Escape Velocity

Erewhon. May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781645660842. $28. SF
Ava, Laz, Henry, and Sloane all have their own agendas for their 25th reunion, as do their former classmates. The Rochford Institute is an elite academy that prepares students for running their planet, whether that planet the dying Earth or the new Mars colony. When the rest of the alumni arrive at the Space Habitat Altaire, a luxury resort in low Earth orbit, most of them are hoping to earn points toward their Mars application, but the four friends are looking for more. Ava searches for the truth about her brother’s murder during their senior year, Laz hopes to win Ava’s affection after years of pining, Henry is looking to subvert the Mars application process altogether, and Sloane is trying to regain his reputation after his father’s arrest and bankruptcy. And as the ultra-rich work toward their goals, the barely noticed employees of the Altaire have their own scheme that may trump all other machinations.
VERDICT Manibo (The Sleepless) pens a novel full of twists and turns, with broad appeal. Sci-fi, dystopian, and mystery fans will all find something to enjoy, while the posh setting and elite players give an unexpected air of palace intrigue that could rival Game of Thrones.
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