Breach, the third entry in the Analog series, gives us the story of the most mysterious character in the fictional universe, Emily Kim. The trials and tribulations of the Commonwealth mega-corporation continue to hold sway on the world order and the cast of characters from past books is at work to keep everything running. Breach is another great addition to the series, adding essential background information on the very person who started it all.
I’m obsessed with Emily Kim as a character. Honestly, I shouted a ‘YES!’ when I read the first sentence and realized we were finally going to learn everything about this fascinating and brilliant force of nature. She’s this powerful, super-intelligent woman who has used her skills and her presence to grow a silent empire, only to have it all pulled out from under her. At the start of the book, she’s broken, having removed herself entirely from the world she knew. Even in seclusion, she remains the ultimate badass, masquerading at an underground fight club as Pixie, an undefeated champion fighter.
The book is a journey of self reflection and healing for Emily, showing how much her defeat affected her worldview. She’s brought back into the fold by pure chance and gets back to her old ways surprisingly quickly. We get to see her in action, taking down would-be kidnappers and entrapping the sleazy villain who keeps popping up at the most inopportune times. Above all, we get to see her mind at work through expertly written discussion on world order, the power of a company to create change on a global level, and the dangers of leaving the keys to the kingdom with a potential despot. There’s always so much at stake in this near-future world, and it’s a delight to follow along.
Overall, Breach proves to be equally entertaining and nail-biting, continuing the on-edge feel of the previous installments. At the end, everyone is on the same team again, Commonwealth is on its way to creating massive global change, and the villain has been fiercely undercut. It doesn’t feel like this is the end of the Analog series and I’m looking forward to any additional stories we get in this expertly crafted universe.
By Eliot Peper
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.