Medusa in the Graveyard is a rich science fiction experience, filled with intense encounters, near-death experiences and fascinating technologies.
I’m new to this universe and was pleasantly surprised how easily I got into the storyline. Davenport has created a smart addition to her series that’s entertaining to the core.
I’m most fascinated by the relationships and technologies shared by the members of the Olympia. There’s a constant underlying conversation going on throughout the book that makes you feel like an insider. It’s not a groundbreaking technology in terms of science fiction but it is used masterfully as a narrative tool. The ship is a marvel to imagine, stretching miles into space. It’s a true generation ship whose citizens are fully committed to its survival. Centuries amidst the stars have created an interesting society that operates on its own, much to the chagrin of the novel’s villains. All of this makes for a compelling setting.
There are so many aspects to this universe that fueled my imagination. You’ve got emissaries from a powerful group that claims ownership over the Olympia and its people after centuries apart. You’ve got this overarching fascination and fear of the beings who rule over the graveyard. You’ve got the recent tragedy of the lost sister ship that fuels much hate in the main character. Davenport also includes many little tidbits of popular culture, now ancient in this timeline. Be prepared to hum along to old show tunes and laugh at movie references.
Overall, Medusa in the Graveyard is a solid science fiction read, complete with a deftly written main character and a stream of action that will leave you entertained and ready for more.
Medusa in the Graveyard
By Emily Devenport
Published by Tor Books
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.