Nearly eight hundred years after a war that left Terra off limits to the rest of Sol System, humanity has devolved into a de-centralized and bureaucratic miasma.
Kep, a Guide to new arrivals to Sol, has her world turned upside down when an envoy from a nearly forgotten people returns as a diplomat from a distant system.
Now, she is caught in a race to keep corporations and guilds from obtaining an advanced foreign technology and to find a worthy power to gift it to.
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Envoy is Conrad Altmann’s first full length story. It was his labor of love through the first half of the 2020 pandemic and so was balanced between regular work, and semi-homeschooled kids.
I loved how the author integrated design in all the layers of the novel - from the font to the plot and storyline. Envoy's "narrative solar system" is very complex and well-thought-out, with a long, ice-berg like kind of history underneath the main visible plot. The characters are very nicely constructed and they drive home many characteristics of different contemporary cultures. Also, all the sci-fi claims are backed-up by technical explanations (that are still easy to understand for non-technical persons like myself). All in all, I found Envoy to be a fascinating read!