Set in 2268, Finnerty’s un-put-down-able tale has everything—authentic characters, a well-constructed SF world, and incredible tension and suspense. Jason is content collecting enough points to live a good life and to keep his beautiful girlfriend Holly by his side. But when he votes against the authorities while acting as a juror in a trial, he finds his world turned upside down. He flees his home, but surviving the dangerous wilderness outside Canard is not as easy as it seems. Finnerty opens her thrilling tale in a world that feels unsettlingly grim, with its razor-sharp, futuristic surveillance system, synthetic byways, controlled weather, and antiseptic dwellings, a world in which people are reduced to numbers in the bigger scheme of things and their survival depends on how many points they are able to accumulate on day-to-day basis. But although futuristic technology drives the plot, the novel’s central themes deal with timely, relevant subjects of suppression, courage, belief, trust, duty, friendship, morality, and if freedom of thought and expression is worthy of taking extreme risk. Nick and Jason’s journey of survival drives this story, and Finnerty does a masterly job keeping the stakes high and the suspense crackling while still creating plenty of space for readers to get to know her diverse cast of characters and explore their two different worlds. A page-turner.
Categories: Science Fiction