Review: The Stark Divide (Liminal Sky #1) by J. Scott Coatsworth

Some stories are epic.

The Earth is in a state of collapse, with wars breaking out over resources and an environment pushed to the edge by human greed.

Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials harvested from the asteroid belt. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the remaining hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers working to colonize her.

From her humble beginnings as a seedling saved from disaster to the start of her journey across the void of space toward a new home for the human race, The Stark Divide tells the tales of the world, the people who made her, and the few who will become something altogether beyond human.

Humankind has just taken its first step toward the stars.

This was pretty fascinating and if you're into sci-fi this will definitely hit the spot.

This starts off on the Dressler with Captain Colin McAvery, Dr. Anastasia Anatov, and Engineer Jackson Hammond as they float through space carrying a seedling towards an asteroid where it will be harvested. The ship they are on is made from bio and mechanical parts, and the scientist (Ana) on board is harvesting the seedling to create a fully bio ship/world for humans to live on. It's all pretty intriguing.

Throughout the story we get a glimpse into the ship mind which appears to have independent thought, and dreams often. It wasn't in the creepy ghost in the machine way, but a cognizant being worthy of respect and consideration.

Some drama ensues during this harvest mission but the end result works well.

Part Two is set 10 years after the seedling is harvested and a colony is being built (grown) on this new ship/asteroid world. Jackson's son has arrived on this new world and is ready for an adventure and some answers.

I loved the lush world that is built in this story. I can picture it in my mind and would love to visit. The additional characters introduced were generally well developed and interesting, but mostly I just loved the world. The writing style was easily followed, and although there is some technical language, it isn't overwhelming. The flow is easy, and I got lost in the adventures, and imagining the surroundings.

If you're looking for a fairly easy to read, but complex adventure story set in futuristic space, this is definitely a winner for me.

I will be looking out for this author’s other work.

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