Tell me you don’t want to read a book about a space witch. Go on. Space witch.
KILLING GRAVITY by Corey J White is as modern a piece of genre pop space opera as you’ll find this summer, with a nicely diverse cast, a cute space ferret of death and a female protagonist most often referred to as a void-damned space witch.
I feel like you don’t need to know much else. It’s a short book, with clear and snappy prose, very propulsive and cramming a lot into a small space. It’s distilled, like Corey’s been waiting a while to tell the story and cooked it down into the strongest possible dose. With everything else going on in the world. you might want to lose a day to a politically-inflected yet light-footed yarn of surgical authoritarianism, non-binary space captains, cold vacuum and, I mention again, a space witch. Go on. It’s fun.
VOID BLACK SHADOW by Corey J White is the sequel to KILLING GRAVITY, being the continuing science fiction tale of Mars Xi, an actual no-shit SPACE WITCH. That probably sold the books to some of you all on its own. (Space witch, complete with a cat-like gengineered-weirdo familiar that, in my head, always looks more like a ferret for some reason.)
VOID BLACK SHADOW was, for me, a really fast read. It just clatters along, and it packs a lot in – a lot more than I originally expected. Every time you think it’s going to settle into “Oh, so this is where the rest of the book is set,” White just blasts through it and throws a bunch of new stuff at you. White is due to be discovered as a John Scalzi-like crowdpleaser with sharper teeth and a real flair for the Big Stuff.
VOID BLACK SHADOW is a wild, explosive ride through the deep dark. You’ll like it.
STATIC RUIN by Corey J White, the concluding part of the Void Witch Trilogy. It’s quieter than the full widescreen apocalypse of the middle part. It’s melancholy and twisty and poisonous. At this point, I, the reader, feel fairly sure that Mars Xi is unkillable. But that doesn’t mean she can’t be harmed, and it doesn’t mean the sparse but affecting supporting cast can’t be murdered — we know that, the trilogy has amassed quite the body count. But the book still has speed, and stakes, and threat, smartly winding in plot threads and materials from the other books while introducing new characters who fit well into the work’s concluding themes. He even gets away with the liiiitle bit of deus ex machina towards the end, because it’s handled so lightly and it makes you smile.