Lerner plows right into orbit with this tech-filled engaging story featuring just as much fact as science fiction. And for those of us who love a love story, he puts one of those in here, too. His dialogue is cover-to-cover techie bliss and fit his characters to a T.
It’s 2023 and the world is recovering slowly from Crudetastrophe. More ways of fueling the planet must be found without relying so heavily on cartels, and the United States government may have found the way, if it can maneuver through the minefields of eco-terrorists and Resetters. Marcus Judson is an emissary of NASA singing the praises of powersats made possible by the harnessing of a meteorite (known as “Phoebe”) when he gets a call from astronomer Valerie Clayburn, who has some concerns about the project. Just as they’re exploring their feelings for each other, catastrophe strikes and they enter a tangled web of spies and space espionage. But will they live long enough to save the planet and see where those feelings go? (TOR, Jul., 336 pp., $27.99)