I have an interesting mix of emotions when I read Jo Zebedee’s work. It’s darker than I like, with far more emphasis on emotions I prefer not to dwell on. But it’s written so well that I end up getting sucked in anyway. And I’m not sorry I did.
Her characterization in particular is extremely well done. Her main character begins by doing something he knows to be wrong—all part of a struggle to survive—and you end up rooting for him anyway. His journey is grim, with a bewildering array of shifting alliances, but I wanted him to come through in the end.
The setting was easy to picture, even though I’ve never been to Ireland, let alone Belfast.
For those who enjoy Earth-based sci-fi and alien invasions, you’ll absolutely love it. If, like me, that sort of thing is rarely your cup of tea, this might prove an exception to the rule.