March is my slowest reading month because of the inordinate amount of basketball I watch instead, but I finally finished this book. It was excellent. I thought the story structure worked really well, though it changes fairly quickly. Early on we get a present-day story on Kamaria interspersed with flashbacks to the past and one of our main characters back in the Solar System. As the story progresses the past narrative jumps to the present story, but we get new, more recent, flashbacks that develop the Sirens and the mysteries of the planet. I thought both structures were deftly handled.
Kamaria feels meticulously imagined, with the author exploring the unique life and environments of the planet. The action scenes are well crafted and cinematically explored, and if you understand the author’s background that makes a lot of sense. But for me, the best part of the novel is the Sirens. Bruno really brings them to life. They are mysterious, scary, and a uniquely perfect villain to the story. Though very different in how they operate, I couldn’t help but think of Meiville’s Slake-Moths as the mysteries of the Sirens were revealed.
I look forward to continuing my journey through Kamaria down the road.