Title: In Heaven And Earth
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
Sub-Genre: Speculative Fiction / Science Fiction
When the crew of the Medical Explorer Juniper arrive at the space city of Caelestia, they are horrified to find it floating airless in space with thousands of its people dead. The only survivor is a cyborg gardener, Vairya, who has been left amnesiac and terrified, barely able to choke out a few words: “It could happen again.”
As ex-military doctor Reuben Cooper explores the illusory rose garden of Vairya’s memory, where Vairya himself flirts and hides among the flowers, he discovers a terrible threat, not just to the crew of the Juniper but to all humanity.
Can four doctors and a cyborg fight a merciless enemy that can kill with a touch?
Wow. I’ve come to love Ms Durreson’s stories (mostly I read her fantasy stories), and this one just reinforces my opinion of her abilities. If you like science fiction / speculative fiction, then this one’s for you. Great world building, complex characters, and a mysterious disaster.
Due to a man-made disaster on Earth, or Old Earth as it has come to be known, life no longer exists on the planet. However, humans did reach the stars—with varying results. Some systems crashed and burned (so to speak), some struggle along, and some have actually managed to become self-sufficient enough to reach out to—and help—other systems. No aliens, just humans struggling along as they tend to do.
Reuben Cooper learned about life the hard way. He’s a doctor, well-read, has pretty much given up on tact (and people), and has a habit of quoting literature so ancient most people have no idea what he’s talking about. I really liked him.
Vairya is what I’d call a realistic optimist.
They are both heroes, in their own ways.
I don’t want to say too much, but what I can say is that this story is what speculative fiction is all about. Most of the story has a ominous feel, but the ending is hopeful, and I find that reflects humanity perfectly.
Well worth the read, and since it’s free, there’s no reason not to download it.
Reviewed By: Alison
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