Reviewed by Katy Oâ€™Dowd
Yâ€™see, I didnâ€™t know this until after Iâ€™d read the book and had a look at the website, and I feel it only fair to add a disclaimer in case I miss anything out – Mindjammer is a roleplaying game, in a far future transhuman space opera setting. Well, so is the book, but without the roleplaying bit, though you could, I suppose act out what the characters are doing if you donâ€™t mind the cat looking at you funny. Just wanted to clear that up, as the only games I have any real knowledge of are Crazy Taxi and Tekken Tag. Ahem.
Iâ€™m kind of glad though, that I didnâ€™t know, so I reviewed the book as a book, if you see what I mean.
And oh my goodness me, what a book! I havenâ€™t enjoyed, nay loved something quite so much for quite some time. Yes, it is complex, but what a fine example of superb writing and equally superb world building. But itâ€™s not complex in a shutting you out kind of way, Sarah Newtonâ€™s pure skill at character and action description makes sure of that.
So, picture this, new worlds, sentient beings â€“ and not just humans â€“ amazing settings, non-stop action, clever twists and turns, morality, religion, politics, war, choice, no choice at all, people who arenâ€™t quite what they seem, and a wonderful spaceship which is an intelligent being in its own right. Sounds good, right? Well, let me tell you, it is.
Spooky as all hell too. Thereâ€™s the Mindscape which everyone is plugged into, so your thoughts are common knowledge. Thereâ€™s the Commonality of Humankind, hyper-advanced technologies â€“ it is the seventeenth millennium after all â€“ and the SCI Force special ops team lead by Thaddeus Clay.
And thatâ€™s just the beginning.
Add to the mix the creepy ideal of immortality and youâ€™re starting to scratch the surface.
Mindjammer is an exceptionally well written sci-fi/space opera, full to the brim of non-stop action, battles and characters who not only have to question their own motives, but those of others around them in the Second Age of Space.
A complete page turner, if youâ€™re anything like me youâ€™ll whizz through it. I actually felt excited reading Mindjammer, and can recommend it really highly. Special shout out to the cover artist too, havenâ€™t seen anything that good since Chris Foss.
Awesome book, and Iâ€™ll look forward to more.