Thank you to Orbit and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway
Book: Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson
Release Date: October 26th 2021
Tags: Sci-Fi | Space Opera | Artificial Intelligence | Space Ships | Locked Room Mystery
Trigger/Content Warnings: Gore | Cannibalism | Racism | Sexism | Colonalism
The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years to bring one thousand sleeping souls to a new home among the stars. But when first mate Michelle Campion rouses, she discovers some of the sleepers will never wake.
Answering Campion’s distress call, investigator Rasheed Fin is tasked with finding out who is responsible for these deaths. Soon a sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, one that will have repercussions for the entire system—from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems, and indeed to Earth itself
Far from the Light of Heaven is an interesting story about the colony ship Ragtime who is being piloted by an AI and first mate Michelle. But when Michelle is jolted out of her sleep she finds there has been murders aboard the ship. How is that possible? A space ship locked room mystery!
Especially the first half of the story carries a suspense that it should as a locked room mystery. We get a look at the situation through Michelle’s eyes and new eyes as an investigator Finn comes aboard with his AI companion. We are slowly getting to know these characters. An interesting addition are Michelle’s godfather and his daughter. Well mostly his daughter as she is half-alien and sees things quite differently.
However as the plot turns to survival and away from the locked room mystery I lost some of my captivation for the story. The ending also felt needlessly abrupt and with a conclusion that didn’t feel like anything was solved. Not really. I was left quite dissatisfied.