from description: Recorder has no family, no friends, and no name. Donated to the Consortium before birth, her sole purpose is to maintain and verify the records. A neural implant and drone ensure compliance, punishing for displays of bias.
Ashley mentioned this one as a book she was waiting for, and I preordered it. Not everyone loves science fiction, but Isaac Asimov hooked me with I Robot many long years ago, and I've been through many authors and books since then.
The Recorder, the protagonist in this story (Recorders have no name, only a number), fully believes in her duty, but she also forms her own opinions, even when she attempts to suppress them.
Recorder is sent on a mission to record what happened on a planet that went dark two years previously. There is a rescue contingent on board, but no one really believes there are survivors. Recorder's task is to document the operation and to retrieve the body of the Recorder who accompanied the original colonizers.
The mission goes awry, and Recorder, in an attempt to help save crew members, is injured. The injury and resultant surgery will result in changes she could never have believed possible.
Recorder is a promising debut by Cathy McCrumb, an exciting adventure, and a promise for more entertainment in the future. I look forward to more of these characters!
Enclave Books. Science fiction. Nov. 9, 2021. Print length: 304 pages.
I liked books 2, 3, and 4 better than the first of the Ellery Hathaway series, and although I was glad to see Ellery and Reed Markham again in this latest book, I wasn't as enthusiastic as many readers.
Last Seen Alive returns to the earliest story when serial killer Frances Coben agrees to a television documentary. The producers want Ellery to participate, and Coben says he will reveal where the remaining bodies are...if Ellery will be part of the program.
The two things that bothered me: 1) the concentration on the early brutal torture of Ellery (which is why the first book was not my favorite), and 2) although I don't believe the FBI is without faults, the agreement to go along with a sensationalized production and the subsequent FBI practices seemed so over-the-top and implausible that I was annoyed.
I was disappointed in this fifth (and final? as some have suggested) book, but almost all other readers have given it 5 stars.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Thriller. Jan. 25, 2022. Print length: 350 pages.
-----------If you have the opportunity to see Kenneth Branagh's Belfast, be sure and take it. Branagh has shaped tenderness and turbulence into a series of memories from 1969 as a family confronts the growing violence and faces decisions they never expected.
Incredible actors all around.
“For the ones who stayed. For the ones who left. And for all the ones who were lost.”