Rig. Book Review

RIG By Jon Wallace
Orion Books, p/b, 304pp, £16.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

Rig is the latest in Wallace’s post-apocalyptic series featuring Kenstibec the Ficial. Ficials were created to serve humanity, crafted in humanity’s own image, but stronger, faster, immune to disease, able to heal themselves due to nanotech within their body, and without emotion. When the end of the world came as a result of an insane President of the USA letting off nuclear weapons, much of humanity and Ficials were wiped out, and among many of those surviving, there exists an inherent distrust of the Ficials.

Kenstibec, or Ken as his friends call him, has lost his nanotech due to a virus, so has been living and working neither human, nor Ficial, on the Rig, a huge ship travelling the globe. The crew seek out young, unmutated humans to raise them in a pure, new world. When their ship is attacked and the crew captured, Ken finds himself being drawn into a quest to try to save his shipmates, which could end up saving humanity.

The action flows thick and fast in Wallace’s books as humans and Ficials clash, and the dystopian, post-apocalyptic future he has crafted seems all too possible in the current political climate. Kenstibec makes an interesting anti-hero – with no emotions, and an overwhelming desire to drink himself into oblivion, he nonetheless turns into the hero that his friends need him to be.

If you’ve not read one of Wallace’s excellent pieces of work before, I suggest you try one now – even if you’ve not read the others in this series, this still stands as a great piece of fantasy.