopping end, leaving the audience wanting more.

The Saga Continues

The next chapter of Constellis Voss continues right where Color Theory left off with a BANG. As we decipher the characters' actions via Pattern Recognition, we see more of the big picture. Revelations strip away any pretense of coincidence as the machinations of another come to light. And with those revelations, superpowers! You will continue to fall in love with the quirky cast of characters as they are put through their biggest trials yet. Kira Leigh truly gets to have his cake and eat it too while deftly building to the unavoidable climax on the horizon.

A Taste of Things To Come

Color Theory is a perfect introduction to the world of Constellis Voss. A simple story of an awesome android, half-baked revolutions, and familiar faces that insinuates much much more. The theme of Color Theory is not immediately apparent, but it becomes a cipher to understand what's lying under the surface. An excellent novel, great characters, and interesting themes that reflect the author's well-found concerns of mankind's current trajectory.

A Triumphant, Technicolor Beacon Through The Dark

Constellis Voss is the masterful product of an author wrestling with internal and external demons, who emerges victorious. What initially seems like a slick sci-fi novel in Volume 1 evolves into something much more complicated, exciting, devastating, but ultimately hopeful by the end of Volume 3.

We as readers are given ciphers to glimpse into what is really happening. With Volume 1, it's color theory. With Volume 2, it's pattern recognition. Then, with all those tools at our disposal, all is revealed for the Reformat in Volume 3. It's a story where each new revelation chips away at the deceptive facade until the truth is laid bare; where you see the truth and can look back and see that it was all there from the very start. Every detail is part of a grand plan orchestrated by Kira Leigh.

The character building is top notch. Kira makes it so easy to fall in love with his characters flaws and all. As each one enters the stage, the story is enriched. As they discover more of themselves, they come into higher resolution. As they find power, they spring into vivid, distinct colors. You will most certainly find a character you identify with because the cast is richly diverse in a thoughtful way.

Constellis Voss is a balancing act that is perfectly executed. Indulgences in cool anime cyberpunk action and half-cocked revolutions based on bravado are offset by trauma and societal oppression. There is darkness but there is light and hope. There are clear eyed, sobering glimpses into what our current reality can fall towards, but Kira's defiant response via his characters' actions opposes and rejects all of that.

Constellis Voss is art in the truest sense of the word. It has a clear message, driven deliberately by the passionate words and constructs of its creator: for people to love themselves, to be good to others, and to be awesome. It's a book trilogy that I hope many people read to get them through dark times like these. It's a call for community and solidarity to overcome greed, pride, and cynicism. CV proclaims that our destiny is in our own hands, all of our hands, and it's up to us to make a dark world brighter.

A Climactic, Shocking Conclusion

This is it. Our cast of misfits is stretched to their absolute limit. The truth is finally laid bare. All hell is breaking loose and it's up to Alex and company to make things right. But can they overcome the hatred and injustice of the past? There is a spark of hope, yes. But can our heroes grab it? Can they fix this? Kira Leigh brings things to a worthy, showstopping end, leaving the audience wanting more.

My Constelis Voss review from Aurealis #151

Colour Theory is the debut novella of K Leigh, an autistic trans-masculine sci-fi
writer from Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The story is about an android with a
mysterious human past living on a fascist generation ship.
The book is fast-paced and kaleidoscopic. Reading it feels very much like being
dropped mid-season into a sci-fi cartoon or TV show from the 90s, while the story
refuses to subscribe to the heteronormativity and unselfconscious regurgitation of
genre tropes and character archetypes that often coloured fiction from that era.
It makes you feel nostalgic for a story that you’ve never heard, or a time that
didn’t actually exist. This approach to media is common for songwriters in the
contemporary hyperpop genre, whose music tends to evoke a set of sounds and
images from the popular culture of an earlier era (most likely the 80s, 90s, or the early
2000s), then mixes them up with newer, or more politically subversive sounds or
images to create a queer, compelling hybrid.

But you don’t see this hybrid, nostalgic approach in literature as much. K Leigh
uses it to great effect in this story, which doesn’t focus as much on the narrative, but
more on the emotions and psychology of its protagonists, while shamelessly deriving
its aesthetic influences from our cultural understanding of what popular (and populist)
media says is ‘space opera’.
The technology is more of a backdrop for the characters and their relationships,
and gets a little messier towards the end.
But the story never stops being visually dynamic or compelling. The hints about
the underlying narrative and wider universe that Leigh builds in his future books are
fascinating too. Readers on the autism spectrum will probably feel most at home here,
but anyone prepared to sink into the setting and trust the vibe to carry them along will
most likely enjoy their time with this novel.

Colorful, Chaotic, and Beautifully Disjointed

I didn't know what I was getting into when I first started Constelis Voss vol. 1: Color Theory. I was bewildered and confused, deliberately so by the author, just like Alex starts out. Everything was new and unknown and almost incomprehensible for the both of us, and I immediately felt a kinship with the snarky android from the future-past based on this mutual misunderstanding of the world he found himself in and I found myself rapturously following. Slowly things started clicking in place for the both of us by the middle of the book, connections both metaphorical and literal solidifying before our very eyes. It's not an understatement that it felt like I was reading the book almost in real time. Everything flows seamlessly and effortlessly with its own perfect internal logic, and once you start to settle into the ebb and flow of said logic it's hard to let it go.

Each successive volume of the trilogy brings you not just more of the same but more of itself, like adding more instruments to harmonize with a song. Each added layer making the previous deeper and more thought-provoking in retrospect. By the end of the series I looked at the first pages with entirely new eyes, able to pick out details that I had never thought to focus on; previously innocuous things were now jumping out at me, leaping out in my mind as if to say "you fool! How could not have seen this before?!". Its a testament to the skill and raw, burning passion of the author to have made something so beautifully complex and wonderfully sublime.

Masterful writing, leaves me hopeful for more.

I wondered how the author, K. Leigh, would grasp the fervent pace of the previous 2 instalments and throttle it forthwith into something extraordinary....and by gee CV3 delivers more than I could have imagined! Possibly the fastest & clearest example of a penultimate series ender I've encountered. CV3 is incredibly complex and yet so beautifully concise in wrapping up loose ends that had left me wondering. Masterful writing, leaves me hopeful for more.

Gorgeous in Every Color

Constelis Voss is beautiful.

Trust the author.

This story is a puzzle and asks the reader to assemble it. The pieces are all there, slowly doled out.

Get all three books and read them as a whole. Do not go in expecting a whole complete story in book 1, these are structured more similarly to a three-part manga than other traditional novels.

Color is a major theme of the work, and K paints outstandingly vivid images that leap off the page and animate themselves. Who needs an animation studio?

A meditation on Society and Community, how they're different, and how we're leaving Community behind despite its necessity.

The work is a dialogue and invites the reader to interpret certain elements for themselves rather than stating definitively How Things Are

Unlearning is Arduous but Worth It

Empty of Nothing is mindfucky cyberpunk weirdness, and that's what you should love about it.

Whether you're a robot, a program, or a human, we all deal with garbage data. We can only create things with what we have and what we've learned. Garbage in, garbage out. That's all the harder to deal with when you feel EVERYTHING.

Find meaning along with our protagonists as they seek to understand a nonsensical system and realize that they're not the ones who are broken, in this prequel to the stunning trilogy Constelis Voss.

Absolutely brilliant

As the story progresses Leigh gives little tidbits of the characters and the life they had before Constelis Voss. I’m internally screaming to final see the picture that Leigh has painted; mainly interested in Alex’s back story. Hoping to at least glimpse into the sexy, badass, war machines dark past. I definitely can’t wait to see how our little bird brings his tantalizing tale to a close.

I’d give it a standing ovation if only it was a real space opera

I give ultimate praise to Leigh for giving the world the masterpiece known as The Constelis Voss Trilogy. The cast is dynamic and never strayed from their personal stance on social issues. Leigh orchestrated a beautiful disaster known as real life. I like how things ended in a realistic way instead of a false reality. Leigh definitely tells the world some happily ever afters aren’t what we expect them to be or how we want them to turn out. Sometimes we need to see that the choices we make have consequences that we must live with. Though not all consequences are dire, some just provide us with a lesson to reflect on. I’m eager for more in the Constelis Voss universe in the future.

I’d give it a standing ovation if only it was a real space opera

I give ultimate praise to Leigh for giving the world the masterpiece known as The Constelis Voss Trilogy. The cast is dynamic and never strayed from their personal stance on social issues. Leigh orchestrated a beautiful disaster known as real life. I like how things ended in a realistic way instead of a false reality. Leigh definitely tells the world some happily ever afters aren’t what we expect them to be or how we want them to turn out. Sometimes we need to see that the choices we make have consequences that we must live with. Though not all consequences are dire, some just provide us with a lesson to reflect on. I’m eager for more in the Constelis Voss universe in the future.

An epic conclusion to a grand trilogy

Constelis Voss Vol. 3 had me at the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. I’d give it a standing ovation if only it was a real space opera. For now I give ultimate praise to Leigh for giving the world the masterpiece known as The Constelis Voss Trilogy. The cast is dynamic and never strayed from their personal stance on social issues. Leigh orchestrated a beautiful disaster known as real life. I like how things ended in a realistic way instead of a false reality. Leigh definitely tells the world some happily ever afters aren’t what we expect them to be or how we want them to turn out. Sometimes we need to see that the choices we make have consequences that we must live with. Though not all consequences are dire, some just provide us with a lesson to reflect on. I’m eager for more in the Constelis Voss universe in the future.

Awesome read

I totally rec this book. This book is amazing. I’m what people call and otaku so I read manga on a daily basis. Constelis Voss made me feel like I was reading a manga except with out the drawings. The detail is so vivid and clear. It’s a LGBTQ+, sci-fi, technological dystopian society, blast from the past, space opera.

Amazing detail

This book is amazing. I’m what people call and otaku so I read manga on a daily basis. Constelis Voss made me feel like I was reading a manga except with out the drawings. The detail is so vivid and clear. Alex definitely hits hard to home for me. Abusive relationships aren’t as easy to get out of as some might think. But he’s got a fighting spirit and isn’t about to give up. I’m excited to jump right in to volume 2. Leigh has definitely written a masterpiece with this series.

This series is truly mind-bending

This series is truly mind-bending. The ending was perfectly executed, yet I still did not see it coming. The mark of a great storyteller is their ability to craft a believable story that is not too predictable. Volume three is interspersed with portraits of the main characters created by the author. Each character is given a final examination, one last chance to truly shine on the page. It was a fitting goodbye to a cast that I have grown to love – though it should be noted it isn’t a final goodbye, Leigh has many side stories that connect to the universe of Constelis Voss. Story aside, the world of Constelis Voss is beautiful. From Tyr’s surreal artificial paradise to the lush Greens where a false sun beams down, each scene is painted vividly for the reader. It is a delicate dance between narrative and environment that K. Leigh has mastered. I am looking forward to reading more from this groundbreaking author. Read more of this review here: https://nikolasglass.substack.com/p/constelis-voss-3-reformat-review

This series is truly mind-bending

This series is truly mind-bending. The ending was perfectly executed, yet I still did not see it coming. The mark of a great storyteller is their ability to craft a believable story that is not too predictable. Volume three is interspersed with portraits of the main characters created by the author. Each character is given a final examination, one last chance to truly shine on the page. It was a fitting goodbye to a cast that I have grown to love – though it should be noted it isn’t a final goodbye, Leigh has many side stories that connect to the universe of Constelis Voss. Story aside, the world of Constelis Voss is beautiful. From Tyr’s surreal artificial paradise to the lush Greens where a false sun beams down, each scene is painted vividly for the reader. It is a delicate dance between narrative and environment that K. Leigh has mastered. I am looking forward to reading more from this groundbreaking author. Read more of this review here: https://nikolasglass.substack.com/p/constelis-voss-3-reformat-review

More Human than Humans

First of all I received a free copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers. Although it was clear the characters were androids I often forgot that as they were so individual in their personalities. I loved the way they interacted with each other. I felt the color insertion was a bit strained at times. It almost seemed like the author was artificially trying to put a color wherever it could be inserted. Other than that I might read the next volume just to see what happens to the characters.

Phenomenal work of storytelling.

Leigh’s first volume of Constelis Voss set the scene and established the world of his characters. It felt hazy and hard to follow, but I intuited that it was intentional. Pattern Recognition confirms my theory – the more the author unveils, the more I retroactively understand. It is a phenomenal work of storytelling.

As Alex’s crew discovers they are not entirely human, they also find they possess powers. Maya can stop time, Polly’s screams are super-sonic, and Henry can interface with the ship and control other androids. Leigh’s anime-inspiration shines through in over-the-top action sequences told in stunning detail. Constelis Voss is an ambitious series, and I look forward to reading the next installment. Read more of this review here: https://nikolasglass.substack.com/p/constelis-voss-2-pattern-recognition

Vox Anime God canvas

Beautiful canvas, shipping was super quick and I plan on collecting the rest of the cast art when funds allow.

As glorious as you think it is

If you're reading this, you should definitely get it. You can save money on something else :) Read the trilogy while wearing this.

A beautiful, poetic introduction

Leigh’s first installment of Constelis Voss is a beautiful, poetic introduction to a world foreign yet familiar. Interludes by the narrator, an unknown omniscient first-person, speak directly to the reader. The fourth-wall break is not overused – it’s just enough to create a sense of unease and further confuse the mystery surrounding the protagonists. I look forward to reading the second volume of Constelis Voss, to discover more of the ‘space opera’ style world K. Leigh has created. Read more of this review here: https://nikolasglass.substack.com/p/constelis-voss-1-colour-theory-review

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