Okay, mild rant over. What a delightful book! It was a time-traveller who-dunnit. It starts with the discovery of time travel by four women (yesssss) Barbara, Margaret, Lucille and Grace. However, very soon we are in 2018 where a young woman named Odette discovers the body of someone who has been murdered.
So, it’s the world as we know it, but suddenly people start losing their shadows (yes, physics etc, just go with it). But then they start losing their memories. And because they can’t remember things, they start to misremember things into reality. Like alligators that are the size of cruise ships, guns that fire lightening, or that you can’t actually talk to animals.
This month we talk to Martha Wells, author of the Murderbot Diaries. We also get a potted history of space law by your very own podcast editor.
So the basics are that there’s been a plague that has wiped out almost everyone, there’s a 1 in a million survival rate from this virus. Humanity have spread beyond earth and that’s where we find our main character, Jamie. She’s a vet, living on a settler planet called Solitaire and wakes up, having survived the virus. Jamie gets it into her head that she wants to go back to Earth, to where she grew up, thinking that her ex-partner would be there too
The worst part of reviewing books is trying not to spoil the ever-loving crap out of the plot. Seriously, I was only 100 pages from the end of State Tectonics (the third in the Centenal Cycle by Malka Older) and had no idea what would happen. And I can’t really tell you, because you should totally read this series and I don’t want to ruin it for you.
It’s a bit of a slow start, taking in the changes that have happened, but the tension soon ratchets up quite quickly when a marauding group is heading for the town. The type of group that takes all the children to add to their army and kills everyone else. It’s the end of Sweetwater, if the marauders succeed.
I didn’t intend to stay up to 1230 am an finish Exit Strategy, but I think once you start a Murderbot Diaries novella you are compelled to finish it. Or maybe that’s just me.