Suited is Book #2 in The Veiled World Trilogy by Jo Anderton. We previously reviewed Book #1, Debris, which I loved. Check near the bottom for the link to that review. If you’re into scifi, potential distant futures, and/or technology then Books 1 & 2 of this trilogy might make a great summer read for you. Even though Suited contains a brief recap at the beginning, I recommend reading Debris before reading Suited. This is one case in which I believe the stories are too interdependent and complex for Suited to stand alone.
Caution: My review of Suited does contain spoilers for Book #1, although I’ve tried to limit them as much as possible. Suited picks up almost immediately where Debris leaves off. Now that world-building has been handled, Suited is non-stop action with even more character development!
“’It is time to elevate the Vladha experiment to a new phase. Let us make use of the variables the Keeper has introduced. Intensify monitoring and send a preparatory signal [to] her suit. If the Keeper thinks to use her against us, he is sorely mistaken. The processes we have started cannot be undone by one woman, no matter how skilled she is.’”
Tanyana Vladha has continued to work as a debris collector with her team, although debris is getting harder to find to meet the team’s quota and debris accidents are becoming more prevalent. It’s almost as if the debris is mutating because the psion builders are having ever increasingly difficult times rebuilding what debris has destroyed.
She now sees even more clearly what the Keeper meant about the world being on the tipping point of destruction but it’s difficult to see how to fix that even if she can convince her team to join in. And the Keeper is in more trouble than ever. The lack of debris is having an ominous enervating effect on him. And then there are the Puppet Men (a.k.a. the veche men). It’s almost as if they want to tear the world apart at its seams.
“It took me two moons to realize the Keeper was broken.
With hindsight, it should not have taken that long. But he was the Keeper. He was light to the Other’s dark, he was our guardian against the unknown, he stood before fear and death and he protected us. At least, he should have.”
Tanyana is in a unique position, as a prior psion builder, to try to pull the pieces together and figure out why debris is beginning to tear her world apart. As she recruits her team to help her investigate what’s causing the problems with debris, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that outreaches anything they could have predicted. Their world is in more danger than even she realized and it looks like lowly debris collectors may be the only ones who can save it. But will they be in time and will their efforts be enough?
“Numb, I turned. Kichlan had blanched a kind of sickly white, and for the first time since I had known him, he looked afraid. Not snappish, not ruthlessly organized and stoic. He looked as helpless – as frightened – as his brother.”
Tanyana’s character and the characters of her team continue to develop in Suited. Her relationship with Kichlan, her team leader, becomes even more involved. In Suited we learn why his brother, Lad, is the way he is and what that means for their world – a development which I loved. We also learn more about the Puppet Men, and their plans for Tanyana, although their motives are still steeped in mystery to some extent. The Keeper also acquires more depth and, for me, becomes much more interesting as an entity.
Jo Anderton has written a unique series in The Veiled World Trilogy, on a world that has taken technology to the extreme. Suited continued to hold my interest every bit as much as Debris. In other words, I couldn’t put it down. I was really looking forward to how the storyline would develop and where it would take these people I had become so invested in. If anything, the intrigue and machinations by the world’s opposing forces have gotten even more extreme. Since the story has gotten more complex, now I’m really excited to see what’s going to happen in Book #3!
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Suited was published on June 26, 2012, and is available all around the world, so it should be available from your favorite bookseller below. Just click the button to go there to get it.
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