After Atlas by Emma Newman (Planetfall)
Published by Roc on November 8, 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley, Publisher
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Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.
To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes...
Note: I received an advanced copy of AFTER ATLAS from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
- There are wheels within wheels as the mystery of who killed a famous cult leader expands beyond an apparently simple murder-suicide. It kept me turning pages and finding “just another couple of minutes” as I followed the protagonist, Carlos Moreno, from one continent to another. He can’t let a puzzle go unsolved, and apparently neither can I.
- The setting is a gritty, dystopian Earth that is realistic enough to be incredibly scary. Democratic governments ousted by ruling corporations, fake food printed out of ATMs, marginalized people ending up as life-long indentured servants, and everyone connected to a digital grid. Emma Newman has put a lot of thought into how current trends could continue to logical end points.
- I really liked Carlos Moreno. He is a survivor with a sense of humor, and no matter what gets thrown at him, he keeps going. While he is tough and resilient, he also has moments when emotions break through in very believable scenes. While the book has a sort of film noir feel to it, the characters have much more depth and complexity.
- Although this novel is set in the same universe as Planetfall and takes place some decades after Atlas launched, you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. (Anya’s note: though you should because it’s also AMAZING!)
- I am not a fan of books set in the present tense. It is often jarring, expecially once the final chapter is reached. Still, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book very often.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
After Atlas by Emma Newman
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