(Artemis Awakened #1)
by Jane Lindskold
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
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Artemis Awakening is the start of a new series by New York Times bestseller Jane Lindskold. The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay…but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had “bested” the environment.
The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet’s secrets…and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.
Archeologist Griffin Dane crash lands on a plant that has been abandoned for centuries by the humans that once created it. They built a technologically advanced Eden in which they could play and bioengineered people and animals for entertainment.
When Griffin crashes he immediately comes into contact with Adara and her puma Sand Shadow. Together they will travel to the more civilized parts of the world and discover what has developed over the centuries they have lived on their own. After the war years ago, stories about Artemis have now become fable in Griffin's time and his determination to not only find Artemis but also to explore it has always been a dream of his.
The people of Artemis have been divided by class with a focus on the modifications the original makers made on them. Animals and humans with psychic abilities, limbs that not of their kind. and differences between the sexes. This mixing of all forms of beings also translates into a romantic/sexual area throughout the novel as well. As, of course you can imagine the builders of the world wanting a fully..sensational vacation would have included some sort of sexual entertainment as well.
The story gets incredibly crazy towards the end and some of the secrets of the darker side of the civilization begin to take form. The questions will stack higher than the answers, the plot will soon lead to an incredibly deranged character that is sure to bring huge drama to the continuing books of the series. If you like your villains completely evil and psychotic this is a book or you.
I have always wanted to read a book by Jane Lindskold and I am happy that I started with this one. It was something I took at a slower pace because of the mind set I had to put myself in to really understand the story and follow the characters through this crazy world. It was highly enjoyable and a series that I am very excited to continue reading. Fans of science fiction and fantasy shouldn't miss out on this one.
Jane Lindskold is an amazing writer, her world building and characters are some of the best out there.