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Summary

The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed The Explorer.

Twenty years following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more.

Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvönen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro.

But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the handpicked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.

©2017 James Smythe (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"If you love Gravity try James Smythe." (Buzzfeed.com)
"Creepy, compulsive Science Fiction." (Metro)
"Science Fiction for those who don't think they like it." (Independent)
"A tightly knotted, expertly constructed space trip of a read." (Guardian)
"A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death." (SFX)
"It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee." (Guardian)

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My god - it's full of eyes!

Actually, what I mean is "I"s - as in 'first person singular': this book is full of them. Yes well it would be, as it's written from a first person perspective, but it becomes somehow very obvious: this story is about just one person - with a monkey named Tomas on his back, eroding his psyche from start to finish!
I found the 'setting up the mission' chapters pretty vague as to technology and distances, and does ANYONE ever really check out the crew's mental stability in fiction?
The central section of the story was the most intriguing, but then the protagonist starts to lose it and things begin to come apart, leading to a long drawn out, unsatisfying and ambiguous denouement. Sorry but there it is.

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  • 20-04-17

Odd, unexpected, slow, maybe not for everyone

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It's a layered story, first person all the way and in the end a self-revelatory tale. Nothing much seems to happen and I wouldn't have stuck to it if I were reading. However the audio version has a hypnotic feel that I found pleasant as background to other activities. Rupert Farley did an outstanding job. Still, it's an odd book and if you want a story with action leave this one well alone. If you want something a little different and are patient with stream of consciousness give it a try. I have just finished it and am still digesting it - thinking, so that's a very good sign. I hate reviews that include spoilers so I won't do that. Give it a try. You can always return on Audible.