Thursday, March 20, 2014

*Review* Lockstep by Karl Schroeder

*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*My Thoughts*

For Seventeen year old Toby McGonigal, a supposed quick trip to a comet called Rockette to file a claim on it in behest of his family, ends in a 14,000 year journey thanks to a major malfunction with his ship, and ends profoundly changing his life, while putting him directly into confrontation with the siblings that he left behind.

I am pretty sure that if you follow any of my reviews, you know that I'm a science fiction fan, and addicted to shows like Lost Girls, Bitten, Warehouse 13, etc. Sometimes the stories I read blow me away, other times they let me wanting more. Lockstep is a STANDALONE story that is filled with awesome world building and characters that you can't help but like. The whole concept behind Lockstep actually blew me away, and my poor wittle brain had a bit of an overload trying to figure it all out. 

Lockstep is an interesting futuristic ability where entire planets sleep (hibernate) for a decades at a time in order to save on resources, and allow for others to trade with planets further away. Robots and other intelligent (AI's) creations maintain the planet while the population is asleep. There are planets that sleep for decades, while being awake for only a month at a time. The idea created first by Toby in a virtual reality game called Consensus, was later expanded by his brother Peter and sister Evayne who are truly evil tyrants, is that people now have the ability to live longer, and travel to different worlds without leaving your family behind to grow old, or vanish entirely.

I will say that I was shocked, in a way, to learn that Lockstep is a STANDALONE, and not part of a series. I find it refreshing when authors write stories that mostly tie up all loose ends, and you don't have to wait around for another year to find out what happens next. Personally, I would like to see more of Toby and his journey, but will be happy to know that most everything works out in the end.

Lockstep secondary characters in Jaysir, Shylif, and Corva Keishion add an additional layer to the story, as do the tyrants known as Toby's siblings Peter and Evie. You'll be surprised to learn that this is a science fiction story not based on any twisted insta-lust romance. I do, however, believe that the relationship between Corva and Toby is more of a friendship than any sexual derivative.

Lockstep is filled with political intrigue, twists, surprises, and is definitely recommended for those who enjoy pure science fiction. 

*Recvd 01/14/2014 via NetGalley* Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Tor Books

Author - Karl Schroeder
Title - Lockstep
Published by Tor Books
Released: March 25, 2014
Genre - Science Fiction

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