Braking Day

DAW. Apr. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780756418229. $27. SF
DEBUT In lawyer Oyebanji’s debut sf thriller, the colony ships Archimedes, Bohr, and Chandrasekhar, after 132 years in flight from Homeworld Earth, are getting ready to brake for their Destination World. Ravi MacLeod is the first in his family to break from their petty criminal traditions and train to become an officer. As a trainee engineer, he realizes that something is very wrong aboard the Archimedes. The officers are covering up something big: a fourth ship has brought more to their new home than peaceful intentions. But so has the Archimedes. It’s up to Ravi, his ace-hacker cousin Boz, and a mysterious girl who might be a hallucination to arrange a solution before the fleet destroys itself. The tension mounts as Ravi is determined to prevent mutually assured destruction while his ship’s officers are equally determined to pretend all is well.
VERDICT This is a story of people who are their own worst enemies as groups fracture, danger ramps up, and options close in. It will appeal to fans of colony ship stories and coming-of-age tales.
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