Supposedly, the war between Calchis and Orion ended decades ago. But upon reporting to an isolated Orion army base for basic training, Private Stockton Finn learns the war still rages, only the weapons have changed—most disturbingly of all, Finn has been selected to become one of those weapons.
Across the border, young Calchan farm boy Aaron Waverly learns all too well just how determined his country is to win the war when he is abducted from his family’s property by a sinister government operative known only as Agent. Finding himself trapped in dreary new surroundings, learning deadly skills he’s never before imagined, Aaron struggles to reconcile his ephemeral faith with his harsh new reality.
As the two nations hurtle toward a resurgence of open hostilities, Finn and Aaron, along with their new friends and mentors, must rush to prepare themselves for the inevitable clash. All the while, a new archaeological find in the frozen tundra far to the north hints that the brewing conflict may only be the first of their worries…
I grabbed this book off my nightstand one morning, not wanting to get out of bed yet, and started reading. It grabbed me so powerfully that I ended up staying in bed much longer than I should have. Honestly, though I’ve watched a lot of science fiction, I haven’t read that much. But I’m so glad I read this one. It’s complex and intelligent, so well written, and a thrilling ride from beginning to end. I loved the multiple character point of views and how the science fiction world felt rooted in ours and yet unique to itself. A well conceived plot and emotionally driven characters make this novel a must-read.
And this is the first book in The Psionic Earth Series, so lots more to come from author Dan Levinson.
Content note: Moderate use of foul language, including the F-word, sexual references and a couple slightly descriptive, short sex scenes, moderate violence.