Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. Read more...
Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently... Unlock the bold new science fiction thriller that Corey Doctorow call Mur's "breakout book"
- ISBN-13: 9780316389686
- ISBN-10: 0316389684
- Publisher: Orbit
- Publish Date: January 2017
- Page Count: 400
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) takes readers aboard an ill-fated colony ship crewed by criminals in this taut science fiction thriller. Ecological collapse and social and political upheaval have convinced humans to colonize another world: the Earth-like planet Artemis, orbiting Tau Ceti. The ship Dormire carries 2,000 cryo-sleeping colonists and a crew of six clones with criminal pasts who are hoping to build new lives with clean slates. But nearly 25 years into the mission, the crew awaken in the middle of a bloody crime scene. One of themmaybe more than oneis a murderer, the ship is off course, the ships AI is offline, all records have been deleted, and theres no way to communicate with Earth. As suspicions and hostilities rise, its not certain who, or what, will survive. Interleaving urgent scenes with telling flashbacks, Lafferty delivers a tense nail-biter of a story fueled by memorable characters and thoughtful worldbuilding. This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way thats certain to earn it a spot on award ballots. (Jan.)