Until the Last of Me

Tor.com. (Take Them to the Stars, Bk. 2). Mar. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250262110. $26.99. SF
Mia is one of the Kibsu: over 100 generations of women working to guide humanity to the stars. Now in the late 20th century, she and her daughter Lola may finally see the first people launch into space. Yet the Tracker, the men who work to destroy not only Mia, but also what her family has done, is always close behind, and the only way that Mia may be able to move things forward is to break the First Rule: “Always run, never fight.” Traveling the globe, Mia races against the clock to find more answers about the pursuit of her people and see if they can survive the mounting odds against her family and the future of the human race. Including chapters from the points of view of Mia’s daughter Lola as she prepares for her part of the journey, along with the Tracker as he pursues the women, creates intimate perspectives and unpredictable results.
VERDICT Balancing scientific details with character arcs and exciting action, Neuvel’s follow-up to A History of What Comes Next is an exciting science fiction thriller that will in turn inform and surprise readers.
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