Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

It’s been two months since Mahit Dzmare and three Herbaria foiled an attempted military coup on Teixcalaan – although they may have sparked a debate about it. Dzmare is back at her home station, Lsel, among her men, but does not know if she still belongs there.

Seagrass has an office job; a prestigious one, to be sure, but still boring, so when she stumbles upon a not quite lawful opportunity for an adventure, and the one who reunites her with Dzmare, she seizes the opportunity. As the diplomatic emissary of an uncommunicative alien Armada, you will have to face a variety of horrors ranging from a Fleet of screaming and carnivorous Aliens, a deadly fleet policy, a cat infestation and a lack of poetic images without clichés. And if they survive their military and literary deprivations, it is not at all clear whether any of them can really return home.

In his award-winning debut novel, a Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine addresses the problem of communication between cultures in a common lingua franca, describes an empire debating with itself and tells a plot involving the memorable imaging machines of Lsel Station and a man’s search for immortality. In A Desolation Called Peace, all these themes have evolved in their complexity, plunging deeper into a plot about the nature of life and crime. The central cast is more attractive than ever, and the cats, described as “very friendly, although sharp, at the ends” and “the puddles of starless space,” are a charming addition.

Martina’s debut showed her accomplished craftsmanship and her perfect blend of storytelling, humor and world-building; her second attempt highlights her thematic ambition, and her skills as a writer are more than up to the task. Desolation is the kind of book that curls up in your head waiting for a moment of calm. It’s hard to read slowly, but it takes fun so that you don’t miss some of the smartest and most elegant foreshadowings in modern Science fiction. With references to Frank Herbert’s whip star, Iain M. Banks’s excess and screen epics such as The Arrival of Ronald D. Moore and “Battlestar Galactica” nevertheless carry their own distinctive air.

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