Living on the premier Ring, Maximus, a brilliant engineer, hungers for more than the monotony of daily existence mandated to him by those that control the Ring. The relentless pursuit of Infinite Existence is a collective purpose assigned to all, but for Maximus, it’s a hollow dream that leaves his soul yearning for its own legacy.
Determined to escape his repetitive life, Maximus seeks out a destiny that will offer his life significance. When shocking revelations about the Ring’s underbelly intertwine with the hidden truths of his own lineage, he’s propelled into action.
Fueled by a spirit passed down to him by his indomitable father, he devotes his unshakable resolve to reshape the Ring. Maximus embarks on a mission to challenge the unassailable leadership of the Rings. He’s ready to wager everything, even his own life, on liberating all those that have lived below him from the ruthless grip of their oppressors.
In this high-stakes struggle for freedom and justice, Maximus must confront not only the forces of tyranny but also the threat of losing everyone that has built him up to the man he is now. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, he stands poised to start a revolution that will ignite every soul that’s been lost up to this point.
“Existence here is suffering, nothing more, nothing less. It is, however, better than the alternative.”
I want to start by saying I was provided a copy of “Lost Souls” in exchange for an honest review.
When it comes to the Sci-Fi Genre, I would consider myself a beginner, having only read a handful. However, the more I read, the more I absolutely love what it brings to the table.
As a debut novel, this has to be one of the strongest starts I have read and has only furthered my adoration for all things sci-fi!
“Lost Souls” challenged me first by being thrown into the novel as a character comes out of “cryofreeze” and back into a life, thus creating questions for the reader and were not even a page into the book. Those questions aren’t answered right away, but through the unique characters introduced, an incredibly personal story starts to come into focus.
The relationships and struggles create a very relatable cast of characters that constructed one the most emotionally impactful books I have read to date. Max, the main character, has many motivations including finding a legacy and devoting himself to the “greater cause”, a society ruled by tyranny.
The dystopian setting or “The Ring” gave a deliciously dark tone throughout the entirety of this story. It is a systematic, monotonous, and overzealous “blanket” being thrown atop a working class treated with no humanity. As someone who appreciates that “Dark”, I do also feel that for a dark tone to feel authentic, hope has to be a possibility and the author delivered.
I am anxious to continue the “Infinite Existence Series” and If you are into grimdark or dark fantasy as well as enjoy science fiction, relatable characters, and themes that give you an emotional “punch to the throat”, I suggest you read, “Lost Souls”!