Supernova: The Lightless #2
C. A. Higgins
Del Rey, 2016 (2016)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
is the second in C. A. Higgins' SF series,
. I summarized the first book as
Waiting for Godot
, as it followed computer scientist Althea aboard experimental military spacecraft Ananke, run by an advanced computer and under attack by rebels against the System - Leontios '
' Ivanov and his close friend and comrade Matthew Gale.
hat first episode ended with Althea alone aboard Ananke, which has achieved intelligence - Althea considers the ship her child. As their relationship develops in
, Ananke morphs into something like
's Hal, becoming ruthless and destructive. She knows that Mattie and Ivan have survived and is intent on finding them. Ananke no longer consults her
, while Althea struggles to stop her. Her daughter eventually turns on her in a horrifying development.
hat plot line is interspersed with another that moves (rather confusingly) back and forth in time, following the exploits of the ruthless terrorist leader, Constance Harper (the
), who was close to Ivan and Mattie. Ivan's mother Milla works for Connie, and they both believe that Ivan is dead. As Constance and her people fight the System on different planets, she seems to be turning to the dark side, just as Ananke is. Some of her people rebel. Betrayals abound.
oth plot lines in
end on a noir cliffhanger, leaving readers wondering what can possibly follow - whatever it is, it is sure to involve both Ivan and Mattie, who were very much in the background this time.
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