Resistance Is Futile
Love among the equations
Release Date: 28 May
341 pages | Hardback/ ebook Author: Jenny T Colgan Publisher: Orbit
It’s a title that
conjures images of the Borg and heavy, serious hard SF, but this latest novel from Jenny T Colgan is actually very much a love story. With a heavy dose of maths, aliens and general geekery. But no cyborgs.
Connie has always stood out: an extraordinarily talented mathematician; a woman in a male- dominated industry; bright red hair… Recruited to a dream job in Cambridge with the other top academics in her field, she sets to work on a top- secret code- breaking project. Team members include her career heroine, an ex- lover and Luke, a strangely compelling maths genius who always wears the same clothes and likes to push pianos around fields. But cracking the code – a signal from space – may only make things even more complicated…
The earlier part of the tale – mathematicians socialising and calculating together, trying to break the code – is actually the most enjoyable, and the most genuine. Once the truth about the signals ( and Luke) starts to come out, it never quite has the same sense of realism, as the characters set off on a mad and not entirely convincing adventure. That’s combined, though, with a bittersweet love story and a race to the finish that leaves you genuinely uncertain how the story will end. Never less than entertaining, as well as wonderfully funny at times. Rhian Drinkwater Jenny Colgan sees The Terminator as primarily a love story: “The killer robot is really a sideline, in my opinion.”