Aestus, Book 1: The City by S. Z. Attwell
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Morally Gray Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Setting
An underground city, built centuries ago to ride out the devastating heat. A society under attack. And a young solar engineer whose skills may be the key to saving her city…if she doesn’t get herself killed first. When Jossey was ten, the creatures of the aboveground took her brother and left her for dead, with horrible scars. Now, years later, she’s a successful solar engineer, working to keep her underground city’s power running, but she’s never really recovered. After she saves dozens of people during a second attack, she is offered a top-secret assignment as a field Engineer with Patrol, but fear prevents her from taking it…until Patrol finds bones near where her brother disappeared. She signs on and finds herself catapulted into a world that is far more dangerous, and requires far more of her, than she ever imagined. The creatures and the burning heat aboveground are not the only threats facing the City, and what she learns during her assignment could cost her her life: one of the greatest threats to the City may in fact lie within. With thousands of lives at stake, can she act in time? Aestus is an adult dystopian science-fiction series set centuries after climate change has ravaged much of Earth. An epic story of vengeance, power, shifting loyalties, and survival that looks at just how far people will go to protect what they love, brought to you by science writer S.Z. Attwell, Aestus paints a picture of a world in which far too little has changed.
Adult • Science Fiction/Dystopian • Science Fiction/Hard SF
Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
This is a great, fast-paced story filled with twists and turns. I can't wait to read the next one!
Submitted by 📖 SKaeth on 2022-06-06T18:40:07Z