Six Wakes

{4.5/5} “On the way out, Maria paused to check on her own body, which she hadn’t really examined before. It seemed too gruesome to look into your own dead face. The body was strapped to a seat at one of the terminals, drifting gently against the tether. A large bubble of blood drifted from the back of her neck, where she had clearly been stabbed.”

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty, published in 2017

In the future when your body dies you just download your consciousness into a new clone. Six clones — the crew — wake up aboard a ship heading for a colony planet. The good news is the passengers are fine. The bad news is someone has murdered their previous clones, the ship is off course, and they have no memory of what’s happened the last 25 years.

It’s a murder mystery, and it’s also a fascinating discussion about the rights of clones. It’s also about the long game.

Eventually we get back stories for the characters — and they turn out to be integral to figuring out what’s going on.

I liked it a lot — the story grabbed me right away.

This is the 1st book by Lafferty I’ve read.

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