This book begins as two related but separate stories. One is the tale of the survivors of a destroyed starship scrambling to figure out who attacked them. The other is the tale of a detective searching for a missing girl. These two stories converge at the midpoint.
The world in this book feels realistic. We see humanity spread out across the solar system, yet without the ability to travel amongst the stars.
There is plenty of conflict from within the human race, but as these characters begin to learn more about their situations they realise that they face a greater threat – one that came from beyond the solar system in prehistoric times.
I enjoyed the blend of space opera and noir-detective genres. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the great threat. We learn a lot about it, but there is still much we don’t know, which left me hungry at the end for the next book. I look forward to continuing this series.