Ocean’s Echo

Tor. Nov. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9781250758866. $27.99. SF
Tennalhin Halkana is a reader: one who can read people’s minds and navigate the chaotic space around the gateways to the full universe. When his exploits become too much for his aunt, Tennal is conscripted into the military and prepped to sync with an “architect,” who will be able to influence and control him. A sync merges the reader’s and architect’s minds, and neither Tennal nor Lieutenant Surit Yeni, the architect chosen, want this to happen. So they pretend to sync in order to finish their job of a salvage retrieval, get Surit’s promised promotion, and find a way for Tennal to escape. When the salvage reveals not only a powerful treasure that could bring about a war, but the truth behind the traitorous legacy of Surit’s mother, the two realize they may have to complete the sync to save themselves from the military—and save their world.
VERDICT This stand-alone set in the same universe as Winter’s Orbit is an exciting, fast-paced sci-fi adventure with great worldbuilding and complex characters. Fans of Jessie Mihalik and J. S. Dewes will enjoy.
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