Author: Barry M. Vass
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
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Rating: You Could Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
In the year 2075, overpopulation has grown to unprecedented levels and unemployment is approaching 50%. Oil and most other natural resources on Earth are long gone, and forced colonization to other galaxies becomes the law of the land. In the midst of all this, a group of would-be prospectors crash-land on a distant planet, in another galaxy, and, with no real hope of rescue, begin to explore their hostile new world. And what they find amazes them.
This story is rather flat. The dialog is stilted, the characters stock and the alien worlds are far too familiar. There is an awful lot of telling and not a lot of showing.
On the whole the story feels disconnected. After they crash a few people die, who escapes me. And that is a problem. These characters are no more than names, introduced only long enough to be killed off. And I don’t give a damn, because they have had no impact on the story. We jump forward a few months and suddenly everyone is paired off into couples…because…I have no idea.
The story is in such a hurry to find the alien ship, it seems to have forgotten that it was a story about people lost on an alien world. If I am to care about what these characters are doing, I have to care about them as people. Give me time to get to know them, and how they react to the world and each other. This doesn’t have to be done on the planet, it can be done on the transport or even on Earth. Just give me a reason to care.
Overall, the story is just… words on a page. They have no passion.