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What does it mean to be human, to be alive? Does leaving Earth behind to make a new start make sense when we take our humanity with us? The characters in this story are all very human and all make very human mistakes.
The plot is very good and the characters well drawn. Occasionally I’d come across a sentence or two that didn’t make sense no matter how often I reread them. I wondered if the author had English as a second language or whether the book was a translation. It would have been helpful to know that the main character was a lesbian before I bought the book. There wasn’t much in regards to she and I skipped it. I don’t like reading sex scenes whether they are heterosexual or homosexual.
This book started out rather poorly as it follows a starship as it makes the journey through one of the portals left in our Solar System to a distant world named Demeter. One of the crew almost died under mysterious circumstances and then one of the passengers did die.
Kal is put in charge of the investigation to determine if a murder was committed and if so who did it. One of the prime suspects is Rai, the ship's computer.
Although the writing was so-so at times the author saves the book as she brings it home in the final quarter of the book with some surprises and a noticeable improvement in her writing.
I am a bit disappointed that the book ended before touchdown on Demeter, but maybe the sequel will fix that.
I started out thinking that this would be another space opera, but that's just a first impression. No aliens, no interstellar combat. Instead, a murder mystery, a psychological drama, and a meditation on artificial intelligence. A bit of light lesbian foreplay and yearning thrown in just for fun.
Lovgren starts out strong and keeps the story moving. The tech is believable, the characters are real and the premise is frightening. Starship to Demeter is a tale well told with enough tension that kept me up a little too late with “just one more chapter”.