"Innovative science fiction"
The Escheton, an artificial intelligence, caused the human
disappearance on Earth, sending the nine billion people to
different planets by opening macroscopic wormholes in
space-time. People were warned not to violate causality
(time travel) or they would suffer the consequences by the
Escheton or its agents. Five years ago, weapons of mass
destruction destroyed the planetary system of Moscow
though nobody knows who caused it.
Moscow had in orbit four ships that were sent to destroy
the 800 million inhabitants of New Dresden who they
believed caused the destruction of their planet. There
are people who know the codes to abort the attack but an
enemy who seems invisible and invinciple is killing them
one by one. Rachel Mansour, a black ops agent is sent to
New Dresden where two of the people with the codes are
staying and hopes to bait a trap to catch the assassin and
find out who is behind this tragedy. On New Dresden is
Wednesday, a Goth teenage, who works with the Escheton to
learn who the enemy is and destroy it. The teen has
knowledge that she is not aware of that could solve
everyone's dilemma if only if she can figure out what it
IRON SUNRISE is innovative science fiction with many
subplots leading seamlessly back to the main storyline.
The characters are well developed and feel realistic
especially Wednesday, whose parents were killed by the
same group that was involved in destroying her home world
Moscow. Although she is emotionally a mess, she has the
brains to be an agent of Escheton even though for much of
the book she does not know what its' plans for her are.
Charles Stross is a great storyteller and an author who is
superstar bound in the science fiction galaxy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 9, 2004