Review: Maelstrom, Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Rating: 3 out of 5

In many ways this reminded me of the archaeological novella on Amnthra—supposedly part of the same series, the reader is given no information about how this connects to the Fleet or Lost Souls. But while the Amnthra story was enjoyable based on it’s own merits, this one doesn’t carry the same strength.

It’s very clear here that these guys have no connection whatsoever to the Fleet, so it remains to be seen how and whether the larger Diving Universe connects to this title. This separation from the stories I really like made this book tough to appreciate. In addition, the introspective report-style storytelling differs greatly from what I’ve come to expect from a Diving story, so this also put me somewhat off.

Where can this go from here? I’m guessing we either see the creation of the maelstrom or someone else caught in it. But, then again, it wouldn’t be bad to never come back to it and to leave this episode behind.

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