If you've ever read a Simon Spurrier novel, you will understand how his voice has an almost dirty quality to it. His novels have a raw edge that isn't quite horror but manages to lend some of the gritty reality that the finest horror posses.
Nemorensis has that edge, an unusual style and very different to the other Elite novels. Change the name and you could forget it was set in the Elite universe. More than any other novel in the series, Nemorensis stands well on it's own.
The story follows two lovers who have stolen a spaceship and are carving a path of murder and mayhem through the galaxy. Revelling in the resulting Infamy and celeberity from the jaded youth of the Federation they seem to care little for their ineviatable capture or death. Following hot on their tails is a bounty hunter who seems to have a personal vendetta against the pair of killers.
Nemorensis a fast, frentic tale that has a dark humour running throughout the book (which includes a wonderfully sarcastic computer). It's very adult in nature with some graphic scenes of sex and to a lesser extent, violence. It's imaginative fun that graps you by the proverbials and doesn't let go. It's just as well it's a short book as any longer and it would need to carry a health warning for it's addictive nature.
The ending is perfectly played out too, a play on the whole cycle of life thing (but without singing lions).
Good fun wrapped in a whirlwind of sex and violence.
Written on Monday 1st December 2014 by Antony.
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