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Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
Published by Berkley on July 9, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.
But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.
And then they woke it up.
Salvation Day is a space opera thriller set in the future. The story is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters. Zahra and Jas are linked by their past and now in the present. They have never met really, but some of the same events are key to both their lives.
I had a little of the first book syndrome where I try to understand things as the world is being developed, along with characters at the same time. Since the world is very unlike real life now, it took awhile to grasp the state of the world and what was happening. Indeed, Zahra was functioning under a misapprehension for years as was much of the world.
Once I settled in, the plot is really very clever. There are some interesting twists. There is action, suspense, politics, and people who care about each other. I was very proud of Zahra and Jas by the end. For their youth, they were quite capable and compassionate. Both my mind and heart were engaged in reading. There are lessons here for today’s government. I recommend this one.
Not thinking about how insidiously easy it was to convince oneself that the burden of proving one’s humanity rested entirely on the shoulders of those in need of help, and not on those who could help but chose not to.
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