Six Wakes

Six Wakes

Book - 2017
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"A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer -- before they kill again. It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently..."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316389686
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 21 cm


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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

Agatha Christie in space – with clones. Too simplistic a summary; but that is the quick hook. This is a fascinating murder mystery on a space ship, with tricky characters and a complicated explanation.

Six crew members on a spaceship wake up from being newly cloned. The scene around them is horrific as they discover their own murdered bodies, floating in zero gravity. The ship, filled with cryo-preserved settlers on their way to another planet to start a colony, is off course and the Artificial Intelligence which should be running the ship is offline. Commonly used technology is available to store a mindmap of each person’s personality and memories and to download it to the new clone’s brain. However, it appears that the many years of memories of spaceflight that should have been there are gone. The newly cloned crew has only the memories they brought aboard with them decades before. They were told before they went on the trip that all six crew members had criminal backgrounds and were using this flight to clear their records. How can they discover what happened and if one of them has a fatal flaw that will make it happen again?

In true mystery fashion, the characters are full of contradictions. No one is exactly who they say they are and some may not be who they *think* they are. Great tension, fascinating back stories for each character.

Sep 12, 2018

I found it quite entertaining. The plot isn't incredibly new, but the characters were interesting and the writing was quite nice. The abrupt ending was a little frustrating, but I guess gives ample room for a second book.

Jun 05, 2018

Writing was mediocre, characters underdeveloped... concept had potential to be really interesting but poor execution made this a disappointing read.

KateHillier May 25, 2018

I feel like I've seen the general plot of a bunch of people waking up in space with minimal memory before but this was entertaining. The crew wakes up in new cloned bodies to a murder scene. They have all been killed, their passengers are still in cryo sleep, they are off course and as far as they remember they only just boarded. That is far from true. What follows is the crew, with the help of the ship's AI, trying to piece together what happened and why. There is paranoia, a mystery, far future Earth norms re: cloning, and a whole lot of different secrets and motivations. A fun, quick read for those who like their thrillers in space.

Dec 30, 2017

I loved this book. It's a little difficult to get into at first, but very quickly grabs you. It made me this about cloning and how that whole issue will be treated in the future. Cloning as a way to extend human life, what can be edited out or put into your DNA, what rights humans would have over clones, etc, etc. The ending was a bit too neatly resolved but I would be interested if the author writes more stories set in this universe.

Nov 27, 2017

Just not my kind of sf story.

Jul 20, 2017

What a surprisingly good book!
I thought I was in for some Space Opera murder mystery, but the world created by the author is vastly intriguing and the concepts well defined.

Although in the end everything works out a little bit too well for everyone for my taste, the story has plenty of twists and turns, and it throws a lot of foreshadowing and little hints your way.

SFPL_danielay Jul 19, 2017

6 clones wake up on a spaceship with their bloody murdered former bodies floating around them and no memories of what happened. This book is more than a space mystery but also an exploration of how clones and non-clones could co-exist and long-distance space travel. If you are looking for an intelligent sci-fi novel that keeps you guessing right until the end, this is the book for you.

fineplan May 19, 2017

I loved this book so much that I constantly worried that it wouldn't end well and I'd be so crestfallen... but I needn't have worried at all. It was a fantastic ending.

I love the world building around how cloning could change society, how it could be used, what people would fight over... The mystery was all kinds of tricksy in all the right ways. What better than a mystery where no one actually knew if they'd done it themselves?

So tense and exciting, fun and clever -- I definitely recommend this one.

JCLCourtneyS Apr 19, 2017

If "locked-room murder mystery on a generation starship" sounds like a winner to you, then definitely give this one a try. It's fast-paced but thoughtful, and full of great characters.

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