by Daniel Godfrey
“In the race to control renewable power, an energy giant stumbles on a controversial technology: the ability to transport matter from the deep past. Their biggest secret is New Pompeii, a replica city filled with Romans, pulled through time just before the volcanic eruption.
Nick Houghton doesn’t know why he’s been chosen to be the company’s historical advisor. He’s just excited to be there. until he starts to wonder what happened to his predecessor. Until he realizes that the company has more secrets than even the conspiracy theorists suspect.
Until he realizes that they have underestimated their captives…”
I received a press release from Titan Books and as soon as I had read the blurb I knew I had to read New Pompeii, I knew nothing else about it. About a week and half before the publishing date I received my review copy.
NovusPart have figured out a way to bring people from the past into the present/from the present to the future (i.e. time-travel), this time they have decided to bring the people of Pompeii to the present, into a reconstruction of the town (New Pompeii). Nick being in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time, depending on how you look at it, gets asked to work on the New Pompeii project. In New Pompeii, there is unrest and until the civilians get what they want there will not be peace. Kirsten wakes up drowned in her bath, day after day, skipping forward through time.
My favourite character is Calpurnia, even though she is not one of the main characters, she is one of the larger ‘smaller’ characters. As a Roman woman, she is not thought of in very endearing terms, but she is a lot smarter and ingenious than they think. All the characters are well built and very realistic and make you feel like you are with them in the story.
I found it a little hard to get into to start with, what with the changing between Kirsten and Nick storylines, but once I got used to the changing and the fact that they were happening at different times (one present and one not), it was really good. I think my favourite parts were in New Pompeii, when Nick was interacting with the Romans. I was completely hooked, although it took me almost a week (mostly due to work), it was full of twists and turns which kept me guessing all the way through. I was shocked at several places, laughed in a few more, but did not cry.
New Pompeii ends on a cliffhanger. but I think it is a standalone book.
I would say that New Pompeii is a sci-fi novel that would appeal to a wider audience, for example if you are interested in history. 5 out of 5.