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Pete Harris has a real ear for language, with each characters' internal musings told in a different style and sentence structure. This way of giving the reader an insight into each character's soul in such a direct manner makes the reader genuinely route for each of the characters, which goes a long way to making the novel so endearing.
Miasma passed my 'commuter test'. This means that when I was reading it I seriously contemplated missing my stop and being late for work just so that I could see what happens next. If you like science fiction, and you're looking for something different, I'd give it a read.
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Miasma by Pete Alex Harris is set on the planet of Misama; a wet, swampy planet surrounded by a gaseous cloud that filters out quite a bit of sunlight. Readers are led to believe that Miasma is aptly named because of its atmospheric qualities; however, as the story line progresses, readers learn that there is more behind the meaning of the planet's name.
Miasma revolves around three central characters:
Tanaka Emi is a polite, soft-spoken, dignified, and bookish female. Her career choice on Miasma might be described as archivist, transcriber, and librarian.
Lanton is an active and rugged male that one might label as "the dumb jock." He is a packet runner, a courier that runs between settlements to deliver lightweight parcels containing research papers, books, transcriptions, and written messages.
Mokan is Miasma's mad scientist and inventor. If he isn't offending his peers in the settlement with his arrogance, he is disgusting the females with his libidinous nature.
Each part of the book is written in the first-person point of view, and readers have a chance to experience three distinct points of view. Out of respect for Pete Alex Harris, I will not spoil the plot for readers; however, I will say this: Miasma is a combination science fiction and mystery story. The three central characters in the book are working together to solve the mystery of the "monsters" on Miasma, and trying to solve their own personal mysteries.
Given the title, I was expecting a darker story line with characters that were cynical and depressed. Instead, I discovered vibrant and rich characters with distinctive and unique personalities. Miasma's story flows effortlessly from one point of view to the next; readers have to really pay attention to the different points of view in order to find clues to solve the story's central mystery and each character's personal mysteries.
I am glad that I was given the opportunity to read this terrific sci-fi/mystery novel! Miasma by Pete Alex Harris is one of those books that readers will want to read again: the characters are likeable in their own ways, the story line has subtleties that I know I missed during the first reading, and the plot is intriguing.