by Therin Knite
I found this book through the author’s blog and was intrigued by its description. It takes place in the year 2712 in Washington, DC, United Republic of Earth. Adem Adamend is an under-appreciated, 23-year-old genius who solves crimes for the IBI (Interdistrict Bureau of Intelligence). When Adem identifies a dragon as the impossible suspect in the murder of a high-profile lawyer, the highly secretive EDPA takes over the case. But Adem can’t drop his interest in the case, and he soon finds himself enmeshed in a deadly game.
Though it took me a while to get into the story, once I wrapped my head around it I had to hang on to keep up. The premise of Echoes is fascinating though to explain it here would spoil the story. Suffice to say, Knite’s imagination will take you places you didn’t know you could go. Knite has created a colourful cast of characters, but I would have liked to see them invested more emotionally in the story. At times their reactions and motivations seemed thin.
Echoes is an impressive debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Therin Knite and would recommend Echoes to those who enjoy dystopian or speculative fiction.
(This review has appeared elsewhere.)