Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships.
With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume – and value – of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species.
It has always been Marca Nbaro’s dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space.
All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication, and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she’s made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life – and scandals – behind isn’t so easy.
She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new . . .
Anyone who reads my reviews will im sure have heard me mention more than once…. i do NOT read SCI-FI !!
But this is Miles / Christian Cameron…. so i had to give it a chance. Going into the book i was fully prepared for a bit of a slog to get me through this mighty 576 page book, But in true Cameron style he proved me wrong. I went from thinking i had a couple of weeks to wade through and smile and say it was ok to 3 days of being embedded in the story, tv off, no going out, taking my time and enjoying every single word and page of this amazing book.
The story introduces Marca Nbaro sneaking onto the Great ship Athens, having escaped from the man she tried to expose as an evil influence at the orphanage, to leave behind her past mistakes and to start her dream to serve on a greatship. A natural outcast due to the way she grew up, he lack of trust etc is very real as is the slowly making friends, slipping into a new family on board ship, allowing her natural skills to flourish both as a pilot but also as a survivor and a thinker, its these skills and her past that puts her on the radar of the Ships AI and the Master of ship…. because ahead of them is a 4 year journey and new perils for the whole ship and the society she comes from.
The story has a fantastic flow to it, Christians / Miles natural story telling style coming across right from the start, he has a wonderful way of blending the info drops into the plot so that you don’t feel them, they are a natural education to the reader of the people , the places and the action. Into this you can feel the influence of his time as a Navy Intelligence officer, one who flew backseat to the pilot. He blends the real world experience and skills of a newbie on a ship, learning the craft and the flow of life on board, i think its that experience that makes the story feel like its being naturally told rather than forced, lifting that experience of life into fiction, the future imagined, the mind-bending locations and the technology show the true skills of imagination added to that experience. Blended into a story where the technology and the time always feels real, well researched and thought out and not there to dazzle you, it just is, a matter of fact in how it works and functions, and yet even with that far future technology his characters explore ideas for technology even beyond that, i found myself going back over parts to try and see holes in ideas but its just perfectly imagined.
I’m sure i could wax lyrical about this book all year, but i really do not want to spoil a single moment for anyone else with a stray spoiler. suffice to say, for someone who doesn’t like Sci-fi, this book has made me feel i need to try more, and most definitely the follow up to this book. A book that for me that is head and shoulders above all other books ive read in the last few years… i loved it that much.
my highest every recommendation