Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells - My Thoughts
Thank you SO much, KJ Charles for bringing this book to my attention. I loved it! :) I have to say, I don't read everything that KJ recs, but I have found that the ones she recommends that catch my interest with the genre and blurb are never a disappointment.
The first half and a bit of the book was admittedly a bit slow. Interesting but slow, I found. We were getting to know the characters of importance, Hob, Mag, Nick, the Bone Collector etc... and learning some of the way Tanegawa's World works. It's a mining world with some farm communities and one big city - I think. In charge of the planet is Transrifts Inc., a mining company that holds most of the planet under its heavy heel. The company also controls the mysterious people, the Weathermen. These are also the people who have talents/abilities to facilitate rift space travel.
So, Hob, one of the main characters, is a young woman who is a member of a mercenary biker gang that lives apart from 'normal' society. Exiles for the most part. Hob is not native to the planet, she came by spaceship as a child, a stowaway type thing, I think I gathered, and was adopted by the leader of the bikers, Nick. Nick also has a brother, who is a miner, a team leader if I'm not mistaken. There's a wife and a daughter, Mag. Mag is the other main character in the book and is as different as night and day from Hob, her adopted cousin.
Anyway, there are strange things afoot on Tanegawa's World and everything points to some sort of huge change for its inhabitants. Rebellion? Natural disaster? Further enslavery by the company? God knows. But when you get into the second half of the book, the action picks up and things get really, really good. The characters come really alive now. And rebellion/resistance is a trope that gets me every time. There's some magic involved. There are spies. There are raids and assassinations and plots and mysteries afoot. Hardly anything gets settled by the end of the book, but I didn't find that a problem. It's a jumping off point, like the first, establishing season of a good TV series. And this would make a great series, I think. The characters are rich with depth, and diverse, and they feel real, which is very important to me.
I can't wait to read the next one! Which is out in February.