The Amoeba-Ox Continuum by Trent Portigal
Why I read: Science fiction and detective novel combined
Book blurb: ” Natalie Chaulieu has a new assignment. A series of deaths in an old workers’ utopia has caught the attention of the central government and she has been chosen as the liaison between the government and the investigation team. On arriving, she is struck by a world more brilliant and poetic than she has ever known, but as the case progresses it becomes clear that the deaths are intimately connected to the utopia, which is itself suffering a slow decline. As the investigation continues Natalie is forced to question whether the brilliance and poetry are worth saving, and, if so, at what cost…“
An intriguing sci-fi which centres around Natalie Chaulieu as she investigates a series of deaths in a workers utopia. The story is told through Natalie’s eyes as she poetically describes and reflects upon what she finds within this strange world and what caused the deaths. Her reflections and contemplation are often interestingly bizarre, for instance Natalie categorises the people she meets as insipid amoebas with the occasional ox thrown in. There’s plenty within to apply to current society as well as: Puppeteers who depict mindless violence, officials who avoid charges through their status, traditions around Death, poverty, workers conditions etc. and plenty of witty commentary on them. Although I loved the weirdness of the book I occasionally got a bit lost and had to re-read sections of Natalie’s thoughts on what was happening. Overall its a strange and unique story with plenty to keep you entertained.
I received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.