Title: Killing Gravity | Series: Voidwitch Saga #1 | Author: Corey J White |Publisher: Tor.com | Pub. Date: 2017-5-9 | Pages: 176 | ASIN: B01MYM808E | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased | Purchase on Amazon
Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.
Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential. – Goodreads
Killing Gravity Review
Well… I’m impressed. Thoroughly impressed. Killing Gravity is a sci-fi novella that delivers everything it promises, and then more. A fantastically-written, sense-ensnaring look into a future that feels gritty and real. I’m honestly shocked that this is his debut novel. It’s polished, surprising, avoids feeling like a cliche at any point, and beautiful to read (heads popping and all).
The main character, Mars, reminds me strongly of River Tam from Firefly. Head beyond screwed with, susceptible to control phrases, and completely dangerous. She might not be as outright crazy as River was, but she’s still a character you can’t help but pay attention to. But she has something River doesn’t – Seven. And Seven is full of surprise.
Killing Gravity is a book sci-fi fans need to read. This is definitive proof that you don’t have to write 400+ pages to tell a great story. Corey J. White tells his story with razor-sharp precision that doesn’t need any padding or filler to make it look more impressive than it actually is. His ‘voice’ is confident and his vision is clear. The pacing is perfect, the dialogue on point, and the characters are interesting. Even though the basic plot has been done before, White’s writing is fresh enough that you never get the déjà vu of been there, read that.
A phenomenally written work that will leave you staring at the last page in dazed pleasure. Work like Killing Gravity only happen every couple of years. Corey J. White is a name readers should take note of. If this is what his debut looks like, I can only imagine what he’ll deliver once he’s got more experience under his belt.
Shortlisting Killing Gravity for my Best Reads of 2017. And it’s only the first book in the series? If I had any money, I’d demand the author just go ahead and take it.