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A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer - before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

©2017 Mur Lafferty (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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I can't listen to this.

This is a review of the audiobook only.

I haven't finished the book. In fact, I'm only one hour in, but I'm going to have to return it. From what I've heard so far, the author is talented. She's set up a really interesting premise and I'm intrigued to learn more. But the narration is terrible. I really wish a professional narrator or voice actor had been hired to do this because Ms. Lafferty isn't doing her own story any justice. Everyone has been given the same voice and inflection so I can't tell who is speaking unless the book explicitly states it.

So I'm returning the Audible version of this book and will pick it up in print.

33 of 33 people found this review helpful

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excellent story and characters

This book is a very clever take on what it would mean for society if people could essentially live forever through cloning. it's not the first sci-fi to explore this concept but definitely holds it own. I liked the world and the mystery.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Engaging, complex murder mystery in space

Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes is a fascinating murder mystery that takes place on a colony ship with only six crew and an AI. The story begins with 5 of the 6 "waking" up from a cloning process only to discover that they appear to be 25 years into a 400 year mission, but with no memory of the intervening time (their mind maps were reconstructed from the start of the mission). Most of the ship's logs have also been wiped. The captain is found in a coma with severe head trauma, while the remainder had been stabbed, poisoned, or hanged. The story involves a reconstruction of the events leading up to the gruesome events. Each crewman has a secret past with run-ins with the law as they are the only individuals who would sign on to crew a ship for 400 years being cloned every 30 to 40 years in exchange for complete pardons.

The sci-fi elements involve routine space travel, with the cloning process resulting in adult bodies into which a "mind map" of the individual is inserted with the potential for much abuse. Time is spent with many issues and concerns that have arisen throughout its history such that restrictive laws are in place that impact future action. At the same time, each crewman has a secret past that is gradually disclosed to reveal a truly diabolical plot of enormous proportions. This is a wonderful mashup of Richard K Morgan's "resleeving" and Dan Simmons' Hyperion in the setting of an intricate murder mystery.

The narration is a major deficiency. "Auto-narration" is infrequently handled well, except for comedic storylines where timing and delivery are crucial for the humor to come through. In this case, there is little to no character distinction. Pacing, tone, and mood are equally non-existent. The story is simply read, rather than spoken with feeling and intensity.

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A bit annoying

The narrator has the most annoying voice. Never thought I would listen to a book that had a narrator who would make me hate some characters.

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A locked room murder mystery in space

Maria Arena is one of the six crew members of the generation starship Dormire.

Like the other five crew members, she's a clone. Clones at this time have some specific rights, and some specific limitations on their rights, compared to non-clones, who are simply called "humans."

While waking up in a cloning vat isn't unusual, it is unusual to to wake up covered in blood, and to have no memory of how you died. It's even more unusual to discover you and four other members of the crew have been murdered, and the sixth crew member, the captain, is lying in the medical bay injured and in a coma. But her new clone has been awakened, too, making one of them an illegal copy.

They've been en route nearly twenty-five years, and the mind maps they presumably made in that interval have all been wiped. One of them is a murderer, and they have no idea which one or why, and they have no memories of the quarter century of time they've spent in space together and the events that may have led up to the crime.

After that, every additional piece of information they get makes things worse.

They have a cargo full of passengers in cryogenic storage, nearly two centuries to go in their journey to the world they're to colonize, and oh yes, it turns out they all have motives for murder, and criminal records that successful completion of this trip would have wiped out.

They aren't, as they were told, a crew carefully selected to be successful together.

And the ship's AI is turning them around, to head back to Earth, where they could all be executed.

Generation starship, clones, strong AI, and a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.

Can they solve it before the return to Earth is irreversible? Or before whoever the killer is does it again?

It's a very character-driven story with the sf elements, cloning, AI, and centuries-long star travel, all essential to the plot. All the characters are flawed; they've all done bad things in their past. And they all have real strengths.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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Skip the Audiobook

The story was pretty good, but the narration was awful. Author sounded like a librarian reading to elementary school students. I would recommend reading the book for yourself.

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Mind mapping and clones

Mind mapping, clones, criminals, artificial intelligence, political manipulation and a murder mystery all tied into one. There isn't any "R" rated content which I know bothers some listeners.
This book does dip its toe into the ethically troubled waters of replacement clones and immortality. A few times while listening the author gave me pause as I considered the human laws in the world she created.
For all the sci-fi fans looking for a break from the Space Opera genre, consider this well done story.

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Terrible terrible TERRIBLE reading.

This is a good book ruined by the author’s reading.

The publisher should make a better version of this book read by a competent voice actor.

What a waste of good material.

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Author reading

She should have let a professional read the book. The story was good. The Arthur's tone deafness and lack of infliction really brings you out the story.

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The story sounded interesting

It probably is interesting... but the narration kills it. She's not *horrible* but her voice gets monotonous. Nothing changes from one character to another. There's inflection - but it's like someone reading their child a bedtime story.

Most authors should invest in a professional to read their books, as very few can do it well themselves. Listen closely to the sample: that's continuous. I wish I'd paid attention to the reviews.

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