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Apocalypse Six by Jason Hill takes place in 2078. The US has its first female president, President Kane. Her father is a disgraced senator who went to prison for treason. But she wins the endorsement of the most prominent black politician in Washington, Speaker of the House Quincy Jackson, on the promise to appoint the first black astronaut on a special space mission. The story begins with the black astronaut getting trapped in space, unable to return or continue the mission, and needing a rescue spacecraft that'll cost billions of dollars of taxpayers' money. The president wrestles with the decision to rescue or abandon him, weighing both external and personal interests. Meanwhile, an insurrection is brewing behind closed doors because some top Pentagon officials believe the country has gone far beyond the direction intended by the founding fathers. While some extraterrestrial beings are ready for this impending doom, the life of the first female president may be in grave danger.
Apocalypse Six by Jason Hill presents a compelling mix of sci-fi with fantasy in a futuristic world that has enormous similarities with our current one. I love this choice of setting because it allows readers to focus on the intriguing political drama as it unfolds without being distracted by excessive worldbuilding. The narration style is straightforward, unique, and captivating, presenting easy-to-read prose. I love how the crucial moments in the drama have a slow-paced narration which builds enough tension and allows readers to imagine themselves in these scenes as the chaos unfolds. The main character, President Kane, is very endearing and relatable. Being the first female president comes with many problems, which she deals with against a background that should have impeded her progress in Washington. This book tells a compelling story rooted in the current state of American politics with a blend of space exploration and Greek mythology. I can't wait to read the next installment in this series to find out more.