Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, “The Scopuli,” they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to “The Scopuli” and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
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Wow, okay. This is a book that demands to be binge read. It took me almost a month to get through, but I probably read the entire thing in just two or three sittings. Any time I left more than a day or two between reading, I ended up putting the book down almost the second I picked it up because I just couldn’t keep the characters, where they were, and what exactly they were doing, straight in my head. But once I got back into it, wow.
This book did “space” brilliantly. There is a loose structure to how things are supposed to work, crazy dynamics between the different humans, and everything from space shuttles, to freighters, to God knows what. And never did I feel overwhelmed by setting. The vastness of space was nicely conveyed, and there was a nice addition of conspiracy and creepiness to balance out the pew! Pew! Action scenes. Which were awesome.
As I mentioned above, it was the characters that gave me the most trouble. A lot of the characters merged in my head and it took a bit of sorting out, but I figured that as long as I could keep Holden’s people on the one hand and Miller’s people on the other, that I would probably be okay – and I was. And though I really liked the characters, and how dispensable a lot of them turned out to be, I felt a little disconnected. Long story short, while I’m not rushing to continue the series immediately, I did really enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes sci fi.