Booksiren's review on Goodreads
Jun 27, 2020
An engrossing tale…
Ogden creates an intriguing ocean world in his engrossing latest SF novel.
Eighteen years after her abduction, broken and pregnant Noi de Jesus joins the marine biologist Professor Marcus Glasson, her father’s close friend, to Yeppoon, Queensland after a daring rescue operation organized by the brilliant professor and his allies. Trying to completely erase traces of her abductor’s DNA from her unborn child’s genes, Noi undergoes an experimental procedure and becomes the target of a group of powerful people.
Noi’s journey from an 8-year-old abducted child to a sex slave who’s constantly at the mercy of her abductor and a grown woman who is forced to carry weight of the world on her fragile shoulders is courageous.
An intriguing storyline, informative yet upbeat scientific jargon, and a unique, beautifully imagined setting make this smoothly paced tale a pleasantly enjoyable read.
Science fiction lovers looking for a lighthearted read will be pleased.
Goodreads May 2020
A great story, fascinating setting, interesting premise
This is a ripping story set against a fascinating time and place following the painful birth of the nation of Timor-Leste. This is a history whose ongoing dilemmas and trauma can only be guessed at by those on the outside, but it comes starkly to life here. Multiple strands on themes of morality, family and loyalty, politics and the burden of "otherness" are woven together into a tense, fast-moving tale with a totally unexpected finale. Highly recommended, and doubly relevant now when we are wondering about the race to find a vaccine for the current pandemic.