I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set around the Solar System in the far future. While there are several characters, the primary ones are Executor Sage Volus and former Tribune Cassius Vale.
Vale was forced out as a Tribune (the power guiding all of humanity) and is now hatching a plan that he believes will free humanity from the control of the current Tribune. He has developed outlawed tech and is willing to let many die in order for those that remain to ultimately live better lives.
Volus is an enforcer of the Tribune’s laws. She goes undercover to discover who is hijacking Tribune ships. While undercover, she develops feelings for the head of a misfit crew who plans to hijack a transport.
Volus is tied to Vale as she was his son’s girl friend. He also replaced her damaged arm with an advanced prosthetic.
This is a story filled with political intrigue and action. None of the characters are what you would call outstanding examples of humanity, but many of them are doing what they do because they believe it is the only way to survive.
I spent just over 6.5 hours with this 276 page Science Fiction novel. It has an old feel to it as you read about the robots and the ‘newly discovered element Gravitum’ that much of their tech is based on. I almost called a ‘Rule of 50’ after the first couple of chapters, but persisted and the story did improve. The cover art implies a Science Fiction tale in space, but not much more. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.
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