Architects of Memory (The Memory War #1)
By: Karen Osborne
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of Tor.com (Netgalley)
Millions died after the first contact. An alien weapon holds the key to redemption—or annihilation. Experience Karen Osborne’s unforgettable science fiction debut, Architects of Memory.
Terminally ill salvage pilot Ash Jackson lost everything in the war with the alien Vai, but she’ll be damned if she loses her future. Her plan: to buy, beg, or lie her way out of corporate indenture and find a cure. When her crew salvages a genocidal weapon from a ravaged starship above a dead colony, Ash uncovers a conspiracy of corporate intrigue and betrayal that threatens to turn her into a living weapon.
Another book I discovered while browsing NetGalley. The book gave me James S.A. Corey’s Expanse and Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy. I was approved an eARC of this book from the publishers. This book will be released on 08 September 2020.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fairly action-packed from the get-go, the story and events always moving forward, something always happening to the characters or in response to events and decisions made. I can see this being a tv show, actually, it’s got enough action and intrigue to keep the audience guessing, and indeed I was glued to my eReader eager to find out what was next. There’s some corporate conspiracies and meddling happening in the backdrop which was pretty intriguing, and the presence of aliens in this story and world felt realistic and present enough
At the heart of what I loved about the book was the characters. While we got to know Ash as she is the main character in this book we also got to know her colleagues fairly well. I grew to care for the characters and worried for their fates. I especially felt for Ash because as the above book blurb mentioned she’s terminally ill and working to gain citizenship but her backstory is pretty heartbreaking in a way; maybe I was in a rather sentimental mood when I was reading the book but I really just wanted everything happy and peaceful for her.
Architects of Memory is an excellent debut novel and first book in a series. It’s reminiscent of favourite sci-fi/space opera series such as James S.A. Corey’s Expanse and Rachel Bach’s Paradox and I’d be curious to read further in the series and follow the characters onward and delve more into the corporate shenanigans. Highly recommended!