The Cronian Incident (The Formist #1)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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A disgraced investigator on Mercury. A man’s disappearance on Titan. A conspiracy. Jeremiah soon learns his shot at redemption may cost him his life.
Disgraced investigator, Jeremiah Ward, once worked the Martian beat, now he's serving out his sentence in a mining colony on Mercury. His golden opportunity arises when a member of a powerful faction on Titan vanishes and Ward is promised, in exchange for investigating this man's disappearance, a clean slate and a second chance.
Unwittingly, Ward becomes embroiled in a conspiracy, centuries in the making, and begins to realise his one shot at redemption may cost him his life.
From terraforming to colonisation, to the Technological Singularity and the future of space exploration; The Cronian Incident is a must read for fans of thrilling mystery science fiction.
"The Cronian Incident (The Formist #1)" Reviews
This story was a good read that sucked me in and kept me wondering. I particularly enjoyed the world building aspects, and the overarching storyline which is clearly going to continue in the next book. Initially I had some reservations about the main character, however he developed very satisfyingly over the course of the story, and I liked him more and more as the story progressed.
There are some nice little hints tucked away here and there in the language, which I'm hoping will play out interestingly in the next book of the series. Clearly there's a super duper conspiracy or possibly conspiracies, and I like that in a story.
DNF at 20%. Unrated on policy.
The book deserves an explanation. The reasons for DNF'ing this book are very specific and particular to me.
What I really liked about the book.
The world building is A+. Matthew Williams has created a multi-layered future with depth and verve. Awesome work - loved that side of the story.
Why did I DNF it? Two reasons.
[1-minor] Pacing. There was a sense the story dwelled too long on things that set the scene rather than moving the narrative forward. Noting that I'm a huge lover of pace, and I'm hard to please on this topic.
[2-Major] The main character is a self-indulgent, drug addicted, pathetic failure, whose 'good points,' are only established by placing human monsters in his vicinity to make him look good by contrast.
He is in a hole, both literally and figuratively, and desperately in need of 'redemption,' which is clearly the arc going forward, as he has almost no room to fall further.
I just couldn't warm to this person - I had no reason to care what happens to him - and that's an interest killer for me.
The bottomline - this book didn't hook me.
Now the thing is - the writing is good, the story background is highly developed, and meshed seamlessly together. I'd rate this book as worth giving a go - it may well suit you better than it did me.
I didn't realize how deeply I was drawn into this book until I was about halfway through it!
It has a distinctive style, with a multileveled story, and a main character I connected with quite easily.
Reminiscent of "The Expanse" - the TV show, since I have not yet read any of the books by S.A. Corey - but that same mix of future/cyberpunk/mystery that grabs my attention.
Yes, I'm heading for the next in the series.
This book really expanded my imagination to encompass human settlements on other planets. Normally I simply imagine a future with a ruined earth, and feel distressed about humankind's inability to cooperate to solve the serious problems facing us.