hey folks! today on the blog I’m gonna buck the norm and write a longer review than I typically do. I’ll add the bulleted list at the bottom.
I just finished reading Space Police Files by Jay Sandlin and… wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a traditional science fiction book and even longer since I, ya know, *liked* it.
The book is an anthology of interwoven stories about those either apart of or connected to someone who works for the Space Police. It’s set in the distant(ish) future, ripe with various creatures and each story is incredibly diverse (even though the main characters of each are different species, the author establishes religion, sexuality, gender, sometimes even race or ethnicity. Considering these are things the sci-fi genre routinely lack, it was refreshing to see).
I would say this book is like Black Mirror by way of American police force… and by that, I mean this book does an awesome job of showing (and a bit of telling, but honestly this book is *very* good at showing) how police forces can be incredibly corrupt, and how the main character isn’t necessarily the hero. Which is sooo cool.
Throughout the book I was unsure what to rate it. For awhile, I floated at the 3.5 or 3.75/5 rating but then the ending to the book wrapped up so neatly and jawdroppingly, I had to give it a 4/5. I might even change it higher the more I sit with it… I’ll think on it.
So there you have it! Click here to add it to the Storygraph (a superior Goodreads subsitute).
If you like…
- diverse characters
- sci-fi with a chilling twist
- Black Mirror x corrupt American police force
- compelling story line(s)
- supporting indie authors
You’ll love this one. 😉