Cry Pilot

Joel Dane. Ace, $16 trade paper (416p) ISBN 978-1-984802-52-1
Riveting action paired with a sharp psychoemotional landscape combine for the explosive launch of a futuristic trilogy (the first voyage of the Dane pseudonym for an established author). Centuries in the future, humans live in tiny corporate enclaves while the ruined Earth undergoes terra fixing, a process that sometimes creates biological horrors. Maseo Kaytu is a refugee with a secret, which makes it hard for him to enlist in the corporate military, but through a touch of chicanery and a stint as a cry pilot—human “keys” needed to engage highly technological, high-lethality vehicles known as CAVs—he earns his place in Group Aleph for basic training. The group is part of a program that’s been formed to address the rising threat of entities called lampreys. It’s not an easy road through basic training, but he manages as part of a squad that becomes closer than family despite his checkered past. Frequent adrenaline-rush action scenes make up most of the novel, interspersed with Kaytu’s internal narrative and experiences. This is an intriguing, thoughtful exploration of what a corporatized future might look like, liberally peppered with scenes of military life. Agent: Caitlin Blasdell, Liza Dawson Assoc. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 06/18/2019
Release date: 08/06/2019
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Audio book sample courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio
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