DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Set in the future, "Linesman" tells the story of Ean, a level 10 linesman that has a unique way of doing things. The lines connect ships and allow them to enter the void and travel throughout space. There are 10 levels of lines, ranging from the simple #1 to the more complex #10. Ean's job is to fix and repair these lines when they become damaged. The book starts out with Ean being employed by Rigel, a lower end cartel, but takes a turn when he is sold to another group in search of a level 10. Ean begins to fix the lines by singing to them - something that really causes most people to doubt his level 10 status. But once an alien spaceship is discovered, everyone in the galaxy races to discover the technology that might be on board. The only problem is, if you get close to it, it explodes. And once someone makes this mistake, everything changes when a line 11 is discovered.
The first half of this book was great. If flowed, was written well with nicely developed characters, and had a good pace. Unfortunately, once things start going, they become jumbled, confusing, and a billion other characters are introduced. Dunstall really lost me as a ready half way through. Personally, I thought this book was ridiculously and unnecessarily long, and at only 384 pages, that should say something. It wasn't the worst sci-fi novel I've ever read, but I really struggled to keep up with what was going on towards the end. And once I turned the last e-page, no part of me was upset.
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