Lucas Bale’s debut, ‘The Heretic’, hasn’t had a single bad review on Amazon or elsewhere. That alone makes it a strong Scifi365 Book of the Week candidate. The fact that it’s a great slice of character driven Science Fiction seals the deal.
Centuries have passed since the First Cataclysm ended life on Earth. Humanity’s survivors are now dispersed among distant colonies, thousands of light years from the barren rock that was once their home.
New rulers, the Consulate Magistratus, control interstellar travel, access to technology – even procreation. Every citizen is implanted with a device to monitor every aspect of their lives. All crime is punished by banishment, or a lifetime aboard the Kolyma prison fleet.
Humanity’s true history survives only in whispers of a secret archive. Yet there are those who want to be free. A revolution is coming…
Calling ‘The Heretic’ a Post-Apocalyptic novel doesn’t do this justice. Plot and character driven, Bale doesn’t neglect the world building necessary to turn regular fiction into compelling Sci Fi. We’re not surprised that we couldn’t find a single bad review of this excellent debut.
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