A friend of mine let me know about this book a while back. Searching for something to read, I decided to pick Recreance up.
The two main characters, Clem and Oren, are teenagers. As one learns, they live in a closed city that is sheltered from the damaged world. The Ministry runs the city, and life is pleasant. Or is it? At the beginning of the story, they inadvertently come across a Breaker – a type of deadly interrogator the general population have no knowledge of. When Oren’s great grandmother disappears instead of Ascending, Oren’s family is threatened. A ko’jin named Khalil rescues Oren from destruction at the hands of Breakers and they travel away from the city and out into the world. And that’s just the beginning of the story.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Chambers had my attention from the first page, and I just kept on reading. A real page turner. The worldbuilding is excellent, and very inventive, with creative monsters. Chambers certainly has an outstanding imagination. It’s not every day one comes across something so original, unencumbered by the numerous tropes that litter scifi.
I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Oh – and I simply ADORE the cover.