Monday, December 12, 2016

Review: Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo

Synopsis: No one remembers where they came from or where they're going. For hundreds of years, the starship Argonos, home to generations of humans, has wandered throughout the galaxy, searching for other signs of life. Now, a steady, unidentified transmission lures them toward a nearby planet, where remnants of shocking brutality will send the ship reeling into deep space-and into a haunting alien mystery. (from the online description)

Review: I read this as part of a November Ship Them Fools read hosted by Red Star Reviews. Horror is a new genre for me, so one set in space seemed just my sort.
This was creepy - less because of the monster (who is alluded to more than shown) but creepy because of the characters and the volatile nature of humans when we are afraid. Often, it was the characters who scared me more than the monster. The idea of being trapped on the Argonos for generations, the unknown, the inability to escape, the darkness inside the people who live there – that is the true terror to me. Russo did an excellent job of creating a creepy, suspenseful world.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: Philip K. Dick Award, 2001

ISBN: 0-441-00798-8
Year Published: 2001
Date Finished: 11-20-2016
Pages: 370

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