The Circuit: Executor Rising
Book 1, The Circuit
Rhett C. Bruno
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"A hard-charging opener to a promising, if bloody, space-opera series." —KIRKUS
Centuries after Earth was rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, humanity was forced from its homeworld and founded the Kepler Circuit, a string of colonies throughout the solar system. These settlements provide resources to the remnants of humankind, the most important resource being the newly discovered element—Gravitum—found only in the Earth’s unstable mantle.
But a powerful religious faction known as the New Earth Tribunal has risen to preside over most of the Circuit. Though there is barely a faction left to challenge them, a string of attacks on the Tribunal’s freighters causes them to suspect their mortal enemies, the Ceresians, of foul play.
Tasked with solving the problem is Sage Volus: Tribunal Executor. Spy.
Sage quickly infiltrates the ranks of a roguish, Ceresian mercenary named Talon Rayne, seeking to discover the truth behind the attacks, but the longer she works amidst Talon and his squad, the more she finds her faith in the Tribunal tested.
While her quest for answers only unearths more questions, a new threat is on the rise, and it plans to bring down the Tribune once and for all.
A fantastic space opera!
I received a free book in exchange for an honest review.
The beginning of the book drops readers right into the plot, but humanity's history is revealed as the plot unfolds in a dark and elaborate galaxy created by Bruno. Readers immediately get the sense that humanity's fate in space is overseen by an unjust and corrupt group, and that insatiable greed for resources and power are what ultimately drove humanity into space.
There are three major players in this plot; the characters have exquisitely crafted histories that are revealed during crucial plot points and, as the plot continues, readers will find that the connections between the characters are multi-faceted.
There are several aspects of the book that I enjoyed:
- The setting is very detailed, it was easy for me to become immersed in the world.
- All of the characters were interesting; each had a compelling history and I understood each character's motivations.
- The socioeconomic and sociopolitical aspects of the story were complete and clearly explained.
- There are subversive elements and action in the book, so there was always something going on; even during the breaks in action.
All of these elements are combined to create a fantastic space opera that science fiction fans will enjoy. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in the series as I am sure that it will be as good, or better than this first book.
The Circuit Executor Rising
Part of a series called The Circuit, this book held my attention throughout despite not having the beginning and ending stories. An outer planetary tale with unusual characters and sinister plots abounding! I'm looking forward to filling in the gaps!
Solid Debut Novel
Starts out a little disorienting because the author drops you in the middle of a story, but by mid-point the action and character development have you drawn in. As a debut book, it is an excellent story. The real strength of the book is in the moral ambiguities it presents, forcing readers to ask "what would I do here?"
- Category: Science Fiction
- Published: May 19, 2015
- Publisher: Diversion Books
- Seller: Diversion Publishing Corp.
- Print Length: 276 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Circuit