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Shifting Reality by Patty Jansen – Review

A few years ago, a military doctor walking the corridors of New Jakarta Station saved Melati’s life. She signed up for the International Space Force to pay back her moral debt to him. But her family thinks she has betrayed her people. It was ISF who forcefully removed their grandmothers and grandfathers from the crowded slums of Jakarta to work in interstellar space stations.

It is Melati’s job to teach six-year old construct soldiers, artificial humans grown in labs and activated with programmed minds. Her latest cohort has one student who claims that he is not a little boy, but a mindbase traveller whose swap partner took off with his body. It soon becomes clear that a lot of people are scouring the station for this fugitive, a scientist with dangerous knowledge.

The best place to hide in the station is amongst the many cultures and subcultures of the expat Indonesian B-sector. Looking for him brings Melati into direct conflict with her people. She does not want to be seen as one of the enemy, but if the scientist’s knowledge falls in the wrong hands, war will come to the station.

My Review:
This is a hard-SF book that draws you in and along. A good read for the days you’re stuck inside, or just good for wasting a bit of time while learning. I’m pretty sure I learned a bit about Indonesian culture from this book, despite the 250+ year future setting.

Well written, there were just a couple of grammatical errors, but the characters, setting and pace well made up for that. Lots of drama, action, intrigue and family to keep the ball rolling.


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