Pandora's Razor

Hope's War - Book 2

Fiction - Science Fiction
503 Pages
Reviewed on 04/10/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Pandora's Razor by Ray Strong is the second installment in the Hope’s War Series. In this compelling space opera, Meriel Hope must stand her ground against relentlessly manipulative forces after exposing a corrupt government. Following the events of the previous volume, Meriel and her sister Elizabeth have become orphans and have now found refuge on a planet called Haven. What Meriel has done is something that those in power will not take sitting down. She is aware that they will come for her and even for her loved ones. Her stepdaughters Sandy and Becky are already targets and so are her neighbors and Stewardville and LeHavre Station. The Archtrope and BioLuna are determined to put all of them in chains. In a world where sinister forces are laundering internal body parts and running a black market in transplant organs, Meriel cannot afford to keep hiding.

One of the great strengths of Pandora’s Razor is that it truly confronts the challenge of being a story about space-age conspiracy and corruption. Ray Strong’s fictional world feels very alive to the senses, one that you can almost feel so you are sympathetic to Meriel’s predicament. But at the same time, you have faith that she will emerge triumphant in the end. It’s a storyline filled with awe, an allegory about an innocent woman in a universe that is prepared to crush her. Despite being speculative, it has a deeper and more intelligent way of handling its Kafkaesque views. It is a story painted with bold and evocative words so that it rises above your typical sci-fi adventure tale. It sets the bar high when it comes to world-building, and fans of the genre will enjoy this book for its characters that continue to develop and change up until the last page.