Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: Nexus: Ascension

Nexus: Ascension
Nexus: Ascension by Robert Boyczuk

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please note: This book read and reviewed Oct. 2011; updating the review to add disclosure.

Disclosure: I received a free egalley edition of this book from ChiZine via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: Returning from a 30-year long-haul mission, the crew of the Ea come out of stasis to discover their world – Bh’Harat – dead, and screamer satellites strung around it to warn any potential visitors away – saying “hazard plague hazard plague hazard plague” over and over. Left with no choices, however the crew descends to the surface to try to ascertain what has happened, and to see if they can come up with a way to survive. Can they find a cure for the plague? Is there any hope for Bh’Harat?

My Thoughts: This was quite a story – somewhere between hard sci-fi and space opera, but eminently readable by anyone. The plot moved ahead briskly, with plots and counter-plots and counter-counter-plots running amok – at the end, there is no way to tell who is the villain of the piece. I thought that things were left open for a potential sequel (Edit: the author says there will be a sequel! Yay!) – or maybe we’re left to determine ourselves how things would proceed from here. Edit: I should also point out that this is one of only three books to ever give me nightmares.

Recommended for: Fans of science fiction will love this story – do yourselves a favor and check it out.

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