Published by Stealth Books on Jul 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Thriller
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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In the year 2137 the world stands on the brink of ruin.
Pollution, war and overpopulation have darkened the skies, photosynthesis is failing and most of the Earth’s twenty billion souls face starvation and death. The only hope for survival lays with the fertile fields of Mars, where a thirty year terraforming effort is turning vast swaths of the red planet to green.
But to the leaders of the Cartel, a conglomeration of the world’s most powerful families, using Mars to feed the overpopulated masses of the Earth is a waste of resources. They have another plan—take Mars for themselves and leave the Earth to self-destruct on its own.
The only thing standing in their way is the idealistic President Jackson Collins, head of the United World Government and unquestioned leader of the World Military Forces, who believes that humanity must rise or fall as one.
As the tide of war rises, the James Collins, the President’s son, a lifelong soldier and a weary veteran of his father’s military campaigns returns from the field disillusioned and doubtful as to whether humanity is even worth saving. Though he wants nothing more than to walk away, James soon finds himself drawn into the swirling vortex of battle and caught in the titanic struggle that will decide the fate of two worlds.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a military space story set primarily on Mars that reads like a good action movie. It’s quick and exciting, although very black and white and predictable.
Action movie books can be tricky to write as you need to strike a delicate balance between simplicity and entertainment. This book rode that line well and resulted in an enjoyable story that didn’t require a lot of brain power to process.
The characters in this story were really black and white. Either they were good or evil, there were no shades of grey. The hero, Captain James Collins, has most of the page time and acts exactly like you’d expect an action movie hero to behave. He manages to have a bit of depth set by the scenes before he arrives on Mars, but he’s really the only slightly dimensional character.
Even though the story is predictable and the characters are rather flat, the action is well choreographed and flows smoothly. It really is just like watching an action movie, and as such, kept my attention the whole way through as there was always something happening. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, with lots more to come in the next book. This makes a great weekend read when you’re craving a bit of action.