On a generation ship, hundreds of years into
a thousand year voyage, people are dying, in a very messy fashion. And Hana Dempsey,
office worker in City Planning, wants to find the killer
Thats how it starts.
But thats by no means the only mystery aboard the Noah, and as Hana delves deeper,
there are more and more secrets.
This book has a plot layered like an onion with enigma upon enigma
There is plenty of action, a healthy dose of noir, and a frisson of horror, but this is
primarily science fiction, and would count as hard SF if it wasnt for the heavy dose
of psi. Unusually, it is written in the first person present tense, which did take a bit
of getting used to. Ramirez writes skilfully and in the main, believably. A few times he
pushes the psi powers a bit too far, and Im not entirely sure about his biology, but
Im not that much of an expert in the field so Ill let it go.
I suspect that most readers will find The Forever Watch
an engaging, but disturbing read
the questions it asks about the balance between
freedom and survival will stay with me for quite a while.