In this Hugo nominated science fiction thriller by Mur Lafferty, a crew of clones awakens aboard a space ship to find they're being hunted-and any one of them could be the killer.
Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently. . .
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Lafferty (The Shambling Guide to New York City) takes readers aboard an ill-fated colony ship crewed by criminals in this taut science fiction thriller. Ecological collapse and social and political upheaval have convinced humans to colonize another world: the Earth-like planet Artemis, orbiting Tau Ceti. The ship Dormire carries 2,000 cryo-sleeping colonists and a crew of six clones with criminal pasts who are hoping to build new lives with clean slates. But nearly 25 years into the mission, the crew awaken in the middle of a bloody crime scene. One of them maybe more than one is a murderer, the ship is off course, the ship's AI is offline, all records have been deleted, and there's no way to communicate with Earth. As suspicions and hostilities rise, it's not certain who, or what, will survive. Interleaving urgent scenes with telling flashbacks, Lafferty delivers a tense nail-biter of a story fueled by memorable characters and thoughtful worldbuilding. This space-based locked-room murder mystery explores complex technological and moral issues in a way that's certain to earn it a spot on award ballots.
I couldn’t stop reading this book!
Lots of new ideas. Good read.
Undeserved Hugo and Nebula nominations for best novel
I am one-third of the way through this mediocre novel and have encountered about half a dozen mistakes in grammar, word choice, and syntax that any proficient editor would have caught. I purchased the novel via iBooks so it should be a legitimate version, not a rogue copy. For this reason but also for the lackluster style, I am surprised the book was nominated for both 2018 Nebula and Hugo awards for best Sci-Fi novel. I’d like to be proved wrong by a major twist and surge in momentum in the next 100 pages — I’ll gladly eat my own words! — but I’m not optimistic. It is hardly a literary work. The diaspora context is recycled and reduced to a whodunnit. Characters are stereotypes, the POV is diluted, and present-day tech and culture surrounding them are applied to this relatively near future — the characters inhabiting it still use videos, tablets, and speakers, etc. Not very futuristic. Disappointing.