Transient City by Al Onia
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Curious… I’ve just re-read the book blurb and it seems far more exciting than the story I’ve read. It promises you some inner struggle for the main character, something I found lacking. Anyway, I didn’t start it well. The book is enjoyable and it has some good moments.
Yes, the beginning is rather slow but all the sci-fi part is interesting and rather well crafted. Author made it easy to imagine the world in which our characters are trying to survive. It did remind me a bit of “The Heartland Trilogy” with all the flying cities and boats and cruelty of the world around. But that’s about all the similarities you’ll get. You won’t stay on Earth on this book. The mining colony you’ll visit is a rough world not only because of the environment but also the cities, the people, the constant changes. It’s because of one of these changes – a city transfer of few people and their living compartments – Victor has to switch his job from being a Witness to slowly becoming a detective.
But I’ve probably lost you at “Victor” ;). He’s the main character and he has a certain gift (or curse as some would say) – he never forgets. This curious skill of his got him a job as a Witness – he basically gets called to crime scenes to remember each detail just in case it was needed later. It just happens the woman he used to love moves into Transient City and her husband disappears. Victor is the person assigned to find out what happened.
Maybe, at first, I was a bit skeptic about this story, but as the story progressed I got more and more involved. It all had its charm – the world, the mystery, the characters (and their names). You also won’t miss on some excitement and thrilling moments when the main characters get into trouble.
And the mystery, because that’s what it’s all about, is well plotted with more and more surprising elements being added all the time. You thought you have it all figured out when the author reveals the killer? Well, you’re wrong! There’s much more going on there.
So, did I like the story? Yes, even though it had a slow beginning and even though I’m not really into science fiction novels or noir mysteries. That should tell you enough to at least check out the book :).
Will you give this book a try?
Do you like this type of novels?