The World Gives Way

Redhook: Orbit. Jun. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780316592413. $28. SF
DEBUT Living on a ship that has been traveling for generations to carry people from all walks of life to a new planet, Myrra has been a contract worker since the age of five; in 50 years, she’ll be free. But Myrra wants more from her life, so on the night she arrives at work to find that her contract owners, the Carlyles, are dead, she goes on the run. She’s soon pursued by Tobias Bendel of the Security Bureau. Myrra brings with her a shocking secret: The ship is failing. As Myrra and Tobias traverse the ship’s varied cities and landscapes, they finally reach the point that the entire world now knows: The end is coming. They face down the apocalypse in a study of acceptance, of reconciling the past with the knowledge that there will be no future. Narrated alternately by Myrra and Tobias, interspersed with flashbacks from the ship’s history, this apocalyptic tale balances hope and resignation on a knife’s edge.
VERDICT A debut that will keep readers engaged, for its characters’ emotional depths and its inevitable ending.
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