Thursday, 7 June 2018
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Adrift - Rob Boffard
In the far reaches of space, a tour group embarks on what will be the trip of a lifetime - in more ways than one . . .
For one small group, a tour of the nearby Horsehead Nebula is meant to be a short but stunning highlight in the trip of a lifetime.
But when a mysterious ship destroys Sigma Station and everyone on it, suddenly their tourist shuttle is stranded.
They have no weapons. No food. No water. No one back home knows they're alive.
And the mysterious ship is hunting them.
Books that try something different are often the ones that stay with me long after the final page is turned, and for me that is a key selling point for this book by Rob Boffard. Whilst its essentially a survival story after a mystery attack on the Red Panda's destination, its one where we get to see how a small space with unknown consequences can be the best place to see emotional context and character development come to the fore which is exactly what this book does.
The plot is relatively simple when you look at it and whilst this is the key, what the author has done is wonderfully flesh out the relatively small cast into not only individual leading cast members but a community cast that develops and works well from each other as the tale develops. The prose is sharp, the dialogue wonderfully abrupt at points and you can feel the tensions reach climaxes due to the natural pressures which made everyone feel quite real to the reader.
All round a cracking book and definitely one I'm going to be recommending to a good few people this year. Magic.