4 out of 4 stars
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Several centuries from now, thanks to antigravity, platforms with cities on them float high above the clouds. Privilege is the order of the day in the sky, while living on the ground is, quite literally, the pits. A global pandemic has killed most of the people on the ground, and a destructive, flesh-eating disease continues to leave many of them in need of artificial body parts. When a mysterious assassin begins to systematically dissolve the leadership of Metrofloat New York, one of the cities in the sky, things head south rather quickly. Detective Matthew Heart and Sergeant Elizabeth Stanton are put on the case. The two of them embark on a perilous journey, plagued with mystery, deception, and an ever-increasing body count.
Crime fiction meets sci-fi in this post-apocalyptic "whodunit" that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride. Written in the third-person, Metrofloat New York, by William Quincy Belle, is 216 pages of suspense and back-to-back plot twists. The reader sees the events of the book from Detective Heart's perspective, save for a flashback chapter told from Sergeant Stanton's POV.
As I love both crime fiction and SF, I had high expectations for this book. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. Belle placed and executed plot twists with flair and kept me guessing until the very end. He also laid a technical and logical foundation for the SF aspects of the novel. Moreover, the characters were relatable and well-developed. Sergeant Stanton stood out the most. Despite being a cyborg, her yearning to feel as human as possible was endearing. For example, while her body can rest in an upright position, she prefers lying down.
I only disliked how the author often resorted to using dialogue to explain most of the book's technical details. Not only did this make the dialogue awkward, but it also slowed the book's pacing. The book would be perfect if the author creatively employed other world-building techniques and elements.
Nonetheless, I rate Metrofloat New York 4 out of 4 stars. Despite the flaw I mentioned above, I had a blast reading the book. Even though I came across a few minor editing errors, I have no other reason to believe the book was not professionally edited. Some of the characters use profanity, so I would encourage sensitive readers to proceed with caution. I did not find any religious references that some readers might find offensive. That said, fans of science fiction, crime, and thrillers should strongly consider giving this one a read.
Metrofloat New York
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