Asimov Science Fiction Readers' Choice, and RT Reviewers' Choice.
Hurtling through the blackness of space, Boss detects a mysterious blip from an unknown source that sets her heart pounding…
Boss dives derelict space vessels, for money, yes, but more for their historical value. So, when she uncovers the find of a lifetime, she enlists the best divers she knows to help her pursue it—off the grid and under the Empire's radar.
Boss's discovery leads her and her team to the Room of Lost Souls. Boss remembers the Room. It haunts her. Her mother died there. Now, a client wants her to go back to help uncover the Room's mysteries. But the truths they discover might destroy everything Boss holds sacred.
Because the more they discover, the less they realize they know—and the more it will cost them all.
Read all 8 novels in the Diving Universe!
Diving Into the Wreck
City of Ruins
Searching for the Fleet
"This is classic sci-fi, a well-told tale of dangerous exploration. The first-person narration makes the reader an eyewitness to the vast, silent realms of deep space, where even the smallest error will bring disaster. Compellingly human and technically absorbing, the suspense builds to fevered intensity, culminating in an explosive yet plausible conclusion."
—RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Diving into the Wreck has much to offer, including what even Boss—the avid researcher into lost forms of science—describes as 'secrets which, if understood, can teach us more about ourselves than any science can.'"
"Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech."
Kristine Kathryn Rusch is a New York Times bestselling author whose fiction has won dozens of awards and critical accolades.
Rusch (the Retrieval Artist series) delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech. Boss is a middle-aged loner who searches ancient spacecraft for historical data. Driven by the memory of her mother being lured to a mysterious station called the Room of Souls, Boss believes humanity is haunted by old science, the kind that could kill us because we don't understand it. As Boss carefully builds a crew of spacers who are mostly loners with secrets, their notions about old and new tech, and about each other, must be re-evaluated as they first dive a 5,000-year-old ship for clues and then head for the Room. Rusch's spare prose sometimes flattens the characters, but admirably suits both the adventure and the deep moral questions she raises.