To Each This World

DAW. Nov. 2022. 480p. ISBN 9780756415426. pap. $18. SF
New Earth has been safe for centuries in the protective embrace of their alien allies, the Kmet, who insist that all humans must remain on their planet. When they receive a message from a sleeper ship that was sent out before the Kmet came to “protect” them, the Kmet spring into frenetic action to make sure that all humans are still on New Earth. But their methods make the humans question whether the safety the Kmet have provided doesn’t have a more sinister motive and whether they still have both the courage and the capacity to figure out the aliens’ agenda. A political story wrapped in a gigantic puzzle about communication, biological imperatives, and the dangers of ascribing similar motivations to very disparate species, this novel places three singular, unconventionally thinking individuals at the center of a vast and literally earth-shattering story. It explores the search for hope in spite of pragmatism and against all odds and is centered on a willingness to sacrifice self for the possibility of any future at all.
VERDICT This stand-alone from Aurora Award–winning Czerneda (Spectrum) is highly recommended for SF readers looking for hopepunk in the midst of both alien and human conspiracies.
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