Karma of the Sun

CamCat. Jan. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780744307603. $25.99. SF
DEBUT Boey’s first novel takes place in a world haunted by its past, where the living and the dead alike struggle to change their fate. Generations ago, six nuclear “suns” destroyed everything beyond Tibet’s protective mountains. Prophecies foretell a final, all-consuming seventh sun. Karma’s father went in search of a sacred mountain to avert that future, but he never returned, leaving his family in disgrace. Now Karma is given a chance to clear his name when he’s charged to follow in his father’s footsteps and embark on a quest that will help him understand the past and save the future—if the quest doesn’t kill him first. Karma’s journey leads him through a volatile landscape of bandits, rebels, monks, and warlords, all hunting for the reincarnated lama destined to find the mountain and fulfill the prophecy. Though at times Karma comes across as indecisive as he’s swept between forces, his journey to escape destructive cycles and move toward a better future reflects how everyone must change to survive.
VERDICT For readers of post-apocalyptic cli-fi who enjoy magic-infused stories that don’t center Western cultures.
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