405 pages, published 1996
My cousin Joshua had lent me Matthew Reilly's Seven Ancient Wonders and its sequel Six Sacred Stones just after Christmas and I had really enjoyed them, which was somewhat odd, as ‘action-y’ novels aren’t usually my preference, so I thought I’d give some of his earlier novels a go.
When I learnt that his first novel took place in the New York Public Library I pretty much jumped at the chance to read it. It was not, however, at all what I had expected, being a science fiction novel about an interstellar competition where the last one standing (and still breathing) was the winner. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it as much as SAW or SSS. It was a good book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it first. 3/5