on September 9, 2012
Wow! Honestly, I could use every exclamatory word in the dictionary, and it wouldn't be a good enough word to describe how excellent this novel is. I picked it up yesterday- just to get a feel for it...read it deep into the midnight hours and kept on reading until it was finished...now, I'm sorry it's over.
In the far, galactic future there is a ruling class of citizen. They are so wealthy, so elite, they've managed to wipe out any ambition whatsoever- why worry about ambition when everything in the universe is already at their fingertips? The only thing that really matters to this jaded "Society" is... The Scavenger Hunt- a hunt so costly, so deadly, it takes place only once every twenty years.
Bred DeVrie has reluctantly entered his spaceship, the Honey B, and his all female crew, into this years scavenger hunt, at the insistence of his spoiled twin sister, Tyla. Tyla is the epitome of high society with all of it's flaws (arrogance, entitlement, pride), but deep inside, she is just a young woman who feels the need to win the hunt for the sake of her family's honor and in memory of her parents, who died twenty years earlier, while competing in the hunt.
It was the hunt itself that took my breath away. Each contestant is tasked with the acquisition of rare and deadly objects from worlds scattered throughout the galaxy. From the dream booths of post apocalyptic, Lethe, to the forests of Ootyoce, the warring planet, Eclipsiascus, to the dragon world, Gondra, our intrepid crew meets each challenge with wit and unsurpassed bravery.
Enter the android, Jonathon, and a ruthless competitor, named Amber Jusser; a fantastically difficult challenge now enters a whole new level of scary...as though the risk of life and limb is not enough, love, revenge, loyalty and honor complicates matters, forcing the twins to grow up and to see their world and the galaxy with new eyes...
Too many to count. The editing is spot-on perfect, the dialogue, realistic and snappy.
Mr. Goldin's grasp of science is absolute, but instead of shouting his knowledge, and bamboozling the reader with a lot of high-tech goobledegook, his narrative is calm and thorough enough to teach me a thing or two about space travel.
His world building is breathtaking and sometimes too scary for comfort-
I'm sorry, but there are no negatives in this novel
Perhaps (if I stretch it) you could argue that there might be a little too much sex (I liked it)
and I can honestly say that I began to despair that one of the main protagonists might be irredeemable... but.
This is one of the best science fiction novels I have ever read. It belongs up there with one of my all-time favorites, Deathstalker by Simon Green. It is filled with pageantry, adventure, love, revenge and lots and lots of SPACE!