In this Hugo nominated science fiction thriller by Mur Lafferty, a crew of clones awakens aboard a space ship to find they're being hunted-and any one of them could be the killer.
Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently...
Why You Should Read This Book:
1) It’s a murder mystery…in space. That’s literally all it took for me to buy this book. If you need more than that I kind of worry about your ability to feel joy.
2) Mur Lafferty does some really cool worldbuilding. Her take on cloning and its ramifications for society are really interesting and provide a good undercurrent to the overarching murder mystery.
3) The book’s structure and characters. Each of the “Six Wakes” provides an opportunity to examine the backstory of each character, which gives us a cast of fleshed out characters all of whom could conceivably be the murderer. Because of the way cloning works, even the characters themselves don’t know if they’re the murderer and that’s pretty fun.
Overall, Six Wakes is a really fun read that I love to recommend to people. It’s also a great entry point into science fiction if you haven’t read much of the genre and want to ease your way in with something that won’t break your brain with “hard” science.