The Circus Infinite

Angry Robot. Mar. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780857669681. $15.99. SF
DEBUT On the run from the mysterious Institute that has held him prisoner and used him as a lab rat, Jes heads out of the spaceport in a direction he hopes his pursuers won’t expect. The pleasure moon Persephone-9—a place where beings of all species in the 9-Star Congress of Conscious Worlds go to have their desires gratified—would normally repel asexual, empathic Jes. But Jes needs to hide, and Persephone-9 is perfect for that. When Jes’s talents lead him to the Cirque Kosmiqa, he falls into a place to call home, among a found family who provide protection, purpose, and love. To protect his family and himself, Jes will be forced to work for a murderous political boss who wants to exploit his dangerous talents.
VERDICT A three-ring extravaganza, combining a coming-of-age with Jes’s desperate race to save his new family from a corrupt mastermind. Readers will get caught up in Wong’s debut novel and find themselves wanting to run away to the circus with Jes. Highly recommended.
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