Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi's vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. Read more...
Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi's vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.
Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.
The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-05
- Reviewer: Staff
This heartbreaking adventure is a tragedy of science and faith. Renata Ren Ghali followed her lover, Lee Suh-Mi, on a voyage to the stars with 1,000 other colonists. They found a new world, but Suh-Mi went into the alien structure known as Gods City, and she never came back. In the 22 years since, Ren has contented herself with her work as a technician. She lives at the foot of Gods City and seeks balance between her secret torments and the colonys needs. That delicate collection of compromises is shattered by the arrival of Suh-Mis grandson, whose existence could reveal the web of lies that has held the colony together. Newman (The Split Worlds) begins with the high stakes of a new colony and raises the risk to every human life as events unfold. She carefully manages her pacing until events make each revelation as inevitable as it is destructive. The unfurling of Gods Citys reason for summoning the interstellar travelers is heightened by the illogic and desperation that threatens the colonists from the start. Ren is obsessed with repairing every broken object. The first thing Gods City breaks is promises, leaving Ren responsible for solving a mystery that has only borne regret and death as its alien fruit. Agent: Jennifer Udden, Donald Maass Literary. (Nov.)