Review: Hurricane by Janet Edwards

Hurricane by Janet EdwardsHurricane by Janet Edwards

Series: Hive Mind #3

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2018

394 pages

Synopsis: Being a telepath means there is always a new challenge.

Eighteen-year-old Amber is the youngest of the five telepaths who protect the hundred million citizens of one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. Her job is hunting down criminals before they commit their crimes, but this time a simple case leads on to something far bigger.

This is a case where Amber’s team have to face the unknown and break all the rules they usually follow. Lucas must take centre stage, while Amber has extra burdens she can’t share with anyone. She has a personal mystery to solve, and questions she wants answered, but curiosity is a dangerous trait in a telepath.

My thoughts

I’ve read all three books written in this series so far. Janet Edwards continues to be one of my favorite authors. I love her Earth Girl series which I read a few years ago and am so happy to have found this series. It’s in a completely different world than the Earth Girl series, but no less interesting.

Strong characterization is one of the hallmarks of Edwards’ writing. I like that I feel I “know” so many of her characters. Of course, Amber is the main character in these books and I have the most insight into her and her thoughts. She’s not always happy in her position as one of the five telepaths of the Hive. However, she’s fully aware of her importance to the Hive and that she must put aside any ambivalence and do her job. She’s slowly growing into her role and slowly coming to terms with her new life.

Another of Edwards’ strengths is her strong world building. The Hive is such an interesting place and in each book we find out a little more about this world. In this book we discover that not only are there other Hives throughout the world, but there is also a small community living outside Amber’s Hive known as the sea farm. People at the sea farm may live their entire lives Outside. This is a mind blowing idea for Amber and her team. Amber and some of her team have been Outside in previous books and have gotten more used to working out there, if necessary, but none of them can imagine wanting to live Outside the Hive. The idea that some people actually want to live Outside is very strange to them all.

Crimes are taking place at the sea farm and since Amber and her team are the only telepath unit that can work Outside they have to travel to sea farm. I found the sea farm very interesting. Janet Edwards has expanded the world building to include these people as well as others in other parts of the world who farm and fish and provide food for the hives. There is even some travel and interaction between these groups.

I like that these books are not only science fiction, but also adventure stories and mysteries. Although this isn’t my favorite book of the three books in this series I did like it and look forward to more books in this series. I felt the mystery wasn’t quite as strong as in the first two books. However, I’m looking forward to learning more about this world and maybe why most people live in Hives. And I want more adventures with Amber and her team!

My rating: B

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