In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
To start, I have mixed feelings about this book. I do. I’m not a huge science fiction fan, but when I read the blurb I liked the idea enough to want to try it out. I wanted to see how the other planets and interplanetary travel worked with the end of the world motif.
Unfortunately, I felt it didn’t hit a good mark. There is no great description about the different planets and the conflicts involved were fairly easily taken care of. It might have been better if everything was set in Earth. It was that uninteresting.
On top of that, The illness that took over was a bit convenient. The explanation on how it came to be is an obvious sci-fi trope that I felt it would be better if it was related to the space travel itself.
It may seem that I have no real positive thoughts on this book, but that’s not true. I did like the writing. The author is a good writer. I do like the concept of the book as well. I just wish it was put together a bit differently.