The Earth has died.
Five years after the Collapse, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever: a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship.
When Eddy Tremaine and Andrissa "Andy" Hammond find a hidden world-within-a-world under the mountains, the discovery triggers a chain of events that could fundamentally alter or extinguish life as they know it, culminate in the takeover of the world mind, and end free will for humankind.
Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide. Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.
"Quality, innovative worldbuilding grounds this volume in the "Liminal Sky" series. Fans of The Expanse will find plenty to enjoy here as different groups with widely varying goals and beliefs come together in a struggle to survive the vastness of space and one another." -Library Journal
The appealing but flawed second Liminal Sky novel (after The Stark Divide) sees the sentient generation ship Forever a world of bioluminescent pollen, horseback travel, and digital landscapes struggle with an aspiring tyrant as it speeds toward a new home six years after Earth's collapse. The Hammond family, whose inherited telepathy can physically shape the ship, and transgender marine-turned-sheriff Eddy Tremayne clash with Eddy's authoritarian ex-lover, Davian Forrester, whose escalating coup against Forever's triumvirate world mind aims to turn Forever's citizens into obedient zombies. Coatsworth handles a well-rounded cast with casual humanity, but character interactions and dangers prove repetitive even the narrative notes that "This was starting to feel eerily familiar" and Davian's clich d villainy saps energy from the central conflict. The pacing flaws are somewhat mitigated by the book's three-dimensional, warm vision of LGBTQ lives, and the story is an entertaining mix of science fantasy and family drama.