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Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
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Jul 24, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopian
Read on July 24, 2011

Durango has many problems in his life. He is dalit, a social pariah for failing to commit ritual suicide. In the highly stratified future Mars, dalit rank somewhere below the miners who have been used, abused, and discarded. First there were the Orthocrats, willing to terraform Mars under any circumstance. Then, came the CorpComs with legions of soldiers in battle suits. Left behind were the draeu, cannibalistic beings with no rhyne or reason, other than to kill and eat flesh. But Durango has other problems. He is a Regulator, an enhanced soldier. He is also an outcast, a dalit, without a house or master. He also happens to be in love with one of his subordinates which is forbidden by the Tenets that guide his life. He is also the son of a CorpCom CEO currently in prison. Oh, and then there's also the need to find the coin to eat. In his corner, he does have his AI input as a constant Jimininy Cricket-like helpmate. The the davos he commands on the impossible mission is a motley crew to be sure. A davos should contain ten soldiers, but Durango only has five, plus an acoloyte. The action is non-stop, and you will definitely want to know more about Durango, his future, and the terraformed Mars on which he lives. Will he survive against all odds? Will he live withinin the Tenets, or will he break the sacred bonds that bind him?

The world that David Macinnis Gill has created is an incredibly complex one. At the end of the novel, I am wanting more, but I'm left with so many questions. Don't get me wrong, I love a good, grungy story set in the future. I do. I really do, but many parts of the main character's background, and that of the world in which he lives are still not clear to me. I'm sure this is exactly as the author intended, but I think it may be a hard read for those unwilling to put in the time that it takes to get invested in this very complex world.


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07/24/2011 page 218
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59.0% "If you like the future grungy, or if you love Firefly, you will love Black Hole Sun."
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