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In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe - and in her own heart - when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn't forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit.
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that's left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie's own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be.
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By Anon on 05-22-18
Corlett manages to capture a massive concept in a tremendously subtle and delicate way. While technically science fiction, it focuses more on the importance of human relationships, guilt, regret, and new beginnings. It is beautifully written and performed. The characters are exceptionally developed and the conclusion is satisfying.
Highest marks and well worth a credit.
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By MobtownGuy on 11-26-17
Universe of therapist psychopaths
For a book about interplanetary travel, it's surprising how much the narrative revolves around the tiny mind of Jamie, the main protagonist. The novel is interesting enough until it gradually devolves into a cliched, ridiculous conglomeration of absurd coincidences and women's novel cliches complete with generic stock charectors that appear in countless other novels, TV shows, and movies. All this is capped off by a climax that engages the most absurd cliches of a Marvel movie and an epilogue **spoiler alert***
that seems to have everyone inexplicably drawn to the northern coast of England.
Besides Jamie's endless whining contrasted with moments of silly emotion, the rest of the cast exists solely to serve as therapists and provocateurs for Jamie as she plums the depths of her laundry list of generic complexities without ever learning anything or growing or changing.
Hardly a tear is shed by any character for the untold billions of humans who have died at the hands of a virus, but Jamie sheds plenty of tears for her own bewilderment and loneliness, constantly complaining about the shortcomings of people in her life (as we the readers discover little by little that the people who she seems to have hurt by were by and large lovely people).
Still, the novel kept my interest until about halfway through. And the author certainly has a gift for description and language. It's a pity the plot is so thin, that the main protagonist is so self absorbed, and that the other characters are so paper thin, cliched, and one dimensional.
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