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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.
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”.
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.