“When our machines know us as well as we think we know them, the distinction will be irrelevant.”
– Dead Space
A lesbian detective investigates a murder on a remote asteroid mining station. Artificial intelligence ethics! Non-binary representation! This little space thriller has so much to offer and had me hooked from start to finish.
I have gotten so lucky with ARCs lately. Not a dud in sight, and this book is no exception. Dead Space follows Hester, an AI expert who now works as a detective via indentured servitude to a space corp. Half of her body had to be replaced with robotic prosthetics after a terrorist attack, and the corp has paid her medical bills in exchange for five years of her life. She has been in charge of solving mostly mundane crimes, until she goes to investigate the murder of a former friend on a remote asteroid mining station. She confronts her past as she uncovers the truth, which turns out to be much more sinister than it first appears.
There is lots of LGBTQ+ representation in this book! Hester is a lesbian, her love interest/colleague is non-binary, and her partner on the case is a gay man. There isn’t any actual romance going on in the book, but it is always more fun for me when the characters I am reading about are queer.
I loved the AI aspect of the book as much, if not more than, the whole murder mystery thing. I want my own Bug 🥺
This book was highly entertaining and a good little break from the two longer books I am reading right now. Recommend to anyone who likes a good murder mystery + space!
Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for providing me with an advance review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Dead Space will be published on March 2nd, 2021.