The Genesis of Misery

Tor. (Nullvoid Chronicles, Bk. 1). Sept. 2022. 432p. ISBN 9781250788979. $27.99. SF
DEBUT Yang’s (The Ascent to Godhood) first full-length novel gives a space opera twist to the story of Joan of Arc. Misery Nomaki (she/they) is the younger sister of a pastor from an insignificant mining planet. For as long as anyone can remember, the galaxy has been embroiled in a holy war, followed by a shaky, uneasy truce. Having lost their mother at a young age, Misery is more concerned with surviving and making money than with faith and politics. Is she suffering from the same voidsickness her mother died from? Or is she actually the Messiah the Faithful have been waiting for to help them win their war against the Heretics? This is a story within a story that will leave readers with questions even after the book comes to a close.
VERDICT An interesting start to this expected trilogy and a definite must-add for science fiction collections.
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