Saturday, 3 June 2017
The novel is based in our future in about a century or so. Mankind has decided that, if it is to survive, that it must seek out a new home, or homes.
An interstellar mission is established, under the leadership of Arlette Piccard, which is intended to visit a planet on a distant star.
The planet, it is believed, should be capable of sustaining human life and it is the aim of the mission to establish a colony on the planet.
However, the mission is dogged with problems from a violent onboard conspiracy to the unexpected problems of aggressive aliens.
However, Arlette and her crew of settlers are confronted with evidence that all might not be what it seems.
Are events under their control? Or are they under the control and influence of some kind of hidden power which has plans all of its own?
It's a complex and deep novel that exits on several different levels, it's an old-fashioned space adventure, a story of human vanity, of human resourcefulness and of philosophy.
The characterisations of the proponents are all as near enough to perfection as one could hope for and it's quite easy to forget the fact that this is a debut novel. It will be interesting to follow the future career of Geoff Gaywood and see where he will take his readers next.
It's published by Matador at £9.99 in paperback and is available from all good bookshops and online at https://goo.gl/WRfFc7.