Splintered suns / Michael Cobley.
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 0356509664 9780356509662 (pbk.) :
For Pyke and his crew it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device then use it to find a ship buried in the planet's vast and trackless sandy wastes. Except that the museum vault is a bio-engineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought-after by another gang of treasure hunters led by an old adversary of Pyke's, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key, a relic to unlock all the treasures and technologies of a lost civilisation.
Series: Humanity's fire
485 pages ; 20 cm.
I eventually got into the book and enjoyed the writing. Cobley writes good descriptions that kept my interest but they don't compensate for the lame story telling. Cobley frequently rushes and skips through the large chunks of story AND, worse of all, the Deus ex machina trope gets used again, and again, and again. So much so that it turns good writing into a competition of lameness. I got this book because it was on a best sellers list for sci-fi and had received a good review somewhere (the Guardian?). Obviously, when it comes to plot, a lot of people must have low standards. This book gets two stars instead of one because of the good writing that can be found within but there isn't enough of it for me to recommend the book to anyone.
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