“I could have come home. My whole life could have been different.” “We all live with such a burden.”
Well-written science fiction adventure that rises above mere space opera by Wager’s fully conceived and presented non-Earth Hindu female-dominated culture. The narrative follows the protagonist closely, so the reader is dragged along with the rapid pace of the action, but the cultural, religious and technical details are melded in expertly.
“Practically everyone is hiding something … including you.”
Quibble: Bodies in space do not implode.
“Now I was finding out that my timing was as [bad] as my judgment.”
Telegraphed many of her punches. While the protagonist was kept off balance by the rapidly evolving action, she picked up on everything and everyone too quickly, robbing the story of uncertainty. It’d have been nice if she’d been wrong about someone.
“Concentrate on what you know. The rest will sort itself out, or it’ll kill you.”
Satisfying close for this opening episode in a greater story.
“We don’t get to say everything that needs saying before the end.”