Tracer – Rob Boffard
Series: Outer Earth
Author: Rob Boffard
Author Location: Vancouver, BC
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: June 2015
Back cover copy
A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences; a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded, and inescapable.
What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does there’ll be nowhere left to run.
Admittedly, this book was on my shelf, unread, for far too long. Now that I’ve read it, I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. If I had, I’d have already read books two and three in the series—in one sitting, if I could clear my schedule.
This book is fast-paced—the action does not stop. Every time I turned the page something exciting was happening and the plot was moving forward. Every scene in the book held major impact for the overall story and character arcs. It was a wonderfully quick read, and extremely difficult to put down.
The strongest aspect of this book is definitely character development. The main character, Riley Hale, is one tough chick. I really enjoyed reading a female protagonist fight the way she did—not only physically, which she did a lot of, but mentally as well. I could barely handle the twists thrown at her while reading it, but she got back up every time she was knocked down and did what she had to do.
Speaking of twists, wow. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, something new was thrown in that completely changed the situation and characters’ motivations. It is difficult to have as many twists as Tracer does without losing or confusing the reader, but Rob managed it beautifully.
Overall, Tracer is a must read for any science fiction fan. Heck, even if you’re not a regular science fiction reader, I would recommend this one anyway. Just make sure you have your whole day (or weekend, depending how fast you read) clear when you pick this one up because you won’t want to put it down.
Ellen is a freelance fiction editor, book reviewer, research assistant for Simon Fraser University, marketing coordinator for WCSFA, and member volunteer for Editors’ Association of Canada. As of September 2017, she will also be a master’s student of publishing at SFU. You can contact her via ellenmichelle.com for any editing queries and at firstname.lastname@example.org for book review queries.