January 5th, 2009

Kitty: Angry Calico

Castro, Adam-Troy: Emissaries From the Dead

Emissaries From the Dead: An Andrea Cort Novel (2008)
Writer: Adam-Troy Castro
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 387

The premise: Andrea Cort is considered a traitor to humanity and given just enough of a leash by her government to hang herself with should she see fit. Until then, she's essentially working off her life sentence by investigating whatever cases her government throws her way, and this one in particular is unique: an insanely large habitat created by the AIsource, an AIsource-breed sentient species, and the murders of two humans on an expedition observing those sentient species. It's up to Andrea to get to the bottom of it, but there's one problem: all evidence points to the AIsource, and she's been told that no matter what happens, the AISource cannot be found guilty. If they were, it'd mean an all-out war that could completely annihilate humanity. Getting a scapegoat should be an easy thing then, but Andrea's never been one to shy away from the truth, no matter where it takes her.

My Rating

Worth the Cash: and I say that wholeheartedly. This isn't your usual kick-ass military heroine out to save the world. This heroine is a monster who doesn't know how to save herself and only saves her fellow human beings because she takes pride in her job and doesn't have the courage to off herself just yet. Emissaries From the Dead is a surprisingly complex novel that has a driving mystery and fascinating characters, none of whom are truly heroic but are interesting and human enough to make you wonder how it's all going to end up and who the villains really are. I was sort of dreading this book when I picked it up, because I was expecting your usual military kick-ass heroine, but now I can't wait for the sequel, so kudos to Castro. I'm glad to have discovered a new SF series to enjoy.

The full review, which does contain mild spoilers, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.


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