Let’s say the Earth was dying. The Earth was dying and you had the option to either just die or to identify and move to another planet, which would you do? It doesn't matter which because even if Earth was dying, we don’t have the option of inter-planetary migration. It’s 2014. You’d think we would. This preamble gains relevance the further you read. I swear.
I read ‘Irradiance’ lately; the first book in the ‘Dream Guild Chronicles’ by David Bruns and it was great.
It’s another day as usual on the planet Sindra, where weather patterns and radiation from the sun have been steadily getting out of control. Maribel, an astrophysicist on the planet discovers that these weather patterns mean their sun is dying and that their only hope for survival as a race is inter-planetary colonisation. Unlike for us on Earth, this is actually an option for them so this is a fine idea, except there are certain forces intent on their carefully crafted and maintained society being kept together, even if the only way to do that is through grave endangerment.
The book is the first in a series and reads as such. There seemed a lot of plot set up for further development. Which is great because the plot is a damn good one. The Sindran society presented in the book and the planet Sindra itself seem so familiar yet distant in relation to Earth. Their society appears prosperous and peaceful and the people seem driven and focused but despite this, something sinister lurks. The entire society is homogenous but they didn’t get that way through natural selection. Maribel works as an astrophysicist but not because she necessarily wants to. It’s so perfect but the perfection only floats like scum on a base of fucked-upness.
I felt sort of cold reading this. Yes, it is ‘winter’ where I live right now but not cold like that. Sort of prickly, the way I would feel when I watched the ‘X-Files’. This book has a darkness to it which really appealed to me. It was really exciting and fast-paced as well, it just kept hitting, and then hitting some more. My one thing is that is ends on a cliff-hanger, really unexpectedly and I was very upset about that.
It was great though. A really sort of easy and engaging sci-fi read Four stars out of five. AND THE NEXT IN THE SERIES IS AVAILABLE. USE THE LINKS BELOW.