on 21 September 2011
It's 2310 and the human race have long since abandoned the Earth, the usual cultural, political and environmental issues conspired against us and were compounded by a global disaster which help give birth to a genuine genetic offshoot the Psions. The power these people were gifted with came at a price, to fuel their talents they have to "mind rape" and kill humans for a substance inherent in the brain. This act authorised the sanctioning of automatic death penalties for any Psion found and even civilians murdering them was acceptable.
Magnius Zoleki is a Psion who has been hidden for decades both from his own people and the public at large, married with a successful business on the planet Fantasti his life is turned upside down when his secret is revealed and his wife leaves him and those who once thought he was dead come a calling. His personal dilemma plays against the political cold war between the major human power blocks in this part of the galaxy which then get shook up by the discovery of unknown probe in orbit around a populated world, suddenly the bickering between humans and even Psions may not be that important.
I enjoyed Astra:Synchronicity even though it was a little difficult to follow at times, the overall story is fascinating and the characters do take a while to warm up to but eventually you can cheer on the "hero" of the piece. It's certainly worth a read at the price and I will be buying the next books in the series The Reckoning The Harrowing.
on 24 June 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book (and its sequel). Good different kind of story, which was exciting had a fast paced tempo and good characters, though character descriptions did come piecemeal during the story so many characters for me changed their appearance during reading, (hopefully this is the authors growing pains). A good read!