The Light Brigade

Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781481447966. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481447980. SF
Dietz has joined the infantry to take revenge for the family and others lost at São Paulo. She's fighting for Tene-Silvia, one of the Big Six corporations battling against Mars. To fight so far away, soldiers are broken down into light to travel, corporealize at the battlefronts, and collected back afterward. Everyone changes in war, but Dietz is experiencing bad combat drops that show missions and fights different from what was briefed. As Dietz struggles to stay committed to the effort and fellow platoon members, her memories tell a story very much removed from the one she started with.
VERDICT Hurley's (The Stars Are Legion) take on war and interplanetary adventure is mixed with a vigorous helping of time travel, which will have readers trying to catch up with the truth as much as the lead character. An absorbing and gritty story from this accomplished author.
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