Theme Planet – Andy Remic (Solaris Books)
It’s better than sex! It’s better than drugs! If you haven’t been sick yet, you soon will be… Welcome to Theme Planet, an entire alien world dedicated to insane rides, excessive hedonism and dangerous adventure. Operated by the Monolith Corporation, Theme Planet is the No. 1 destination for fun-seeking human holidaymakers Galaxy-Wide! Amba Miskalov is an Anarchy Android, an assassin/torture model fitted with a Quantell Systems v4.7 KillChip. She is beautiful, merciless and deadly, and blends perfectly with her human superiors. Sent to Theme Planet on a dangerous assassination mission, Amba stumbles upon a plot to undermine and destroy Earth’s all-powerful Oblivion Government and its Ministers of Joy. But Amba is twisted, damaged and decadent and this rebellion poses Amba a problem: to remain loyal to her creators and tormentors, to support the enemy or annihilate them all.
Great in a bad taste 80’s Arnie style film sort of way, with a very intelligent approach plot-wise, Remic has done an excellent job of characterisation, and delivers what should have been a very straight forward style idea, in a not very straight forward way adding a ton of twists, Remic, as a writer, has been around for a long time and I’ve always been impressed with his writing before, but ‘Theme Planet’ stands out as his best to date. Dark, anarchic, almost Spartan Sci-Fi that’s fast paced and rammed full of superb dialogue from the first page through to the last. Remic’s usual black humour isn’t present in this novel, but that doesn’t at all detract from what is, to me opne of the stand out novels in the Solaris range. Gav