Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Sci-fi, mystery
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
Six Wakes is a mystery in space that reminded me a lot of the TV show Dark Matter and maybe a little of Voice in the Whirlwind by Walter Jon Williams. The crew of a generational space ship wake up in new cloned bodies to find that they have all been murdered. But none of them remember what happened. Really there is more than one mystery here. Who killed them all, why that person killed them, and why they are all on this ship in the first place. As the story progresses we get back stories on each of the characters a piece at a time until all is revealed.
I enjoyed all of the characters, but Maria and Hiro were probably the two that I enjoyed the most. I also enjoyed the A.I. IAN a lot as well. The book poses a lot of questions about cloning itself and how ethical it really would be if a person could clone themselves over and over, plus all of the problems that could arise from it, what rights should that clone have and so on. I really enjoyed pondering all of these things.
In the end I didn't find the mysteries very hard to figure out but I ended up enjoying the story anyway. This book was read for Fantasy Book Club and I think there will be loads of things to discuss.
We made Coquito Acaramelados which is a Cuban dessert featured in the book and Jello clones in cloning vats for the book club treats. I think the clones came out so cute!
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