Dystopian Science Fiction
This science fiction novella is listed under the ‘dystopian’ tag. However, it contains the currently essential ingredient, hope, so leaves the reader in an uplifted mood after a journey through some pretty dire times.
It’s a well-written piece, with very few editing needs. Most importantly (to me, anyway) it’s easy to empathise with the characters. There’s a hint of romance, no sex, but a developing friendship that gives the impression of further growth.
As is often the case, this has the appearance of an introductory book to a possible series, but it reads well as a stand-alone story so, contrary to what often happens, the reader is left with a satisfactory ending, hinting at the potential for future stories.
I enjoyed its fast pace, which, interspersed with passages that describe the worlds, locations, and some of the science, in enough detail to inform without boring the reader, makes it a page-turner.
As a scifi writer, I don’t agree with all the futurist conclusions. My view of potential futures is entirely different. But the societies and worlds here remain plausible. And I’m willing to ignore a couple of plot holes as the story is told in a way that allows the reader to skirt over such details.
This is a story of betrayal, loyalty, dictatorship, abused power, love and hope. The denouement builds rapidly and ends in a conclusion that is the only logical and positive outcome of the preceding action.
I enjoyed the read and I expect most who love distant future tales set in space and on other planets will find this an engaging tale.
I wrote this review based on an advance reading copy the author sent me.
[Any review is a personal opinion. No reviewer can represent the view of anyone else. The best we can manage is an honest reaction to any given book.]