The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.
But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity's survival.
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"Clever take on EOW premise."
I enjoy cleverness, and the author's idea on this genre was clever. I don't want to give the storyline away completely, but the end the ultimate evil doer felt awfully familiar to the villain in a popular movie series.
As a father to daughters I have encouraged and enjoyed strong female characters, and I can imagine the main character in this book being written as such. It was very disappointing to have her read as a bitchy, and sometimes mean character. The reader always makes her interactions with others confrontational, but then her internal dialog calmer. She is top of the class, best in the world pilot without equal but is read as someone very insecure and without inner strength, whereas the male counterpart is the opposite. This is the kind of thing I did not want my daughters to observe. As I would read the dialog, I would put a lot less stridency to her comments which would give her a lot more strength to match the merits she brings to the story. Unfortunately there were many times I just did not even like her the way she was read.
"Fun and interesting look at a future"
I enjoyed the story overall although I really hate characters that don't fit the roll they play, i.e. a military raised NASA space pilot who acts like a spoiled child in demanding things. anyone who made it into those programs would know how to be political not brash and offensive to everyone. If they acted like that they would never have been promoted, no matter how good they were. other than that I truly enjoyed the story.
"Slow start but worth the ending"
Sort of hard to understand and listen in the beginning but as it pass the half way point it gets better glad I finish it the story can continue on the story line would be nice
"Excellent story well read"
The story was unique and the narration was excellent. Great place and sequencing throughout the novel.
The story was pretty well done and I liked the strong female characters throughout. My only issue would be that the story follows a very classic formula and doesn't really deviate from what you would expect of this kind of story. there wasn't much real drama or other stuff to make it stand out.
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