Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn RuschSummary: On the anniversary of the worst disaster in the moon’s history, a terrorist plot may be even more devastating.

A Facebook friend of mine loves this series. On his recommendation I picked up the first book in the series, The Disappeared, about a year ago. The Disappeared was a well written police procedural with a scifi setting. But I haven’t picked up any more of the series until Anniversary Day went on sale.

I do not traditionally like reading books out of order, even if they do stand alone. Anniversary Day is the start of an 8 book sub-series within the larger 15 book series. I did feel like I was jumping into something that I did not fully understand. The main characters from the first book were still here, but a lot of additional characters had also been added.

The story was easy enough to follow (just missing character backstory.) Several years ago, there was a bombing in the moon’s largest city. It kill a number of people and that bombing was never solved. Every year there are remembrances, but also wariness because the bombing could happen again.

One of the police detectives of the first book in the series is now the head of security for the whole moon. When the mayor of the largest city and the head of the moon’s national government both die mysteriously, as do other political leaders around the moon, she coordinates a response from her office.

But there are a ton of threads (and characters) in this book. Because the crimes happen independently, different characters have to respond to the sub plots. The threads are the way real coordinated attacks would work. Lots of different people, with part of the picture have to respond with inadequate information because the whole picture is not in view to any one person.

The police procedural elements are still here, but this is a larger thriller style plot. It is well written and I want to read more. The question is whether I go back to the books I missed earlier, or whether I keep reading this sub-series.

Anniversary Day by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (#8 in Retrieval Series, and #1 in Anniversary Day Sub-Series) Purchase Links: Paperback, Kindle Edition, Audiobook

My kindle edition is lendable if anyone wants to borrow it.

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