by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pyr, $16.00, 302 pages

Leader of a dig and salvaging team, Boss has dedicated her life to the search for stealth tech, a hidden organic and dangerous technology from the past. Out of her element on land, she is excited when her team comes across an active stealth tech, which is the first active one in existence. Two worlds collide with her biggest discovery that may change her life forever.

City of Ruins is the second book in the series by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and is a great sci-fi book. While the concept of people scavenging in the outer reaches of space is not a new one, the author makes it her own with the lively characters and plot.  She also nicely alternates the different points of view of the dig team and ship crew in a way that is smooth and seamless. The storyline is well-paced and engrossing, making it a book that is very hard to put down. It is probably helpful but not necessary to read the first book in the series prior to City of Ruins. This book will be enjoyed particularly by sci-fi fans.

Reviewed by Barbara Cothern