First Line Friday & The Friday 56: Calypso by Oliver K. Langmead

Posted April 19, 2024 by Stephanie in First Line Friday, the friday 56 / 10 Comments

First Line Friday is hosted by Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Anne @ My Head is Full of Books while Freda @ Freda’s Voice is on hiatus.




where each week we share the first line of our current read(s)

The Calypso is a grand cathedral;
When the sun is out, a hollow eclipse,
And after dusk, a glittering circlet,
Crowning the dark heavens; crowning the stars.



where each week we share a snippet from page 56 or 56%

The crew’s analogue clocks are working here;
But their hands seem to tick hesitantly;
Each twitch just a micro-second too slow,
As if the crew’s time takes longer to pass.
The many moons turn, whirling vortices
Aling the clouds, the miniature black holes,
And I notice that the furthest of them
Is aglitter with scattered yellow lights.



Rochelle wakes from cryostasis to take up her role as engineer on the colony ark, Calypso. But she finds the ship has transformed into a forest, populated by the original crew’s descendants, who revere her like a saint.

She travels the ship with the Calypso’s creator, the enigmatic Sigmund, and Catherine, a bioengineered marvel who can commune with the plants, uncovering a new history of humanity forged while she slept.

She discovers a legacy of war between botanists and engineers. A war fought for the right to build a new Earth – a technological paradise, or a new Eden in bloom, untouched by mankind’s past.

And Rochelle, the last to wake, holds the balance of power in her hands.




What do you think of the snippets I featured today?
Have you read this book? Do you want to?



10 responses to “First Line Friday & The Friday 56: Calypso by Oliver K. Langmead

  1. Happy Friday!
    I’m reading Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham. It’s so good.
    “Luke’s phone buzzed to life on the table beside him as he finished up a few final emails to Mrs. Kershaw and Mr. Holton. Unknown number? He shrugged off the curiosity and went back to the email, giving a detailed account of all the finalized pieces of the kitchen remodel.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading!!! 🙂❤️📚

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