Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nojiri
Published April 2002
Source: Bought it
The mysterious Builders have brought humanity to the edge of extinction; can they be reasoned with, or must they be destroyed? Aki Shiraishi is a high school student working in the astronomy club and one of the few witnesses to an amazing event: someone is building a tower on the planet Mercury. Soon, the Builders have constructed a ring around the sun, threatening the ecology of Earth with an immense shadow. Aki is inspired to pursue a career in science, and the truth. She must determine the purpose of the ring and the plans of its creators, as the survival of both species – humanity and the alien Builders – hangs in the balance.
This book focuses on the reaction of the human race to unpredictable new intelligent species that no one knew existed.
The characters are fine but I think the plot could have developed in a different way. I feel like the story had great potencial but the way it was written took some of it away.
Nonetheless, if you like science fiction, you should try Usurper of the Sun. It had some cool space physics that I don’t usually see out there.
Rating: 3 stars