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Synopsis: Three comfortable lives are shattered when a wave of inexplicable events exposes the fragility of human society. With an unprecedented celestial phenomenon, devastating high tides, a breakdown in global communication networks, and the sudden appearance of violent ring-gangs swarming through cities and towns, Kimberley, Scott and Bryn struggle to understand the vast events unfolding around them. Will they survive the Artemis Effect? Will they discover the truth behind the collapse of society before it’s too late?

Review: The Artemis Effect by Kasia James is an intriguing, international tale of mystery intertwined with mystical truth.  Told with Brontesque skill and an unerring ear for the nuances of relationship and personality, it engages the reader from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last.

The only issue, and it is a minor one, that I had with this book is that even the Americans had Australian accents. James does an excellent job of giving each character a unique voice, but she has a tendency toward Australian vernacular which offers a slight distraction from the story.

In the end it was a great read with an ending that managed to both surprise and satisfy. Though nominally science fiction, The Artemis Effect tends to defy genres as it has elements of romance, adventure and mystery wrapped inside the SciFi which offers something for pretty much everyone.

Author Bio: Kasia James writes primarily science fiction, with forays into other slightly unreal realities. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a hydrologist and a big black cat called George.

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