Review: Basilica by Jason Scott Melo


Name– Basilica
Author– Jason Scott Melo
Genre– Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
Source– Author
Katie’s case– 5/5

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Built by megacorporations in humanity’s waning years, Basilica is the last functioning city on Earth. The Jean-Fa Dynasty, the family that has held majority control of this artificial island and its oligarchic government for decades, will soon fall.

Only the four surviving progeny — Ana, the youngest, her older brother, Dante, their estranged cousin, Eveline, and their troubled uncle, Jack — have any chance of saving themselves from a grim tomorrow. Together, aided by their personal array of unique talents and the technological innovation known as the magnetvakt, the last Jean-Fas will struggle to restore order to their lives, seek out unexpected allies, and take on old foes. Family bonds will be strained, broken, and mended and the city’s darkest secrets will be revealed.

Ultimately, Ana, Dante, Eveline, and Jack will seek justice for their family, a family whose tragic fate might have been the only justice they ever deserved.


“Tomorrow’s world is yours to build”

Basilica follows four narrators, and four uniquely voiced perspectives, in navigating the life and future of the island mega-city that’s powered completely by individualist corporations two centuries from now. Despite their differences, the four must come together to not only save their lineage, but also to defeat the many twists and turns of evil enemies and forces against them and create a better tomorrow.

While being a novel packed with action and adventure, the book reads with style and language that can appeal to any reader. As an avid reader of other genres, I loved the readability of the action scenes and was engrossed throughout each one. Each scene was described as vividly as if I was watching the scenes play out in front of me. However, there is not an absence of humanity and emotion throughout the book. The novel touches on major themes of culture, heritage, and social issues. Through these themes I was able to feel emotionally touched and connected to each of the characters and grew to feel like I was in the Jean Fa family by the end.

Fantastic first book for Jason Scott Melo and I cannot wait to read more of his work in the future!

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