Ahoy there mateys! This is the companion novel to the wonderful sci-fi novel planetfall which continues to linger in me thoughts as being a super pleasurable previous read. As a companion novel, the books can be read in any order even though personally I am glad I read planetfall first. Planetfall was the story of a human colony on a remote alien planet far far from Earth. After atlas is a sci-fi murder mystery novel set on Earth forty years after Atlas has left the planet.
The story involves Carlos who works for one of the big corporations on Earth. When he was an infant, his mother left him behind on Earth when she traveled on the Atlas. Forty years later he is a top level detective to the Ministry of Justice. There is just one catch – he was sold to them years before as an indentured slave who has to work off his debt before he is free. But everything has a price and adds to his debt. They control him and he won’t work off his debt until he is at least 80, or maybe longer . . .
So when his boss at the Ministry arrives in his apartment with a new job assignment with the details off the record, he realizes something is different. There has been another murder, only this time he knows the victim. Can he solve the crime, avoid the politics, and kept his personal feelings under control? There may be no real choice as the clock is ticking, the debt is growing, and all he wants is freedom.
Again, Emma Newman creates another fascinating main character whose personality and circumstances are a delight. The novel evolves in such a way that ye follow the unfolding investigation while slowly learning the details of Carlos’ life and his past relationships. Again the tech in the novel like the APA’s are richly drawn and central to the story. While Carlos is the main character, through him ye get to known the side characters who are all well drawn out. Some of the murder mystery clues were guessable but how she resolved the story overall was not.
In any case this was another awesome effort by Ms. Newman and I truly hope there is another story set in this world. Do pick up either one of the Planetfall books and treat yerself to a delightful story.
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The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.
To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes…
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
brother’s ruin (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)
planetfall (Sailing to the Stars)