Dead Space

Berkley. Mar. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9781984803726. pap. $16. SF
Hester Marley was once a part of a cutting-edge research team, but a devastating terrorist attack left her injured with several prosthetics and huge debt to Parthenope Enterprises for her medical support. Now serving as a safety officer far away from the memories of her personal and professional losses, Hester receives a surprising and strange message from another survivor of the attack—only to discover he was murdered shortly after sending it. Integrating herself into the investigation on a secluded mining outpost, Hester begins to uncover her friend’s actions, along with the secrets being kept by both his coworkers and his employers. The story moves at a fast clip, and readers will enjoy the twists that are presented, along with the character developments and interactions. This immersive story is led by a flawed—physically and emotionally—protagonist who is nonetheless determined to discover the truth no matter where it leads.
VERDICT Wallace (Salvation Day) showcases themes of xenophobia, corporate profit, and AI evolution in this absorbing space thriller.
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