3 out of 4 stars
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Even though the world’s population is increasing, the earth stays the same size. What will happen when we finally run out of space? Crater’s Edge by Lucy Andrews offers a possible answer. This science fiction takes place on Trainor, in 2235. Trainor is just one of the planets Earth has colonized. Trainor is divided into two time zones, the Ea-Zone and the U-Zone. To maximize space, people from these zones share the city of Central, but at different times. When U-Zoners are sleeping Earlians occupy Central to work and carry out errands, vice versa. A third zone, Three Craters, is currently under construction. However, there are unexplained power failures and other strange events taking place there. Chief Engineer Kalen Trinneer, of the Ea-Zone, has been summoned to go and assess the issues. What seems like a simple assignment soon turns into a rollercoaster ride filled with unanswered questions, corruption, romance, hallucinations, and near-death experiences.
I found Crater’s Edge interesting from beginning to end. Andrews kept me on the edge of my seat for all the 385 pages of the book. There is no shortage of plot twists and heart-pounding scenes. The worldbuilding in the book is gradual and well done. I found descriptions of places and actions easy to picture. It truly felt as though I was transported to a different planet and time, which is always a huge positive in my books.
The book contains, albeit indirectly, new-age ideas and symbols. As I'm not a fan of that, I found those parts weird to read. However, they did not take away from my enjoyment of the book. The novel was also impeccably edited. I found only one error towards the end of the book: ‘bring’ is used instead of ‘being.’
Unfortunately, I disliked the characters. They aren’t as interesting as the setting and most of them have few or no redeeming qualities. Kalen Trinneer, the protagonist, has no problem sleeping with other women while he’s in a committed relationship. Halle, Kalen’s main love interest, is controlling and insecure. Then there’s Sera, the geologist Trinneer works with at Three Craters. At first, she is portrayed as emotionally tough and fiercely independent. Yet, at the first sign of danger, she crumbles and becomes irritatingly whiny. She is in tears for pretty much the final half of the book. Most of the other characters are male, rude and quite intolerant of female presence. I would have appreciated more diversity, both in terms of gender and race, as a large majority of the characters are white males.
Therefore, I rate Craters’ Edge 3 out of 4 stars. Although the book was thrilling to read, the characterization fell short for me. The book ends on a cliff hanger, which is another factor that prevents me from giving it a perfect rating. I felt the ending left too many loose ends for comfort. Despite these issues, I recommend Crater’s Edge to fans of science fiction and mystery. The book is perfect for those who like plot-driven narratives.
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