A propulsive science fiction tale of murder and memory, all set on a futuristic space station.
Hundreds of miles above Earth, the space station Ciudad de Cielo – The City in the Sky – is a beacon of hope for humanity’s expansion into the stars. But not everyone aboard shares such noble ideals.
Bootlegging, booze, and prostitution form a lucrative underground economy for rival gangs, which the authorities are happy to turn a blind eye to until a disassembled corpse is found dancing in the micro-gravity.
In charge of the murder investigation is Nikki “Fix” Freeman, who is not thrilled to have Alice Blake, an uptight government goody-two-shoes, riding shotgun. As the bodies pile up, and the partners are forced to question their own memories, Nikki and Alice begin to realize that gang warfare may not be the only cause for the violence.
Alice Blake arrives from Earth to overhaul CdC’s security system. She is part of the Federal National Government as a representitive. When she arrives she is met with agression and suspicion. Those that be decide that they can’t cover up such a violent and gruesome murder for long so they eventually hand over the investigation over to Alice. The only thing she wishes to help her aid her investigation is to be teamed up with Nikki Freeman (also known as Nikki Fixx), a hardcore ex LAPD officer with a reputation to match.
The narrative within the story gives us plenty time to get to know the characters. I particularly enjoyed the fact that we have two strong female protagonists. Their strength has been written well and you can associate and have a connection to them from their backstories and personalities. I enjoyed the back and forth of the two characters throughout the book and the distrust and suspicion between them. Ultimately they accept that they may be two peas in a pod but they are working towards a common goal. I felt invested in the characters and their outcome was important to me.
Brookmyre has done a stellar Job at immersing his readers into an unknown world and although the characters are complex and intruiging, you do genuinely care about their outcome and story. After reading about the author, I was shocked to discover that this was his first Sci-Fi novel and that his background is steeped in Crime fiction. He has obviously used his skill at being a great crime writer and has teamed that with political connotations. The story flows beautifully and really did have me on the edge of my seat.