The crew of the White Raven returns to save the galaxy, in this brilliant space opera sequel to The Wrong Stars
Ancient aliens, the Axiom, will kill us all – when they wake up. In deep space, a swarm of nanoparticles threatens the colonies, transforming everything it meets into computronium – including the colonists. The crew of the White Raven investigate, and discover an Axiom facility filled with aliens hibernating while their minds roam a vast virtual reality. Sebastien wakes up, claiming his altered brain architecture can help the crew deactivate the swarm – from inside the Axiom simulation. To protect humanity, Callie must trust him, but if Sebastien still plans to dominate the universe using Axiom tech, they could be in a whole lot of trouble…
File Under: Science Fiction [ Nanowar | Let Sleeping Gods Lie | Upgraded | For the Colony ]
Pratt's entertaining Axiom space opera series continues (after The Wrong Stars) with a new chance to learn more about the mysterious and powerful ancient race known as the Axiom. Three months after rescuing the survivors of a human colony ship captured by a secret Axiom station, White Raven captain Callie Machedo and her crew have agreed to investigate the Taliesin system, where communications from colony world Owain have fallen silent. According to their ally Lantern, a member of the alien Liars (who were once enslaved by the Axiom), Axiom involvement is suspected. After a slow start, the story gets moving when the White Raven finally arrives at Taliesin and starts to investigate. Pratt's thoughtful worldbuilding, revealed little by little, continues to impress. Fans of character-driven stories will enjoy the play of personalities among Callie's crew. This well-imagined universe, populated by original and empathetic characters, has enough energy to power what could become a long-lived series.