It’s good to try new things, go places you normally might not, read books outside your usual genre. If you stay in your comfort zone, who knows what you might miss? I’m not a sci-fi buff, but I just finished an intriguing new techno-thriller, 4 years in the making, and thought I’d share my findings with you, in case you’re in the market for a sci-fi thriller, a good book, or just a change…….
Little Deadly Things is a techno sci-fi thriller, including futuristic elements.
The story begins in 2038 in Boston, MA, where a tense meeting takes place between a disturbed world class scientist and an animal trainer/handler. One wants something from the other and has no right to ask. This is a terrific hook and questions are immediately raised.
Protagonist, Eva Rozen is the product of a brutal childhood and possesses a brilliant mind. Her goal is to control the future of medicine using nanotechnology, but she can’t do it alone and needs the help of another brilliant mind. Problems arise when Eva’s dark side causes conflict among her colleagues, and her project partner, Marta Cruz, suspects not only her true motives, but her intentions towards Jim Ecco, Marta’s own husband.
The plot is complex and imaginative. A technical mind capable of bending itself around futuristic inventions and concepts might find it easier to understand and follow. The history of Eva Rozen and the cause of her sociopathic tendencies is relayed as back story, which complicates the story at the beginning; however, once the reader is familiar with the author’s style, the flow is smoother. The romantic tension between Eva and Jim adds another complex layer.
The characters in LDT are all flawed, yet the antagonist remains clear and even elicits sympathy, to a degree. Marta and Jim are portrayed as gentle, while Eva is presented as a tormented individual and insane, so the friendships that develop between them and the pairing of the two scientists in a project that could alter the course of medicine – with the potential for global destruction – is interesting, and quite chilling. The idea of future technology in the wrong hands creates a terrifying mental image.
The author creates a fascinating futuristic world of nanotechnology, in which two brilliant scientists – the force of good and evil – share ideas and dreams, before the discord between them erupts and culminates in each battling for control. LDT is a character driven thriller, with fantastic sci-fi components and tests the boundaries of friendship, loyalty, and belief. It is a fascinating trip into the scientific future and the study of the human psyche.