The Courier: A San Angeles Novel

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The Courier is a fast-paced science fiction novel, written by Gerald Brandt, that takes place in a future California. San Angeles, as the super-large city is called in the book, is all the land from San Francisco to San Diego combined. San Angeles also has multiple levels and is run by various corporations. In the midst of it all, sixteen-year-old Kris Ballard, the protagonist of the story, does odd jobs throughout San Angeles, delivering packages on her motorcycle to various levels. For Kris, who is a runaway, it is the only way for her to get by and support herself. One time, however, when delivering yet another package, she walks in on a murder. In an instant, her life changes, and she’s now being hunted by corporations and the military, who will do anything in their power to get the package from her, including having her killed.

Overall, the plot is very fast-paced and fluid. Brandt is very good in leaving out all the unnecessary details so the reader is left with all the wild action. The suspense is definitely there, as is character development, but only for the protagonist. I felt like Kris was very well developed, as the reader is offered a glance into her life and how she manages to get by working as a motorcycle courier. However, I felt like the secondary characters were shallow and one-dimensional. Sure, they had backgrounds, but I felt as if they were just there as a filler material. Nevertheless, I found the book to be quite an enjoyable read. I was definitely glued to it from the beginning, wondering how it would end.

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Author Gerald Brandt
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher DAW
Publish Date 01-Mar-2016
ISBN 9780756411398
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Issue September 2016
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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