by Emma Newman (2015)
From the award-nominated author Emma Newman, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…
This was read as part of the Sword and Laser Podcast June picks. It is also written by the host of the Tea and Jeopardy podcast.
Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.
The book starts well, an interesting premise and well written. It soon becomes apparent that the main device of the story is that the narrator has held back vital information. This will be revealed and its impact on the colony. The problem is that at the halfway mark, little has been revealed and the main character has some problems. And the plot slows to much to sustain interest. I gave up.