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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Void is a sci-fi space opera thriller written by Jason Hill. In the latter half of the 21st century, a scientist named Jerry Atlas discovered the Halo Drive, a technology that makes faster than light speed travel possible for humans. However, when it falls into the wrong hands, Captain Butch Turner and his lover and investigative journalist, Penelope Kane, foil their plans, leading to the incarceration of Penelope's own father. Penelope soon becomes the next US president, and Butch leads the crew of The Exodus, an intergalactic spaceship on its way to seek a new planet compatible with human life. But the endeavor goes horribly wrong as Butch finds himself awake after a significant period of time with a missing crew and only the company of an AI in the mysterious void of intergalactic space.
Thoughtful, provocative, and highly ambitious, The Void is gripping from start to finish and leaves a lot to ponder about long after you've finished reading the book. Jason Hill incorporates action-packed sequences with long stretches of scenes that delve into theoretical scientific concepts, with a dash of cosmic horror thrown in the middle to create a mash-up of genres, forming something truly unique. The characters have well-defined traits, and most of them end up satisfyingly resolving their arcs. The pacing might feel a bit jarring because the narrative is divided into four parts, and sometimes the change in tone may overwhelm you a bit. Overall, I enjoyed The Void, and I will highly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of space opera novels.