Author: Mur Lafferty
Fiction > Adult > Science Fiction
Fiction > Adult > Mystery
Fiction > Adult > Thriller
Published/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by Orbit
Format Read In: Audiobook
Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…
My Review [SPOILERS AHEAD]
TW: suicide, descriptions of gore and blood, use of torture
A murder mystery in space? Hell yeah. This cover is really awesome, and does a great job showing how isolated the characters are.
What I Liked
- Hiro was definitely my favourite character! I loved his optimism and humour in the face of horrible tragedy and a possible murderer.
- Joanna, the doctor, was also a great character! She was tough but easily the most compassionate.
- The world is set in the future where scientists are able to genetically modify people or even memories. At some point, people who can hack someone’s genetic code are seen as the worst of the worst, although they continue to do their work underground. I thought the world-building was well thought out and totally horrifying at the same time.
- I ended up shipping Hiro and Maria by the end and they actually kiss so points for me!
- While Maria didn’t engage me much as a character, I felt bad for her whenever she was manipulated by the people around her to do their bidding. I can appreciate her morals and her incredible intelligence.
- I really disliked Sally but she was a strong villain.
- The truth behind the murders wasn’t surprising; you could piece it together eventually if you tried. But I liked the answer and thought it fit well with the themes in the novel.
- What was surprising was learning about who everyone really was. That was interesting!
What I Didn’t Like
- In terms of the audiobook narrator (who was the actual author), I didn’t quite like her rendition as she didn’t use different voices so I was often confused about who was talking.
- One of my favourite tropes of sci-fi novels set in space is the AI that starts of robotic and eventually learns to be more human. IAN, the AI in the novel, doesn’t have that feature–he already starts off so human. The reason for this is revealed later but that bummed me out.
- Despite liking the world-building, the whole thing with Hiro and the trigger inside in his brain didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and I don’t think it was well explained.
This was a fun listen, with an engaging mystery that actually pays off but most of the characters weren’t very memorable and there were parts of the story that just missed the mark for me. Despite being an average read, I wish this novel was a part of a series!
My Rating: 3.5/5
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