A Best Book of 2022 by the New York Public Library • One of the Best SFF Books of 2022 (Gizmodo) • One of the Best SF Mysteries of 2022 (CrimeReads) • A GoodReads Choice Award finalist for Best Science Fiction!
Titanic meets Event Horizon in this SF horror novel in which a woman and her crew board a decades-lost luxury cruiser and find the wreckage of a nightmare that hasn't yet ended.
Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed—made obsolete—when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate.
What they find is shocking: the Aurora, a famous luxury spaceliner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick search of the ship reveals something isn’t right.
Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Messages scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold on to her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.
"Truly un-put-downable in its purest sense.” Chloe Gong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
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Finders have a hard time being keepers in Barnes's adult debut, a horror-inflected space opera that details the last mission of a communications repair crew. Claire Kovalik, sole survivor of a Mars colony disaster, and her crew are wrapping up a final tour of the outskirts of the Solar system before their jobs are taken over by machines when they pick up a distress call. The ship signaling them is the Aurora, a super-luxury liner that disappeared 20 years ago on its maiden voyage with all its celebrity passengers. Expecting a wealth of salvage, Claire and crew are eager to detour. But shocking carnage awaits them onboard and solving the mystery of whatever killed the Aurora's crew could mean madness and death for Claire and company. And their employer, the Verux Corporation, seems less than pleased to have the sordid past brought to light. Barnes, who writes YA as Stacey Kade (the Project Paper Doll series), plays nicely on human fears of both madness and of ghosts, carefully blurring the line between science fiction and horror, though readers may realize the truth behind the ship's haunting before Claire tracks down the answer. Those with a taste for blending genres will enjoy this combo.
Great setting and good scares but the main characters internal conflicts wear a bit thin at times.
Entertaining but unoriginal
Not a bad read, just predictable.
One-dimensional characters, predictable plot, clichés. Author does not know how to write sci-fi or horror, and it shows.