Review: Light Chaser by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell

Authors: Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: August 24, 2021
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

Light Chaser is a new speculative science fiction novella written by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell. It’s perfect for readers that love expansive space operas.

Amahle is what is known as a Light Chaser. She’s an explorer, traveling across the universe all by herself. Okay, she isn’t entirely alone. She has an AI to run the ship, and she comes across hundreds of humans each year, learning their stories as she goes.

Every place Amahle stops, she leaves behind devices that will capture the voices and stories of those she leaves behind. Later, she’ll come back to collect and listen to those stories. Only, she’s starting to notice a pattern as she does so. The same voice keeps reaching out through the eons.

“I think I’m finally scared.”

It doesn’t matter what your definition is, Light Chaser is by and far one of the most out there science fiction novels available. Both literally and figuratively. The writers strive to push the human mind and imagery to a whole new level.

This was a fascinating science fiction novella, one that had an interesting story to tell. I admit that I struggled to get into the narrative at first, mostly because the first chapter is so jarring, especially in comparison to the rest of the story.

My one complaint with this novel is that I felt a lack of attachment to Amahle. Maybe that’s simply because of the way the novella started? But honestly, I think it was more than that. Her character was designed to be set away from humanity, and she reads as such for good or for ill.

Thanks to Tor.com and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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