The Palladium Wars #1 by Marko Kloos
Publication Date: July 1, 2019
Aftershocks is a very solid first book in a new science fiction series that revolves around six planets striving for stability after a war has ended. The story is told through multiple points of view – each showing a different area of how order is maintained within the solar system and how it affects different individuals. However, it doesn’t take too long in the story before we see that the “order” they are striving to maintain is fragile and occurrences of guerilla type warfare begin occurring. Throughout the entire book, you can almost feel the drumbeats of war coming – but the question is from whom and how are they doing what they are doing? In fact, this story is a very large prelude to something major – you can feel it with every page you turn.
Often science fiction leaves me feeling very stupid for struggling to grasp the worlds the author has created so it is very refreshing when a book like this comes along – one where you clearly understand the world being built. With each of point of view we slowly learn what the world looks like. The main characters Aden, Idina, Dunstan, and Solvieg provide us a view into the world as they experience it: resentment toward the losing side, the technology used in the world, and how each of the planets differ from the others as well as how each planet adapted to their landscape. However, they each also have moments where they are presented with and escaping from danger that are each very exciting to read. My personal favorite is Dunstan and what he encounters.
I loved this sci fi book. Loved! Good story, enjoyable to read, and it didn’t leave me feeling stupid. I even loved the cliffhanger ending that made me go “Noooo. You can’t end there!”
I definitely recommend it.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.