Author: N.J. Tanger
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: 5 Stars
On the verge of extinction, the Stephen’s Point colony must take desperate measures to save themselves. Without communication or resupply from Earth for the last fifteen years, the colony has but one chance to survive: restore the ancient starship Chimera and train a young crew to pilot her. The fate of the entire colony rests on the shoulders of a pair of misfits: Theo Puck, a sixteen-year-old hacker with a gift for speaking to machines, and fifteen-year-old Selena Samuelson, a brash but talented pilot with a dark secret in her past.
To Theo, the Mandate to crew the Chimera seems like a game—one he isn’t invited to play. A brutal murder changes everything. Left with no choice, Theo has to complete the Selection training and make it aboard the Chimera or face terrible consequences.
Selena wants to do what she does best—fly. Piloting her father’s ore trawler is the only life she’s known before a horrifying accident strands her aboard the Hydra, the station responsible for rebuilding the Chimera. Forced into the Mandate testing against her will, Selena encounters an unexpected ally, forever changing the way she sees the Chimera and herself.
Forced to make brutal choices in order to survive, Theo and Selena’s fates intertwine. But behind the scenes, someone else sets into motion events that could destroy everything they’re fighting to protect.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Science Fiction isn’t generally my favorite genre. I tend to get lost in the technobabble of the fictional science. I’ll admit, going into Chimera by N.J. Tanger, I was a little lost. I didn’t sink into the story right away—it didn’t last long, though. By the end of the first chapter, I was engrossed in the story.
The characters were unique and full of depth. They led very different lives from one another, and they each had separate motivations for wanting to get on board the Chimera. They felt more like real people than characters. Though I have the feeling that the author hasn’t even barely begun to scratch the surface of the plot behind this series, the book was filled with suspense, mystery, action and adventure. The world building, like the characters, was intricate and well fleshed out.
Honestly, other than the short period of time where I sat back and wondered at the complexity of the book sitting before me, I have nothing to complain about. There were no obvious technical problems with the narrative. The characters were logical and well-dialogued. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. If you’re looking for a solid start to a brand new science fiction series, I’d highly recommend that you check this out. I can’t wait to get a hold of the rest of the series.