Taking place during the slow but impending doom of future civilization, this compiled SF adventure serial demonstrates the limits of its format while still delivering an action-packed punch. Planetary refugee and mercenary for hire Asala Sikou has hardened herself to the harshness of life in a dying solar system. When the starship Vela goes missing, Asala is hired by inner-planet President Ekrem to find it on her home planet, Hypatia. Ekrem strains Asala’s patience by insisting that his privileged, computer-savvy child, Niko, accompany her. Not everything about the mission is as it seems, however, as Asala and Niko soon discover that the Vela holds a secret that swings the future of the galaxy like a pendulum. Each individual episode combines complex characters with action and emotional tension, and they’re best read with pauses in between; an attempt to consume the entire “season” as though it were a novel makes its flaws very apparent. The story is somewhat drawn out and hampered by unnecessary detail, and Asala is a stereotype of the tough, emotionless action hero. This interplanetary voyage is diverting but ultimately forgettable. (Mar.)
Reviewed on : 02/13/2019 Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.