Book Review: The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell


Publishing Date: November 2018

Publisher: Tor

ISBN:  9780765387929

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.9/5

Publisher’s Description: Brilliant engineer Marcus Flynn has been sentenced to 11-H37 alongside the galaxy’s most dangerous criminals. A hard labor prison planet better known as the Razor, where life expectancy is short and all roads are dead ends.

Review: The idea that this tidally locked planet supports life in a thin band between the hot and cold sides is, pretty thin, almost razor like. Ha. What we know about tidally locked planets (that are not gas giants) is that life would find a hard purchase. Not impossible just not very likely. I like that this author takes a step off an established scientific idea and ramps it up. Gives it that “Ringworld” feel that I have been missing. I think Mathew Costello said it best in reference to this novel, “Cutting-edge SciFI “.

This is a fantastic novel. Period. It has everything you could hope for and is nice and long so the ride lasts a good long time. This definitely has a few more sequels to get through and I am exited as fuk for them. Only minor misstep: A firing pin is not pulled back to charge a gun as it is inside the bolt carrier.

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