Prometheus Comes has just received another solid review. This time by c9cReviews. You can see the review on their site or below. I am very grateful to all readers and reviewers who have taken their time to not only read my novel but to give me and other potential readers their thoughts on Prometheus Comes.
by Shawn Grimsley
The year is 2142 and the world is divided economically, socially and politically between the Northern Confederation, which is a loose union of the nation states of the Northern Hemisphere, and the South which consists of poor, disorganized states that have unsuccessfully struggled to obtain economic and political equality with the Northern Confederation. By 2142, Earth’s resources are nearing depletion and the climate change wrought by the advancement of technological progress will soon create shortages of the most basic of resources including food and water. However, Confederation scientists have discovered a planet that could save the Confederation and its people from obliteration. There’s only one problem: it’s already inhabited.
Captain Jonathan Marcus and his crew embark to Nede to establish first contact. While tensions between the Confederation and the South erupt into violent war and acts of terror, Captain Marcus meets the Velathra, a pre-industrial, yet socially sophisticated society, and soon struggles with reconciling his duty to Earth and the consequence if the Velathra fail to cooperate. The fate of the Velathra is also in the hands of Lathra Xantria, the Chancellor of the City State of Lexthra, who must ultimately decide whether to cooperate with the humans or risk a conflict that could destroy her civilization.
This is the first of the ‘Prometheus Saga’, a series which begins by setting the stage for a future Earth where resources are almost gone and the world is on the brink of civil unrest. The book covers two main arcs: the people on Earth, sharply divided by North and South, and the crew of the Prometheus on their way to a new world.
The story is an interesting positioning of humans being the bad guys, as opposed to being a food source, fighting for survival against invading aliens. The characters are nicely depicted, alien and human alike, clearly defined and each with their own voice.
There were some minor editing flaws, but nothing to take you our of the story.
At the end I was left in eager anticipation of the next book (due in December 2012). I’m not generally a fan of cliff-hanger endings, but I felt that this was a whole story in its own right and the ending was wholly appropriate. The sequel has had a high bar set, and I’m looking forward to it.