on March 10, 2017 :
I'm really glad I got the chance to read this (thank you!) and it was totally different to what I expected.
The book follows two storylines. The first storyline follows Felicity Cratchett who is currently an archaeology grad student who is now being sent to inspect bog bodies that have been found in the Polar Bear Provincial Park. Once she arrives and inspects the bodies, there are some strange anomalies; one of the bodies could belong to a recently missing girl, whilst the others have possible roman artefacts. Whilst their revelations could lead to some fundamental thoughts on human evolution, one of the teams brothers, Lucas Wilson, is on a terraforming mission to Mars. The mission includes using plants and algae to expel oxygen into the atmosphere and the secrets deep with a cave which also hold supplies. As Lucas carries on with his mission and the things he finds, there are numerous links with Felicities findings and the overall survival of the future.
So, lets start with the good points of this book. I enjoyed finding out about the bodies that Felicity is sent to work on. I would even say that was my favourite part of the book. The second storyline involving Mars does seem quite out there and doesn't feel like it fits within the overall book until it suddenly does. The writing is really great too, definitely on par with many established writers out there. I found that the writing was quite fast paced too. There is quite a bit of description which is usually not as a fast, but I don't think it puts you off. I don't think I had any favourite characters as such or any characters that I didn't particularly like. Well, I didn't particularly like Felicities faculty advisor for some reason! She just gave me that impression for some reason. I really enjoyed the science that went on here and that's why I found the similarities (not literally) between this and The Atlantis Gene series - I enjoy a bit of science and what could be next, origins, survival etc.
My only reason for any negative aspects for this book is that it is quite a longish read. It's definitely not something you can read and finish in a sitting, or even two or three for that matter. I read this over quite a few weeks as I found it was quite heavy to keep at it for anymore about 70-100 pages at a time. I think that the book needed this to an extent as it would just be a complete mess without all the science and slow pacing here and there.
Also a note on Jackson, the theorising behind this book is quite interesting. Jackson did take online course at MIT and has been critiqued by an aerospace engineer - I find this utterly amazing that she has taken so much time and effort into this work. It has definitely paid off!
Overall, I did enjoy this and I think many science-fiction/mystery readers will enjoy it too. It is definitely a solid piece and will hopefully pick up!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 4, 2016 :
A great book for readers of all ages, I highly recommend it.
This book is a suspenseful sci-fi mystery that will keep you guessing. The plot pulls you in and will keep you reading 'just one more page'.
The action of the book takes place in Canada's North and on planet Mars. As you might guess, both areas are being researched and exploited by Mega business - Canada's North for diamonds and Mars as a source for food and minerals. These events take place sometime in the near future; its the reader who will find out when.
Deborah Jackson is an eloquent writer and her book is a pleasure to read. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future!
(reviewed the day of purchase)