Publisher: Del Rey
Publishing Date: September 2016
Publishers Description: With the Fallers’ numbers growing, and their ability to mimic humans allowing them to infiltrate all levels of society, it’s only a matter of time before they surge to victory. Then, on a routine space flight, Major Ry Evine inadvertently frees a captive vessel that crash-lands on Bienvenido carrying the last, best hope for human survival: a baby. But a far from ordinary one.
Review: This was a pretty good SciFi novel that follows a self-exiled man, Florian, descended from “Eliters” that have enhanced abilities. Florian is tasked to take care of a baby from a crashed starship that houses an artificial intelligence. Once taking custody he is chased by Governmental fascists, criminal elements and alien “Fallers” that want to destroy the baby that may herald a new world.
The world building and character development in this novel was fantastic. Each personae is built with consideration and even the alien “Fallers” have a developed sense of self, combined with an almost sociopathic hive mind that came off creepy as heck. The technology of the Commonwealth was very believable and places you in a plausible situation that is almost daunting in its clarity. Reminded me of reading Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” where you can almost, but not quite touch the advanced technology that it soon creates a yearning within. It is that visceral.
“SO WHY YOU NO GIVE 5 STARS!?”. There were one too many instances of phrasing where “He grumbled” or “murmured” or “growled” was used to expedite the dialogue without having to build the scenes. Additionally, the word “actually” was used 115 times. Fug me. Still, a riveting novel despite my shjtpicking.