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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
compliments of the publisher via Netgalley
extremely or completely dark"
The year: 2087
Ship: USS John Muir
This ship is part of a group of ships jettisoned into outerspace during the Exodus.
Tuck wakes up from stasis in a fog of questions. The first thing he notices is the year: 2433. Nearly four hundreds year of stasis has wrecked havoc on his physical self, which he desperately needs right now. Because he has come face-to-face with a horrible bony, twitchy, and deadly alien that looks weirdly human. The crew of the John Muir have either survived or evolved and a deadly war of survival is happening on a decrepit ship manned by no one but the AI, Dejah, and the ability to speak to each other silently through brain-embedded chips. And silence is the key to survival against the griefers, mourners, and other monsters lurking everywhere. Then he meets....
The year: 2435
This ship is an exploratory vessel aimed at finding viable soil and planets to re-establish humanity. Earth is now dead, thanks to the terrorist plot Pitch Dark, and this ship, run by the Cruz family with the Smithson family as passengers, is one of their last hopes.
Laura (pronounced low-ra) has no fear except for one: Sebastian Smithson, heir to the powerful family who curates prized artifacts. Her fear isn't based on him per se, but on the subjugator they have implanted in her, giving them total control over what she does. But not tonight...she is hacking the system in order to free herself from this technology and tell her family and Mami, captain of the ship, about the mutiny the Smithsons are planning. They've just found an age-old ship carrying extremely valuable cargo, which holds the key to humanity. But then she sees the insignia of Pitch Dark appear before collision course between the two ships begins....
Survivors from two very different ships and times, Tuck and Laura meet and form a union to not only save themselves from the horrors within their ships, but also to ensure extinction of their race doesn't happen. But they must fight not only physical monsters, but also the espionage of the Pitch Dark group, and the power struggle happening between families. It's enough to divide, but can they conquer?
Wowowowowowow....talk about edge of the seat reading!! Alameda creates a interstellar world of two different ages of humanity that still mirror each other in their will to survive and control. The monsters on the Muir are uniquely embodied human/monsters with destructive power created through the errors of humanity itself. What makes this novel a standout isn't only the amazing narrative and storyline Alameda creates, but also the diversity she embues in the characters, where the main characters come from a proud line of Latino lineage. This is a novel that will quickly become part of a lot of "TBR" lists and more. HIGHLY recommended JH/HS.