Lacuna: Demons of the Void is a space-hopping science fiction novel with a strong military them to it. This is not normally the kind of book I enjoy, but I found it a very compelling read.
The story opens with an alien attack on the Earth. This unprovoked and mysterious assault leads Earth's bigger power blocks to construct three massive starships to make up the core of Earth's defence. It's a good set up, but once the foundations are set, the book uses them to explore concepts of personal politics, multicultural interaction and even a bit of gender politics. In true Star Trek fashion, we get to see science fiction used to explore the world around us a little more. Overall, the book reminded me a lot of both Star Trek and the Mass Effect games, which is a nice genre to see explored in original fiction.
There were a few problems that jarred me as I read through, mainly that the story sometimes unfolds a little conveniently. Characters always seem to find just what they need, just in time, with just enough spanners thrown in the works to stop it being too easy. But, this is a small gripe and definitely not a deal breaker.
I can recommend Lacuna to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi/action read. The plot bounces along nicely and it's all set within a universe that has a lot of character. I will definitely be buying the second book in the series.