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Horizons, by Mary Rosenblum
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor
Published: 2007
Review Posted: 7/6/2013
Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: Not Rated

Horizons, by Mary Rosenblum

Book Review by SJ Higbee

Have you read this book?

Suffering from a lack of sparkling, solidly good science fiction? Enjoy Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon and C.J. Cherryh at their very best? Fear not, I've found you another candidate.

Ahni Huang is hunting for her brother's killer. As a Class 9 Empath with advanced biogenetic augmentations, she has complete mental and physical control of her body and can read other people's intentions before they can even think them. Faced with deceptions behind deceptions, Ahni is caught in a dangerous game of family politics and in the middle of it all lies the fate of her brother.

Her search leads to the Platforms, which orbit high above Earth. On the Platform New York Up, 'upsider' life is different. They have their own culture, values and ambitions and now they want their independence from Earth. One upsider leader, Dane Nilsson, is determined to accomplish NYUp's secession, but he has a secret, one that, once exposed, could condemn him to death.

When Ahni stumbles upon Dane during her quest for vengeance, her destiny becomes inextricably linked to his. Together they must delve beyond the intrigue and manipulative schemes to get to the core of truth, a truth that will shape the future of the Platforms and shatter any preconceived notions of what defines the human race.

This is absolutely my favorite kind of science fiction. Rosenblum's characters, particularly her apparently invincible and wealthy protagonist, Ahni, lead the action. All the main characters are pleasingly complex and whisk you into an interesting and intricate plot back lit by a beautifully developed world littered with enjoyable details.

However, what lifts this excellent read from the common herd are the issues that Rosenblum addresses in her story. All the best science fiction, in my opinion, gives us some believable insights into some of the dilemmas that future technology will pose for our descendants. Rosenblum shines a light on some of the problems that are starting to loom uncomfortably close such as genetic manipulation; cloning; what defines humanity and the fault lines along which humankind will divide. While there is nothing particularly original about these subjects, in the light of the scientific advances the likes of Michio Kaku is predicting in his book and TV series, Visions, the more discussion and thought we give to these matters, the better.

All in all, Horizons is definitely one of my favorite science fiction reads in the past two years and I'm hunting around for more of Rosenblum's work.
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