Monday, August 17, 2009
CSFF August Tour: Offworld, by Robin Parrish
Book artwork courtesy of Bethany House Publishers.
As someone who respects Robin’s work and yet wasn’t entirely thrilled with his superhero-ish trilogy, I hoped against hope that Offworld would sweep me out of my reading chair into a science fictional whirlwind. Thank God my hope was not misplaced.
When astronauts Christopher Burke and his team Terry, Owen, and Trisha return from a long mission to Mars, they discover the welcome wagon has left the building. Or the planet. In their quest to find signs of life and a reason behind the disappearances, they meet a young lady named Mae, presumably the only person alive besides them.
Finally connecting their seemingly hopeless situation to an anomaly on Mars, they get closer to the truth and cataclysmic danger. They’ll have to outwit the culprits if they want to come out alive.
Other authors have done the oh-my-gosh-everyone-on-earth-has-vanished plot routine. Parrish’s take on this, however, is all but routine. I loved the explanation behind the removal of earth’s populace--very high tech and cool. And excellent character development makes the reader stay engaged throughout the story. I definitely liked Offworld the best of anything Parrish has written.
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Man, do we ever have a lot of participants! Make time to visit 5 or more of these sites for reviews and more:
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