Ahoy there mateys! Me last review was of this author’s novel brother’s ruin which was extremely enjoyable but an oh so very very different fantasy read. I loved that one immensely which made me immediately pick up this recently purchased novel. I am extremely glad I did.
This sci-fi novel is the story of a colony on a remote alien planet far far from Earth. The settlers came chasing a dream of a woman named Lee Suh-Mi, known as the Pathfinder. Suh-Mi had visions of an unknown society calling to humanity. The settlers make planetfall and establish new lives working towards a purpose. Little does the colony know that it is living a lie – one that Renata Ghali, Suh-Mi’s best friend, helps perpetuate. When a stranger arrives at the colony, his presence threatens to spill old secrets. At what cost?
This story is told from the point of view of Renata, also known as Ren. Part mystery, part adventure, and part character study, this novel was emotionally compelling and fascinating. While Ren is intelligent and capable, she has personal demons to fight. I continually seemed to float between curiosity, pity, and hopefulness about Ren’s situation. While slow-burning in many ways, I was always fully engrossed in the story and desperately wanting to find out more details and what happens next.
I loved the world building and technology. From the use of 3D printers, to how the homes were built, the structure of society, and the mysterious God’s City, this novel was full of wonderful details. I will certainly be reading more of this author’s work. Ye should too.
Side note: there is a companion novel out. Arrrrr!
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The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.
Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.
The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…
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