Null Set: A Cas Russell Novel
By S. L. Huang
Published by Tor Books
Null Set blows any genre expectations out of the water, combining science fiction, spy fiction, technothriller, and mystery to create an action-packed adventure that thrills on every page. With such a high stakes protagonist running from a convoluted past, it’s no surprise the book leaves your heart racing.
From page one, Huang never stops throwing in surprise revelations mixed with adrenaline-fueled action and high-tech lingo. It’s a thrilling ride thanks to the unexpected pathways diverging from the main narrative. One moment, you’re on a high stakes mission surrounded by gunman and impossible odds. The next, you’re privy to a deep conversation on hacking, followed by a theoretical discussion about experimental technology that sounds bonkers. Huang shows impressive inventiveness throughout.
The main character, Cas, is a fascinating character study. She flies between extremes on the regular, adding a number of surprise twists that will keep you guessing. She cycles between a strong desire to be alone and a fierce loyalty to her strange chosen family. Her struggles with the relationship between free will and crime fuel the primary thread of the book alongside the mysteries of her past. Add in her superhuman mathematical abilities and you’ve got a brilliant character you want to understand. There’s never a dull moment in the world of Cas Russell.
Overall, Null Set is a wonderful addition to multiple genres, highlighted by a badass protagonist and a complicated plot that keeps you guessing. Get ready for a high stakes adventure.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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