“The Republic of Mars: Stage 4” is the second book in author Matthew B. Thompson’s series, and to say that it is an epic sci-fi novel is almost falling short.
It starts off in a big way with an UFO emerging off the coast of California and then travelling across the land to finally reach Washington D.C. Once its leader lands in front of the White House, we discover that it is not a race of aliens that have come to invade or visit us, but rather humans from the legendary city of Atlantis. Soon, we also discover that, contrary to general belief, there are no intellectually superior alien races in the universe, as humans are the most intelligent. This revelation, together with the arrival of Atlantean rivals, divides the humans, and where some choose to create a second Earth on Mars, others go up against dangerous aliens, building up to an explosive conclusion.
As many of the classic sci-fi authors have stated, one of the objectives in the genre is to convey current affairs in futuristic or alternate settings as a means to delve deeper into the issues that plague us and to create a consciousness about them. There are many such instances across this novel.
As to the story, I found it particularly interesting, not only because it is based on solid sci-fi foundations, but also because it is original at the same time, introducing common humans to Atlantean humans and the consequences that this cultural and intellectual interaction brings about.
This is definitely a book that drives you forward to read it till the end, and one that remains with you long after reading it.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)