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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Book talk: Three science fiction novels

This week, Michael Popple looks at three recent science fiction novels that are well worth reading. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog: unseenlibrary.com

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Del Rey, $32.99

Ryland Grace has just woken up alone aboard a spaceship far from home. The sole survivor of a desperate mission to save Earth, Ryland is now humanity’s only hope. However, with his crewmates dead and his memories shattered, Ryland will need to solve the puzzle of the mission before he can attempt to save the world. The bestselling author of The Martian, Andy Weir returns with another epic piece of science fiction. Featuring an intense and powerful story of survival and scientific ingenuity, Project Hail Mary is an exceptional novel and one of the best science fiction books of the year.

The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy

Hodder & Stoughton, $32.99

When a meteor shower hits Earth, it brings both destruction and opportunity. The mining town of Northfall, Minnesota is now awash in omnimetal, a valuable mineral that will change the world. As a deadly new gold rush begins in Northfall, a small group of people will discover the true potential of this Ninth Metal. This is a fascinating novel from Percy that serves as the first entry in a planned series of interconnected science fiction books. This novel has a great concept and Percy weaves a captivating tale of greed, power and redemption that proves hard to put down.

Rabbits by Terry Miles

Macmillan, $32.99

Welcome to the hidden game known as ‘Rabbits’, where participants follow patterns, coincidences and obscure clues. No one knows the full truth behind the game, nor its rewards, but everyone agrees it will change your life, as long as it does not kill you. A new player, K, is about to start his first game, however, something is terribly wrong and all of reality is at stake. This is a complex debut from Miles that takes the reader on an unusual thrill ride. Featuring a unique and clever storyline, Rabbits proves to be an intriguing and compelling novel that will stick in the mind.

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