Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In Retrospect Book Review

I have a great futuristic book to share with you today called In Retrospect written by Ellen Larson.
In Retrospect is a good old-fashioned whodunit set in a compelling post-apocalyptic future.

Former elite operative Merit Rafi suffered during her imprisonment at the end of a devastating war but the ultimate torment is being forced to investigate a murder she would gladly have committed herself.

In the year 3324 the Rasakans have attacked the technologically superior Oku. The war is a stalemate until the Oku commander General Zane abruptly surrenders. Merit a staunch member of the Oku resistance fights on but she and her comrades are soon captured. An uneasy peace ensues but the Rasakans conspire to gain control of the prized Oku time-travel technology.

When Zane is murdered the Rasakans exert control over Merit the last person on Earth capable of Forensic Retrospection.
This was an awesome book to read! I love reading Fantasy type books because they are truly like nothing in our lives right now and you can lose yourself in them because it's far beyond our reach, it makes it enjoyable to read and dream.

Of course, our heroine in this book, Merit goes through a lot of pain and is being put through a lot after she is captured. She finally has to give in to the one thing that she did not want to do in order to save her mother and sister.

The only thing I puzzled over and wasn't sure about was the shields that everyone kept over their faces. The book never really explained why they had to wear them and why each set of class of people had a different colored one. But, it's the future, so maybe the air isn't so great or something?

The story is about Merit finally getting herself back because she was lost for awhile after being captured and not being killed along with the others. She suffers survivor's guilt but finally a day comes when she see's a way to make things right.

There is a little bit of romance in the book, not a great deal, but some. This story is totally about Merit and her one shot at redemption and making a good life for herself and in the end finding her path to what she must do in the future.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Ellen Larson’s first story appeared in Yankee Magazine in 1971. She has sold stories to AHMM (Barry Award finalist) and Big Pulp and is the author of the NJ Mysteries, The Hatch and Brood of Time and Unfold the Evil, featuring a sleuthing reporter. Her current book is In Retrospect, a dystopian mystery (Carefully crafted whodunit -PW starred).

Larson lived for seventeen years in Egypt, where she developed a love of different cultures. She is editor of the Poisoned Pencil, the YA mystery imprint. These days she lives in an off-grid cabin in upstate New York, enjoying the solitude.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.