For me good sci-fi is about answering big questions and this story does so although in a quite subtle way. Through the main character we discover how the world has changed and it paints quite a distopian image of the future. It's also interesting to see how progress in certain areas impacts the lives of individuals as well as society as a whole.
I also appreciate stories that manage to surprise me. Even as more is revealed throughout the story I never had a complete handle on what was actually going on and right up to the end it sucker punched me with the ending. As with the author's books it is very well written and moves along at a decent pace. A recommended reads for science fiction fans.
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ON THE MOON, EVERYONE HAS A DARK SIDE.
One hundred years in the future, enormous mining vessels scour the surface of the Moon, prospecting for valuable metals and minerals. Trapped onboard for months at a time, the crew use drugs, virtual environments, gambling and pitfights to make life bearable.
Joel Miller doesn’t need any of those things. He has a new reason to live.
Miller’s hatred of co-worker Reese has become an all-consuming vendetta. Unable to fight openly, their private war was waged in secret, until now. Now it’s to the death.
But Miller has no idea that there’s a hidden side to his duel. The hate keeping him alive is the most valuable commodity the Moon has to offer…
Duallists is a 50,000 word science fiction novel by the author of Fake Kate, Bang and the Auto Series.
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