by D.B. Libby
Createspace (2014) Paperback, 268
An entertaining Sci-Fi/Crime Thriller set in the not too distant future. After the Great Weather Change, new cities are built atop the old, and citizens are not required to work, having their basic needs, such as food and shelter, provided for by the government. Adjunct Investigator Rennard and Prime Investigator Clair are paired together in a case that centers around the tampering of official records. Rennard was chosen for this particular case because he has a gift for identifying Origines, a human hybrid that is a remnant of the Mine Wars on the Moon a decade earlier.
The descriptions of the landscape, daily life and the industrially fabricated food reminds me of a scaled-down Blade Runner. There is a bit of fun as well, as Rennard and Clair slowly become attached sexually, where they travel from the slums below the line, all the way to the man-made tropical paradise on the Moon. I would liken the story to a Science Fiction Romantic Comedy-that is, until the end, where Rennard learns some hard lessons about his past, as well as the finer points of being set-up.
This is an excellent story that kept me engaged; I particularly enjoyed Libby’s description of the future, and I can actually envision some of his ideas coming true one day. I really didn’t see the ending coming, which in my opinion is a hallmark of a great story. Highly recommended for fans of Lovecraft and the film Blade Runner.
(4 out of 5)