I liked John Scalzi's Head On, a standalone follow-up to Lock In, which I have not read, but definitely need to read.
A mystery/FBI procedural set in the near future, Head On has agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann investigating an incident in which a Hilketa player dies on the field. Talk about a violent sport! But the thing is...the players are actually robotic bodies called threeps controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, a disease that paralyzes the body, but leaves the mind functional. So no one is really supposed to be physically injured.
Because I had not read Lock In, I had a little trouble initially understanding certain elements, but I caught up on the idea pretty quickly. I recommend reading Lock In first, but even without the previous book, Head On was an intriguing read-- sometimes amusing, sometimes feeling a bit too much like a conceivable future which added to the tension.
Read in April. Blog review scheduled for May 1.
Science Fiction. April 17, 2018. Print length: 336 pages.
Set in the far future of space travel, Odysseus Ascendant (#7 in the Odyssey One series) continues the battles of survival against The Empire. I've read all of these and enjoy each new installment.
This science fiction is known as Space Opera (Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.) Source
Think Star Wars, which is probably the best known space opera of all. The only thing missing is romance. Canadian author Evan Currie's characters are more concerned with friendship, duty, and allegiance.
The novels are full of adventure, suspenseful, and strangely believable. I look forward to each new offering!
Read in March; Blog review scheduled for May 1.
Science Fiction. May 8, 2018. Print length: 304 pages.