The Immortality Thief

Solaris. (Kystrom Chronicles, Bk. 1). Oct. 2022. 608p. ISBN 9781786185129. $26.99. SF
DEBUT This is a unique blend of space opera and horror, complete with nerve-wracking claustrophobia and insights into the ethics of experimentation. Sean Wren is a refugee who lost his homeland due to the conflict between the Ministers and the Republic. He’s forcibly sent off to an abandoned and broken-down spaceship that is packed with monsters, enemies, and secrets while it idles next to a dying star that’s about to blow. As a talented linguist who knows the dead language Ameng, his mission is to recover mysterious scientific data. To navigate this labyrinthine ship of horrors, the impish and lovable Sean has no choice but to team up with his enemies, specifically the stony and deadly Minister Indigo and the ruthless and determined Republican Lieutenant Lantern-Eyes. Hunt’s perfect balance of humor, viciousness, and soul-searching results in an emotional rollercoaster of a novel, where laugh-out-loud comedy competes with heartbreaking tragedy.
VERDICT Hunt’s debut is fun, fast-paced, cutting-edge, and full of epic twists, with a highly accessible writing style. Fans of Andy Weir and Martha Wells will love it.
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