You know when you’re reading a book and it feels like the perfect book you could be reading at that particular time? I think this was the perfect book for this holiday. Maybe it would have been perfect no matter what the time or place, but for some reason I had some resonance with the universe to be utterly tickled by a novel
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.
So instead of giving last minute Christmas ideas for the books I’ve read this year, I’m going to give the top 5 series to introduce the sci-fi and fantasy fans in your life. Because why only enjoy one book when you can enjoy many!
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.
For those of you familiar with Eurovision, the plot is basically a galactic version of the terrible/wonderful spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest. Instead of deciding what beings are sentient, newly found species have to compete in the contest or have their entire species eradicated from existence. Pretty ridiculous.