Beacon 23: The Complete Novel by Hugh Howey
Published: August 2015 by CreatespaceSource: PurchasedRating: 5+ Stars
For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to.
So we all already know Lauren is a Hugh Howey fan... but c'mon now. It seems that everything I read by him is golden. Maybe he's my soulmate? Shhh... don't tell my significant other.
We've got a male main character who is a lighthouse keeper... in space. You know how in Star Wars and every space movie or TV show ever how spaceships go into hyperspace and ZOOM... they're light years away. Well there are lighthouses (aka beacons) that are in different sections of space that let spaceships know where they can and can't hyperspace jump to. For example, if a certain beacon went down and a spaceship is about to hyperspace jump to that sector, that spaceship could end up smack in the middle of an asteroid or heck, another planet!
Our main character has had a pretty interesting past. One I definitely would not like to have lived, but hey... we don't always have choices. His attitude is extremely relatable to me as I might be a bit of a smart ass, but he has his weak moments as well... just as we all do.
This is one of those easily spoiled books (well a collection of novellas) where I'm just going to write yet another vague review. You can call it lazy, you can call it a teaser. Either way, I loved this book and I know anyone who frequents the science fiction genre, especially pertaining to space, will love this one as well.