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Summary

Meet Doctor Jens.

She hasn't had a decent cup of coffee in 15 years. 

The first part of her job involves jumping out of perfectly good spaceships. The second part requires developing emergency treatments for sick aliens of species she's never seen before. 

She loves it.

But her latest emergency is also proving a mystery: two ships, one ancient and one new, locked in a dangerous embrace. 

A mysterious crew suffering from an even more mysterious ailment. 

A shipmind trapped in an inadequate body, much of her memory pared away. 

A murderous virus from out of time.

Unfortunately, Dr. Jens can't resist a mystery. Which is why she's about to discover that everything she's dedicated her life to...is a lie.

©2020 Elizabeth Bear (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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moving and forward thinking

Elizabeth Bear raised many critical issues throughout the narrative of this book. I very much look forward to their future works.

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Wonderfully old fashioned

A plot that’s heavy in exposition but you won’t care as it’s so well done. Like Ancestral Night, this kicks off with a BDO that does not stay mysterious for long before going off at a tangent. Narration was well done.

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Intelligent and humorous

It’s a pleasure to read a book that is both funny and at the same time doesn’t treat the reader as a lemming that will gladly read whatever social media dictates, i enjoyed the characters immensely and I have to say the narrator was first class, she really brought to life the story for me, my only caveat being that I felt the authors politicising of the latter section of the book left me cringing