Science Fiction. Award-winning science fiction. Hard science fiction. Dense science fiction. Like a … you get the point.
Incredible freshman effort which grabs the reader by the throat and drags him or her, often willingly, deep into history, science, politics and consequences. You can read the blurb at any good book site, but they can’t tell you how DeSmedt skillfully lays out the treads to his tale then meticulously weaves them into a plausible, yet incredible, plot. He does.
Few technical quibbles and only one lapse of logic, but most readers won’t spot it or won’t care. I didn’t. Got didactic in places, but would have lost verisimilitude if the reader missed some of the history and science.
And, almost as important these days, it’s a complete, satisfying tale told between one pair of covers. Excellent job.