Rating: 5 stars
Liam Lansing is a genetically modified vampire who makes his living as a contract killer but once lived as a favored scion in his wealthy family’s compound in The Sky. Daniel Harding, heir to Cybernetix, hated the modifications his father’s corporation built and loved one person, Liam. Their relationship cost Liam everything as his family disowned him for loving Harding and cast him into The Gutter. Daniel remained behind working surreptiously to bring his father down, imprisoned in an ivory tower and thinking his former lover was dead.
Former lovers and antagonists, Liam Lansing and Daniel Harding have been reunited and resumed their relationship under the most traumatic events. Daniel’s father, head of Cybernetix a modification empire, hired Liam to kill his son but had laid a trap for Liam as well. But the father’s plans backfired when the men united to escape into The Gutter where they schemed to destroy Daniel’s father and his corporation along with him. But there are more things at stake than Liam is aware of. Hidden secrets hold the key to the destruction of their plans and the future of their relationship. Can Liam and Daniel put aside the past to maneuver through the obstacles looming before them? Or will the forces combining against them bring them down once and for all?
Something New Under The Sun picks up right after the events in A Chip In His Shoulder. I loved reading one book right after the other and felt that it maximized my enjoyment of this intense, suspenseful series. Not necessary but it satisfied my impatience to more forward after the events that occurred in the first book. Over twice as long, this second book achieves everything L.A. Witt set out to accomplish with her first story. We are back in The Gutter, that distempered landscape of grimy factories and downtrodden workers, the unholy existing along side the broken. It is a hellish place that L.A. Witt brings to life and where we meet up with Liam and Daniel once more.
In a neat twist, the pov switches from Daniel Harding to Liam Lansing at the beginning of the story and more of Liam’s back history is revealed to the readers. Witt outlines enough of her previous book that any reader fresh to the series is not totally confused by the events of this story. From the beginning, the author starts to build the suspense and reader anticipation as we watch Liam and David weave together their plans for retribution and the destruction of Cybernetix. As they cobble together the plans and equipment, more of The Gutter and its inhabitants are revealed. We traverse the filty, narrow alleys and meet up with Gizmo, a modifications wizard who has been helping Liam, for a price of course, with his own “enhancements”. Gizmo is quite a wonderful character and I could see him so clearly in my mind, from his dialog to his physical form. Gizmo made such an impact on me that I hope to see more of him in the coming installments.
And this brings me back to the marvelous characters that L.A. Witt creates for her stories. Daniel and Liam, larger than life in the first story, have been given additional depth and dimension here in the second. We learn more about what drove Daniel to take the actions that set in motion Liam’s fall from grace and his own isolation. And even more of Liam’s past seeps out to tease the reader further about those first years of survival in The Gutter. I cannot help but think that more will be forthcoming in future stories to flesh this out this part of Liam’s past. Even though we still have gray areas with respect to their backgrounds, these are beautifully realized people, flawed and determined to regain what was once theirs. I loved them more as I discovered the basis for the hurt and pain their past has cost them.
The author, after establishing characters that grasp at our hearts and minds, proceeds to set the reader on a thriller of a ride when Daniel and Liam actually set their plans in motion. Quickly upping the suspense and anxiety we feel for our heros, Witt moves the action along at a fast pace as they set out for The Sky and the Cybernetix building. Really, the events escalate so rapidly that it is breathtaking. We barely get through one nasty surprise, then another is quickly upon us. And neither the reader and the two men we have come to care are allowed a moments rest. This is a A Ticket white knuckle ride and I loved every hair raising minute of it.
The dystopian society L.A.Witt has created for her Falling Sky series is a vividly realized world populated with people I cannot get enough of. The ending came a little too soon and perhaps too easily for me but I am greedy like that. I would have wished for a more drawn out resolution to Liam’s family issues. Perhaps that is coming in the next books in the series and I still want to hear more of Gizmo, he deserves his own story within this remarkable framework.
After finishing this book, I immediately wanted more, a testament to the author’s power to create a world easy to escape into and dwell for a while. I absolutely recommend Something New Under The Sun. Buy it and settle down for a wild ride of action, adventure and romance as lovers reunite in the Gutter and aim high for The Sky.
Cover art by LC Chase is lovely with its easy to read titles and dark towers behind the model. Again I only wished that there had been a way to put some of the physical modifications on the model that are so important to the plot.
Books in the Falling Sky series:
Something New Under The Sun (Falling Sky#2)