Maybe it's because I'm so sick of all politics right now and that colored my opinion of this book but I had a hard time being excited by it.
Earth went through the Collapse four hundred years ago and what's left is the haves and the have-nots - the people living under the umbrella of the United Councils of Earth and then the people not allowed into their elite group who live in the wastelands.
One of the groups, actually a cult, led by an insane zealot somehow gets an airship and launches to meet with a huge exploration vessel that's been quarantined for years, sending ahead a small vanguard to enter and take over the vessel.
The story is told from two viewpoints - Jaswinder "Jas" Bhattacharya, the nephew of a council member and the only survivor rescued originally from the quarantined vessel and then Zahra Dove Lago, one of the vanguard members whose father died on the vessel and was blamed for the virus that supposedly killed the original crew.
The book felt bloated to me. It could have been probably a hundred pages shorter and tightened up and been much better. I did like the two protagonists of the story and felt they were fleshed out but there was a dearth of details about other characters and a lack of details about the different settings the book occurs in.
So, it was okay. Not terrible but not outstanding either. It's a sci fi/horror tale that could have used beefing up on both genres.
- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (9 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1984803697
- ISBN-13: 978-1984803696
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 426 g
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