Back to book reviews! I won this ARC in an Instagram giveaway hosted by Simon & Schuster. This is my first time reading a book by William Shatner (!!). I’m a big Star Trek fan – so of course I geeked out when it arrived.
In the year 2050, the United States sends the FBI to govern its space station, the Empyrean. Under the command of former fighter pilot and FBI field agent Samuel Lord, the space based “Zero-G” men are in charge of investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and of keeping an eye on the rival Chinese and Russian stations.
During the Zero-G team’s first days in space, a mysterious and beautiful scientist, Dr. May, shows up to the Empyrean claiming that important research has been stolen from her lab on the moon. Her arrival suspiciously coincides with timing of a tsunami that destroys part of the coast of Japan, and her unusual behavior makes Director Lord think that Dr. May might know more about the disaster than she’s letting on. Meanwhile, the Chinese space station has gone mysteriously silent. – Goodreads
I’d describe this book as a sci-fi mystery, with a lot of politics thrown in. It’s not my typical read, but it was pretty engaging and I flew through it. The plot was tightly paced and suspenseful, with a few unexpected twists. The science and technology featured in the story didn’t overwhelm the plot, which is a problem a lot of sci-fi books run into. Plot-wise, Zero-G was an enjoyable read.
Unfortunately, I feel like the book stumbled a bit when it came to characterization. Most of the characters were flat representations, often leaning on cultural stereotypes. Character backgrounds were very slim, which made it hard to care about whether they survived to the end of the book. The one exception was a character named Adsila Waters, a young Cherokee FBI officer who is (incorrectly) labelled as pangender. Waters had been genetically modified with the ability to change physical sex at will. Their personality and background was pretty fleshed out – I would enjoy reading a series centred around them. There were hints of a sequel at the end of the book, and I hope Waters is present in the next one.
Zero G is now available for purchase.