Orbby Gary Tarulli
Published on November 16, 2011 by Gary Tarulli
Genres: Science Fiction
Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board--an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only of the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche.
During the long and isolating interstellar journey a physical relationship develops between Kyle and the ship's physician, Kelly Takara. That part is easy. Understanding the reasons for avoiding the emotional commitment desired by Kelly is harder. So, too, is trying to penetrate the mind of Larry Melhaus, the mission's brilliant and reclusive physicist - a failure to communicate made exponentially more troublesome when the scientist's disturbing behavior begins to threaten the crew.
While Kyle struggles to comprehend himself and Melhaus, the ship's crew, led by their strong-willed commander, Bruce Thompson, attempt to fathom a planet where none of the precepts of science seem to apply. A world where every preconceived notion of what constitutes life must be re-examined and challenged.
Two journeys: One inward, one outward.
Culminating at the same destination.
This book was far from what I expected. Orb is a science fiction novel but lacks the aliens and outerwordly aspects common in the genre. Instead, the novel focuses on the Desio’s crew members, a psychological examination of their interactions, in a sense. While this was very well written and I enjoyed the book regardless, I’m the kind of girl who likes worlds with all different species fighting the empire. This book didn’t have any ewoks but it was a good read nonetheless.
I think what kept me hooked the most was the element of suspense woven seamlessly throughout the story. There was always the question of “What next?” in the back of my mind. Tarulli kept it going through the whole book. He also makes the reader question what they’re reading. What I mean by this is that Tarulli doesn’t come out and explain everything all at once, but instead spread it out so there was time between all of that information to process and reflect on it.
Orb was a surprising find and although I’m more of a Star Wars-sci fi girl, I enjoyed it. This book is good for anyone who wants to learn about the human mind and the limitations we set. I would recommend this more for adults or any young reader interested in a more thought-provoking work.