Oni. Sept. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781620107799. pap. $19.99. SF
In the year 2192, MNGR First Class João da Silva is charged with taking control of Homestead Station, a mining colony on the planet Titan. After a century of supplying Earth with important resources, technological innovations have rendered the station increasingly obsolete, resulting in high tension between the station’s human overseers and the hulking, eight-foot-tall genetically modified native Titan workforce. João’s attempts to ingratiate himself among the Titans create suspicion among the human and Titan leadership, but gains him an ally in Phoebe Mackintosh, a Titan renowned for her prowess in gladiatorial combat. João and Phoebe both believe the other might be the key to saving Homestead Station from redundancy, but their efforts—and burgeoning romance—are undercut by forces working behind the scene who conspire to escalate the unrest. Soon the station is embroiled in a violent revolution that threatens to destabilize the solar system, and João and Phoebe are fighting for survival against enemies on both sides.
VERDICT Vigneault’s (The Immersion Program) decision to establish his cast and world at a slow burn over the first few chapters pays dividends in the high-stakes second half of this thoughtful and unabashedly political sf thriller.
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