A scientist aiming to colonize a new planet faces strong—and potentially lethal—opposition from an affluent rival in Hachem’s sci-fi debut.

In 2083, the world’s largest space vessel is finally ready for launch after more than three decades in the making. Its destination is Legaia, a planet that will be home to close to 100,000 colonists, most chosen by lottery. The project is the life’s work of nanotechnology professor Dr. Randal Porter, whose robotics company, Nanoflèche Technologies, develops top-of-the-line, “nandroid”-class robots. Randal’s brilliant protégé, Monte Cizek, will be living on Legaia as well, with his own family. Monte’s late father, Chris, was a robotics/aeronautics pioneer and Randal’s friend, so Randal enlists Nate, the latest-generation nandroid, to be Monte’s bodyguard. Nate is a “level-eight” machine, which Randal designed to learn through observation. It turns out that Randal has good reason to worry, because his old pal–turned-enemy, Richard Hurlocke, attempts to sabotage the Legaia project before the ship is even off the ground. Richard’s Android Sustainability Group manufactures robots that are similar to NTI’s but quite a few technological steps behind. Richard wants to end his former friend’s “reign” with a plan that would likely put most, if not all, of Legaia’s new population in danger. Despite the presence of a relentless villain, much of Hachem’s tale is easygoing, as it concentrates mainly on Monte’s personal life. The young scientist inches closer to his love interest, Claire Ortega, and also gets overwhelmed by Nate’s insistence on accompanying him everywhere. Although Monte is intelligent (he indisputably grasps NTI’s tech, for example), he often doesn’t take things seriously; at one point, for instance, he’s distracted by a voice message from Claire and nearly fouls up Nate’s upgrade. The story ramps up, however, in the final act, with a possible mole among the authorities, more than one surprising loss, and the possibility of a massive confrontation. Hachem teases but doesn’t fully explain certain aspects of his fictional world, including a mysterious pandemic back in 2047 and Chris Cizek’s alcoholism, which leaves the door open for sequels. An expansive tale, despite its focus on one character, that offers trendy tech and substantial back story for a planned series.

Pub Date: Dec. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9984281-0-9

Page Count: 354

Publisher: 3rd Millennia Entertainment

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2017

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There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.


Passion, friendship, heartbreak, and forgiveness ring true in Lovering's debut, the tale of a young woman's obsession with a man who's "good at being charming."

Long Island native Lucy Albright, starts her freshman year at Baird College in Southern California, intending to study English and journalism and become a travel writer. Stephen DeMarco, an upperclassman, is a political science major who plans to become a lawyer. Soon after they meet, Lucy tells Stephen an intensely personal story about the Unforgivable Thing, a betrayal that turned Lucy against her mother. Stephen pretends to listen to Lucy's painful disclosure, but all his thoughts are about her exposed black bra strap and her nipples pressing against her thin cotton T-shirt. It doesn't take Lucy long to realize Stephen's a "manipulative jerk" and she is "beyond pathetic" in her desire for him, but their lives are now intertwined. Their story takes seven years to unfold, but it's a fast-paced ride through hookups, breakups, and infidelities fueled by alcohol and cocaine and with oodles of sizzling sexual tension. "Lucy was an itch, a song stuck in your head or a movie you need to rewatch or a food you suddenly crave," Stephen says in one of his point-of-view chapters, which alternate with Lucy's. The ending is perfect, as Lucy figures out the dark secret Stephen has kept hidden and learns the difference between lustful addiction and mature love.

There are unforgettable beauties in this very sexy story.

Pub Date: June 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-6964-9

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: March 20, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2018

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The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

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Four men who meet as college roommates move to New York and spend the next three decades gaining renown in their professions—as an architect, painter, actor and lawyer—and struggling with demons in their intertwined personal lives.

Yanagihara (The People in the Trees, 2013) takes the still-bold leap of writing about characters who don’t share her background; in addition to being male, JB is African-American, Malcolm has a black father and white mother, Willem is white, and “Jude’s race was undetermined”—deserted at birth, he was raised in a monastery and had an unspeakably traumatic childhood that’s revealed slowly over the course of the book. Two of them are gay, one straight and one bisexual. There isn’t a single significant female character, and for a long novel, there isn’t much plot. There aren’t even many markers of what’s happening in the outside world; Jude moves to a loft in SoHo as a young man, but we don’t see the neighborhood change from gritty artists’ enclave to glitzy tourist destination. What we get instead is an intensely interior look at the friends’ psyches and relationships, and it’s utterly enthralling. The four men think about work and creativity and success and failure; they cook for each other, compete with each other and jostle for each other’s affection. JB bases his entire artistic career on painting portraits of his friends, while Malcolm takes care of them by designing their apartments and houses. When Jude, as an adult, is adopted by his favorite Harvard law professor, his friends join him for Thanksgiving in Cambridge every year. And when Willem becomes a movie star, they all bask in his glow. Eventually, the tone darkens and the story narrows to focus on Jude as the pain of his past cuts deep into his carefully constructed life.  

The phrase “tour de force” could have been invented for this audacious novel.

Pub Date: March 10, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-385-53925-8

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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