NASA discovers a lost, derelict ship floating out in space and decides to investigate it. They assemble a team comprised of many experts in their fields including Dr. Jane Halloway - a specialist in dead and dying languages. According to all the reports, all of NASA's tests have confirmed the ship is empty. They were wrong.
Once aboard, the ship begins speaking to Dr. Halloway. Thinking she is crazy, she quickly realizes that the voices she hears are inside her head from the ship. "You are home," they tell her. But what danger lurks on this once-thought empty vessel will have the reader on the edge of his/her seat. If she is going to survive, Dr. Halloway has to decide who to trust - the ship that knows everything about her or her crew.
Wells really does a spectacular job at setting up an original plot here utilizing linguistics as a branch of science applicable to alien spacecraft. The characters feel real, well developed, and the reader is able to empathize with each one as they face their own trials.
This book moves fast so hang on because its a good one. Many sci-fi novels have adapted the "lost ship" premise but this book feels different. Stated as the first in a series, though no other follow up books have been released, the ending definitely sets up an opening for more and after reading this one, I believe most readers will be chomping for more.
UPDATE: Jenn Foehner Wells has just released the sequel, Remanence so make sure you check it out!
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