DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Random House / Hydra, June 21st, 2016
Malcolm Graves is a collector. Essentially he perform tasks and gets paid. His employer has sent him on a dangerous new mission and they are demanding answers. After a shuttle is about to launch, sending new citizens to Titan, a moon occupied by humans, an explosion occurs derailing everyone's plans and sending everyone into a panic. Malcolm's employer wants answers and they want them now.
After thirty years on the job, he is teamed up with Zhaff, a strange robotic creature who functions as such. Obsessed with truth, statistics, and showing no emotional personality whatsoever, it's a strained relationship at first. But as the two start traveling across the galaxy in search for answers, they form a tight bond that allows them to discover answers to questions they didn't even know they had. And when they find out who is behind the bombing, everything they once believed in, crumbles.
This entry into the sci-fi world is a good one, reminiscent of old Asimov novels in the Robot series between Daneel the robot and his sidekick as they try to solve crimes. Bruno does a good job at keeping the reader engaged an pulls them along for the ride before dropping a bomb on them in the end. It is my hope that he writes a sequel. The book has a good suspenseful feel to it as well as its sci-fi components. Bottom line is this book is a sci-fi murder mystery and we are fortunately brought along for the ride.
He does a great job at world-building in an already existent world. Drawing upon cultural differences, he makes the tenuous relationship between Titan and Earth seem real. In a good, old-fashioned whodunit, he slowly starts revealing more and more to the story that gives the reader a nice, comfortable, plot with very enjoyable characters. I am also reading the Saga graphic novel series and towards the end, Zhaff reminded me a lot of the "Lying Cat" character from there (if you are unfamiliar with this series, you need to start reading it now!).
My only critique of this book is that it unfortunately does drag a little bit in the middle. I felt as if the story started to get a little muddy, and I was ready to get to the end. Don't let this deter you from reading it. The ending more than makes up for this. Typically when a story drags, it makes me rush through it but that didn't happen here. I just felt like it could've been written with a bit more urgency.
Overall this was a great book and I definitely recommend it. If Bruno decides to write a follow-up, I'll be the first to jump on that ship - unless it blows up too.
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