Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Book Series: N/A
Pages: 368 Price:$26.00 Hardcover
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn’t forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit…
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that’s left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie’s own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be…
Not quite sure what I was expecting when I requested this book for review but it wasn’t this. I’ve been on a science fiction kick for a few months now and thought this title sounded interesting. If you are looking for a hard-hitting science fiction thriller this is not the book for you. If you want a book about the exploration of the human character than this one might be up your alley. This book is more about the human race than it about the solar system, oh sure, there is science involved but the heart of the story is more about internal and societal struggle than anything else.
While reading this book I often wondered just where the author was taking us. There was little set up as to how the human race ended up among the start. We do get an explanation but not much of one. Most of the flashbacks were introspective glimpses into the main character’s past. Her personal struggle and how she ended up so far from home. The plot quickly forms a small pack of refugees that are trying to make their way back to hopefully more populated parts of space and we eventually do find ourselves back on Earth.
I have to say I didn’t quite expect the book to end the way it did but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It was an interesting journey for these characters and I quite enjoyed tagging along. I loved how the author shined a light on all aspects of humanity in this book. The good and the bad. She made me think about how, much of the time, we are our own worst enemy. I also tend to agree with her insinuation that even if most of the human race disappeared instantly there would still be those that thought they could tell everyone else what to do.
The author touches on many sensitive topics in this book from government, religion, class warfare, disabilities, and manages to blend them all together in an interesting and thought-provoking story that I thoroughly enjoyed. This was simply a good book and I can’t wait to introduce it to others.
My Rating:5 Stars