Clem has run away from an orphanage with only her trusty robot Digory to protect her. She wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a famous archeologist, but told that she’s too young and inexperienced to join a real dig. Yet, an opportunity arises from her past; her parents former assistant tracks her down with an offer to drive in what could only be described as an archeo-rally. Four days of off-road racing, with an artifact to find on each day. Winner take all!
Clem has all the earnestness and strength of Jyn Erso, and Digory has a great deal of the sass of L3-37. These are full characters that can be depended not simply see the world in black and white. A couple of shifty villains: tank-driving crocodiles and one you might not expect…
Breach and Holgate seem the perfect pair as there is a cool balance between character development and racing action scenes. A unique blend of futuristic YA Indiana Jane and a bit of coming-of-age. I really like how this ended. It really struck a mature and challenging cord for me.