The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, by Stephen Hunt
This book, while well-written and generally quite enjoyable, is probably about 100 pages too long. The story is refreshingly original, the world is extremely detailed and well thought out, the characters are believable and relatable, and over all, I had fun trying to piece it all together along with the characters. However, around the last fifth of the book, the writing starts to get rather staid, and feels almost tired. That being said, I have an incredible amount of respect for authors who delve into something that is entirely new. The world in which Amelia Harsh lives is vaguely similar to our own, and seems as though it could be modeled on a far distant future Earth. Religion and science intermingle comfortably; both are quite real and quite powerful. But the motivations remain wholly human: greed, regret, longing, nostalgia. Hunt is a master at creating worlds, he just needs an editor with a bit of a heavier hand. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.