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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award

An investigator must solve a brutal murder on a claustrophobic space station in this tense science fiction thriller from the author of Salvation Day. 

Hester Marley used to have a plan for her life. But when a catastrophic attack left her injured, indebted, and stranded far from home, she was forced to take a dead-end security job with a powerful mining company in the asteroid belt. Now she spends her days investigating petty crimes to help her employer maximize its profits. She's surprised to hear from an old friend and fellow victim of the terrorist attack that ruined her life—and that surprise quickly turns to suspicion when he claims to have discovered something shocking about their shared history and the tragedy that neither of them can leave behind. 

Before Hester can learn more, her friend is violently murdered at a remote asteroid mine. Hester joins the investigation to find the truth, both about her friend's death and the information he believed he had uncovered. But catching a killer is only the beginning of Hester's worries, and she soon realizes that everything she learns about her friend, his fellow miners, and the outpost they call home brings her closer to revealing secrets that very powerful and very dangerous people would rather keep hidden in the depths of space.

©2021 Kali Wallace (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“With propulsive action and twists that keep the reader guessing…this tense sprint through a future dominated by profit-driven amorality makes for a gripping, cinematic sci-fi thriller that readers won’t want to put down.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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No, it’s not the video game

I saw this title for a while and kept coming back to see if someone would confirm if this was written as a plot about the video game by the same name because I couldn’t tell by the picture or description. I never got confirmation but just purchased it anyway. It is definitely not written in the Dead Space video game universe, but it definitely is a good book and good narrator. More of a sci-fi space detective mystery. I will purchase any follow ups the writer puts out for sure.

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not the dead space you might have thought.

i bought this thinking it would be a novelization of the dead space game. I was mad as heck once I realized that wasn't the case after a bit. sure, i could have read the synopsis, but the title and it being on an asteroid made me think I didn't have to. I stuck with it and am glad i did. it has a very predictable arc but that doesn't make it any less fun. i thought the narration was top notch. give it a shot

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Swing and a miss

This had potential to be really good, plot wise, but it suffered from a main character that never quite was filled out, narration that seemed too focused on being politically correct and inclusive than telling the story and an author who seemingly has just learned how to cuss, and thought it would make up for poorly written dialogue.

The main character went from “trauma survivor” to “hardened space person” to “emotional mother” to “quippy Han Solo rip off” and back again in a short enough span to give you whiplash. All neatly tied together with about seventy versions of “f*ck” and “sh*t”.

It really had some potential, but it suffered from being all over the place, and not in a good way.

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Wow!

Story, characters, narration all excellent. A gripping, well plotted mystery in space. Kali Wallace is now on my must read list.

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Awesome Well Written Mystery

I really liked this mystery. I loved the main character Hester she is tough and fragile at the same time. The story was very well written and the plot was so intriguing. The author does a really good job ramping up the tension as the book goes on, especially once Hester reaches the space station. Basically outer space is owned by a few corporations and Hester has to work for the corporation that saved her life after a terrorist attack until she pays off her medical debts. When an old friend contacts her with a message that makes no sense Hester is confused but when she learns that friend was murdered shortly afterwards she is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. My only quibble is I wish we had more information on what happens afterwards I would have loved a long epilogue, but that is only a minor hiccup in an otherwise very well done novel. This review isn't doing this book justice, I highly recommend it

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Proof “they” pronoun is distracting and confusing

The PC use of a “they” as a major character made for confused listening. Was the author referring to a single “they” or a multiple “they” (proper English)? Having to stop to determine intent was distracting. I’m sorry people don’t want to hear this, but when one tosses out the rules for proper English, this is the result. Come up with another singular set of pronouns instead of the plural them, them, theirs.

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WARNING! Not Dead Space franchise

Shame on Penguin for this. Maybe shame on the author too but I’ll reserve judgement. At the very least Penguin should have stopped this from happening. Use a well known sci-if horror franchise title and cover art similar to the dead space franchise cover art and then trick people into buying their sci for horror book. Like wooooow. Really?! The book wasn’t too bad. Wasn’t amazing but not too bad. Just upset that I got tricked. I’ll probably be returning it. Seriously Penguin, why did you sign off on this? I wonder if the Narrator also got duped. Just wow. Audible I hope you do something about this.

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I'd probably give this a 3.5 if I could.

This was a fine audiobook. I don't regret the purchase at all. The author is a good writer which strong prose and good creativity. I really enjoyed the first half or 2/3, but by the end of the book my interest started to wane a lot. And it's not a long book. My disinterest and the heavy exposition at the end led me to not I following the intricacies of mystery that well, which is probably my fault. Or maybe I do understand the mystery and it just wasn't that good? I'd love to give this a 4 because I liked the effort, but I just don't think I'd refer this book to my friends, so I just can't give it a better score. It's good enough that I may check out the author's other stuff though.

Also if you're looking for a sci-fi horror book then you'll be disappointed. It's more mystery thriller.

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Overall Enjoyable

Not the strongest story I've ever read. some of the plot points were a little weak, the twist was kind of predictable, and I had a hard time believing that the protagonist was an AI engineer/expert. I still enjoyed it overall.

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If you sample this one, don’t get turned off by the narrator… She gets better.

Overall, this was a slightly above average story for me with slightly above average generation. I bought it on the five dollar sale.

Early on I was getting put off by the narrators “Valley girl“ intonation style, where every syllable at the end of each phrase goes down invoice tone.. It was hard to ignore. But somehow, halfway through, she seemed to figure that out. It was not a problem when she was doing accents, and I think perhaps she progressed a little bit while doing this project.