Jazz pianist Gus Kitko expected to spend his final moments on Earth playing piano at the greatest goodbye party of all time, and maybe kissing rockstar Ardent Violet, before the last of humanity is wiped out forever by the Vanguards–ultra-powerful robots from the dark heart of space, hell-bent on destroying humanity for reasons none can divine.
But when the Vanguards arrive, the unthinkable happens–the mecha that should be killing Gus instead saves him. Suddenly, Gus’s swan song becomes humanity’s encore, as he is chosen to join a small group of traitorous Vanguards and their pilots dedicated to saving humanity.
Space battles, robots and end of the world saved by the sweetest character! When I started reading the novel, I got excited to see all the Montreal references. The main character August Kitko, is from Montreal and I love seeing poutine and Montreal Jazz scene representing in this book.
But the real fun begins when you plunge into the universe of August Kitko with musical theory jokes and sometimes I have to admit, it was hard to follow (for I am not musically educated haha). Alex White’s force is in describing the action scenes, as if I’m watching a real movie with his words. The giant Mechas fighting scenes are so thrilling : lighting-paced and giant robots swords! However underneath all this fun and exciting adventures, hides the real meaning of all scifi books : the possible living harmony between men and robots. AI powered robots called Vanguards are set to destroy half of humanity until one little rebel Vanguard, decides to in fact, save humanity by selecting our main protagonist, August Kitko as it’s conduit.
And I believe aside from the hard prose style, very electric, all over the place sometimes make me doubt how the style fits all in the book. But I was gladly surprised. This cheerful prose style reflects in the cover, it is as colorful and fun as the thematic exploration of art and the search for the universal connection.