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Summary

Sarya Vald is the galaxy's worst nightmare: a Human.

Fortunately, she's the last one. Adopted and raised by the alien Senya, a terrifying sentient spider-like species known as a Widow, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life, keeping her identity as a human secret, even as she puzzles over the impossible questions behind her own existence.

  1. How it is that she, and she alone, is the sole survivor of a race that was supposedly wiped out centuries ago?
  2. What mysterious force could wipe out four trillion people in a single Galactic year, while making each death look like an accident?
  3. What made the Humans so special - or so frightening - that they warranted such treatment?

When the station's central intelligence, a grumpy AI named ELLIE, discovers the truth about Sarya's origins, she's forced to flee, a step ahead of rioting inhabitants and vicious enforcers. Together with a band of misfits and cutthroats, Sarya makes for the depths of space aboard a stolen ship, in desperate search of the truth behind her existence.

What she discovers is that humanity's death was but one chess move in a war played out across light-years and centuries, by beings with minds so vast and alien that they might as well be gods. If Sarya is going to be more than just a pawn in their game and have a chance at saving humanity's future, she herself will have to become something greater, and more alien, than she ever imagined.

©2020 Zack Jordan (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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I liked this a lot. It was very entertaining, although at some points very strange

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interesting but not brilliant

this was ok in parts but didn't like the narration at all. if that was different it would be quite goof

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So Heavy, So Good

Excellent narration and great story i couldn’t stop listening.
Really heavy and refreshingly different from the usual sci-fi I read.

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Exhausting

A good concept and a great start. Interesting characters and a thought-provoking vision of the nature and the vastness of things. Great performance too. However, as time went on it became increasingly harder to pay attention. The story lost it’s rhythm because everything is life or death. Everything is the biggest, the saddest, the hugest......that has ever been. This may sound weird but l need some quiet time, something that isn’t full on all the time. Don’t think l’d listen to another of his which is a shame as some of the ideas are really engaging. Too much for me. I need a rest.

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A story on a scale one can hardly quantify.

How do you define your place in a galaxy so vast and interconnected that the sum total of your existance it but a grain of sand in an ocean?

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Wow. What a performance. What a book.

Patricia Rodriguez deserves an Oscar for this performance. I was engrossed after ten minutes. Clear characters and apt intonation pained a picture dim brained AIs, menacing bladed spiders and sarcastic super intelligences.

There is humour in this story but also a serious tone. Why would a bloodthirsty predator adopt a softdrink skinned human? Why is the existence of humans a secret?

Zack Jordan provides answers. But not in a way I expected. The story is telling is superb. The world imaginative. I cannot say enough to praise the enjoyment.