Title: Perihelion Summer
Author: Greg Egan
Publisher: Tor.com 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Library Love; Popsugar - Fave Previous Prompt; Dancing with Fantasy and SciFi - Novella
Taraxippus is coming: a black hole one tenth the mass of the sun is about to enter the solar system.
Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter off-shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed forever.
Interesting world issue. Satisfactory threat level. But… this book feels like more of an outline of a boo versus a complete volume. The characters were not well developed. The characters’s motivations were unclear at many points in the story. And the ending was completely unfinished. I was really into the book for the first half, impatient to find out what Taraxippus’s close call to Earth would do the next year. A bit of a disappointment to me.
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