Monday, August 17, 2009
Offworld - Day 1
Science fiction thriller Offworld by Robin Parrish is this month's entry in the CSFF Blog Tour.
I confess. Though I've seen his name often in recent months, until Offworld, I hadn't read anything by Robin Parrish, so I went into the book unbiased and ready to be entertained.
So, was I entertained? Yes.
Are there things I didn't like? Yes.
Will I read more by this author? Absolutely.
The book opens with a tense sequence: Christopher Burke is lost on Mars, low on oxygen, cut off from communication with the rest of his crew.
He wakens aboard the Ares as the ship races back toward Earth. Turns out the events of his dream happened eight months prior, when he became the first man to walk on Mars, but he's safely back with the crew now, and all is well. Right?
Yeah, if he doesn't consider the fact that there are no transmissions from Earth, or from Tranquility Base on the moon, or that there are eighteen hours he can't remember from his time on Mars. Sure. Everything's good.
But then Ares starts breaking apart, the stars and Earth disappear, the atmosphere threatens to burn up the ship, and the crew--
Nope. Not gonna tell ya.
Want to know what happens next? Enter to win a free copy of the book! (If you're like me, the words "free" and "book" get your attention!) Shoot me an e-mail (KeananBrand at yahoo dot com), or leave a comment any of the three days of the tour, and you're entered in a drawing for a free copy of the novel!
I'm reserving more expanded discussion of the book for tomorrow and Wednesday, but visit these stops on the tour for more reviews of Offworld:
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen (posting later in the week)
John W. Otte
Rachel Starr Thomson