From Darkest Skies
After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keon Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife's personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one...more
Sam Peters’ From Darkest Skies is a sci-fi crime thriller that follows Keona Rause, an intelligence agent who returns from Earth to the colony world of Magenta to solve the years-old murder of his wife, fellow agent Alysha. The twist is that he has secretly brought with him an artificial (and illegal) reconstruction of his late wife, whose memories and personality are culled from public records in this casually accepted, media saturated ...more
but only metaphorically, because, y'know, i'm typing this right now.
but holy shit. holy shit this was phenomenal.
the plot was absolutely incredible and i'm trying to figure out how to convey to you how amazing it is without giving it away. it is astonishingly complex and clever, and completely unpredictable, especially the ending. there was a cliffhanger, but the best sort; where the main mystery is wrapped up, but suddenly SURPRISE! here's this extra thing that you literally ...more
The beginning is a bit slower, but not the kind that drags on and on and you’re wondering if you’re going to continue or not. It’s the kind of slow where you’re getting to know the character really well before the meat ...more
Anyway, genre ...more
From darkest skies is about a grieving husband, an AI trying to solve her *own* murder and a crime team to investigating a new version of a drug.
Keon Rouse, a government agent after the death of his wife Alysha, left his planet Magenta. He returns home after being accused of theft and is immediately involved in an investigation of a drug that has killed many and is projected to kill a lot more.
Keon unable to move on after his wife’s death decides to build an AI called Liss ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this book. I had assumed it would be pretty much a straight science fiction novel heavily featuring AI with a bit of mystery. Instead Peters has created an exciting high-concept sci-fi-meets-crime story with a dash of noir.
The rich world building in From Darkest Skies was my favourite part of the book. Peters doesn’t dump ...more
From Darkest Skies is a science-fiction thriller that follows our main character Keon Rause, as he is sent back to his home world of Magenta where he must face his past and try to make a new life for himself. However, his past always haunts him thanks to the shell of his wife he created following her untimely death. As he falls back into the role he previously held within the intelligence service of Magenta, Keon can’t help but ...more
Keon Rouse has , since the death of his wife Alysha in a bombing on the colony world Magenta , spent the last five years on Earth .
After a security breach and the theft of one of the 'Masters'' objects from a display, for which he is held responsible - he is given just 15 hours to leave Earth and return to Magenta .
He has brought with him an ...more
An absorbing SF/crime thriller with strong characterisation surfing above some inventive and intricate world building.
Government Agent Rouse returns to the distant planet of Magenta to continue his duties whilst secretly investigating the murder of fellow agent and wife, Alysha. He has brought with him an illegal AI shell of her, built from her data footprint. Can Rouse find out what really happened on that train whilst tackling corporate crime and the drugs trade ...more
The plot felt like it jumped around and a lot and was written in a very casual manner (the consistent use of man as a term of endearment which I found grating). The descriptions felt quite rushed and I found the plot ...more
Shows the madness of losing someone close to you, how that can effect the day to day of life and seem quite normal if actually not.
All tied under a space mystery with a variety of archetypal detectives on a strange futuristic world (still filled with all the same problems as the present). Story is good if not great, characterization and themes make it a tale you have to get to the end of.
A rather enjoyable bit of SF with some nice world building. The investigation/thriller part could have done with being stronger but it's promising for a first novel and I am hoping that there will be a follow up that expands the background and follows some of the loose ends.
The plot is excellent. I liked the characters and the writing.
This is absorbing and a brilliant read.
I was lucky to win this through Goodreads Giveways.
Warning: There are one or two spoilers included in this review concerning characters and their involvement in the plot.
I was so excited when I received my copy of From Darkest Skies. A science-fiction thriller where a grieving husband uses an A.I. recreation of his wife to try and solve the riddle of her mysterious death, I was ready to have my mind ...more
Agent Keon Rause has been in mourning for five years over his wife Agent Alysha Rause, but ...more
This is solid and dependable stuff. Think of a mismatched crew of investigators, led by Rause, all with different skills and mysterious backgrounds. Think of a ...more
There's some interesting worldbuilding. I would have liked a little more detail here, a little less there, but your mileage will vary.
The crime aspect is a bit muddled but not seriously. I was able to figure a few things out quite early, but without a why or how that wasn't a problem.
The invisibility suit comes VERY close to ...more
The characters were caricatures. Well drawn back lacking depth.
The story kicked along at a good pace and was engaging.
The twist at the end was odd and added nothing to the story. It should have been woven in earlier to greater effect.
A planet put together in a game with the authors friends. The same amount of care seems to have been given to its literary worth.
Starts out well, gets seriously bogged down in details, relationships, confusing plot twists and red herrings. too many characters to keep straight and then evens out somewhat towards the end. A fairly decent murder mystery set on a distant planet in the future. Might read the sequel just to see what happens next but I won't rush to do so.