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Planetfall by Emma Newman
Published by Ace on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.
Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.
The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…
I’m reading more science fiction, and what I call regular fantasy, and even space opera due to the Ace Roc Stars. There are many great subgenres in science fiction. This is sort of future / technology book. Usually I really like those, but not so much this one.
The primary character is a woman named Ren. I liked her pretty well. She was smart and cared about others. There are many things we don’t know throughout the story. We get pieces of reality all along the way. There is not much in the way of romance or humor which I admit I like those things. There is a bit of a religious thread which no, I don’t like. The mystery is what happened 20 years ago and what will happen now. Particularly once everyone knows hidden details.
So I liked Planetfall but I didn’t love it. I didn’t engage with enough of the characters to care about them. The reveal of the world was steady, somewhat interesting but didn’t really take me anywhere emotionally.
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