Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.
A crew of four astronauts are sent to Mars to retrieve something that has shown up in photos, something they are calling the Hexbox because of its shape. Their mission is a success and they head back to Earth while trying to open and then decode the messages inside. Once they do, what they find surprises and alarms them.
Really, this Hexbox should have been called Pandora’s Box because woo doggie, what it contains inside is quite the problem. The astronauts decode the messages and find out that a planet called Plixon built a computer, the Godmachine, to run everything. I mean, everything. Yes, humans, too. The story follows the astronauts and Earth while also telling the story of Ra’dall back on Plixon and his dystopian world. The writing tends to be hit or miss, and the plot is a bit simplistic at times, but it’s a scary story that should serve as a warning to anyone wanting this type of life. The ending could have been lifted straight out of our current government situation which is alarming.