Orion Rising by Chard Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a unique little post-apocalyptic vision - think Total Recall 2012 (the world's population restricted to only a few small corners of the globe, and jam-packed into those tight, confined spaces) crossed with The Last Ship (seafaring adventure aplenty.) There are a few slow spots, but then the action ramps up again, reminding you that this is a dangerous, deadly future populated with people trying to survive, as you do.
I'm told that this one won't exactly have a direct sequel - but there is at least one story planned to be set in the same universe. So it'll be more like Westerfeld's Last Days - a spinoff-sequel, maybe featuring the return of Orion et al. I hope.
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