[A] very robust story with a bit of hard science, intrigue and suspense. The characters are written with a lot of heart, strength and humaness. There is a lot of background to digest and more than one mystery to solve as the story takes the reader from the ocean floor to the moon, Tethys, in orbit around Saturn.
—PMSteve (5 stars)
First off, this book is not like The Martian (which I also read and enjoyed immensely). It is, surprisingly, even better than The Martian. Secondly, this is not merely a science fiction story. It is much more than that. It is a compelling, intelligent novel about complex human beings, realistically facing unprecedented issues, in the near future. The characters, especially the central character, are fully rounded personalities, with virtues and flaws….I forced myself to “slow read” this book, because I did not want it to end. I am astonished that this is the author’s first full novel. I will eagerly await what he writes next.
—William B. Fokes (5 stars)
Yet what feels even more real than the slightly-advanced tech are the emotional interactions, the jealousy and envy and spite, the admiration and aspiration and generosity, the fear and delight, displayed by all these people, human and alien alike. New authors (and sometimes veteran writers as well) can make the mistake of painting characters as either black or white. Burnett dodges this bullet; even Conn is a frustratingly messy mix of emotional reactions.
—DrPat (5 stars)
Great characters, intriguing plot, and a mystery not yet explained almost demand another [novel]. Please tell me it’s coming!
—E. Powell (4 stars)
I enjoyed the story of this kick-ass girl.
—Richard Meyer (5 stars)
I had a hard time putting my Kindle down while reading this book.
—L. Channels (5 stars)
I truly liked the heroine. Who doesn’t like reading about someone who against all odds is able to fulfill her/his dreams. Besides she’s smart, knows what she wants and fights for what she believes. She has also flaws which make her human and for that I like her even more.
—Poli (4 stars)
NO SPOILERS, PLEASE! Thanks!