My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A quick read (novella) sets up a scenario not often explored in SciFi … What happens when your attempt to colonize a world fails? What happens when all hope is lost because your generation ships are nearly crippled and you don’t have the resources to make it home? When random “engagements” of some mysterious force slam into the ship to wreck havoc on critical systems, the dwindling resources seem like a problem for the future. Maybe they should go back, but no-one remembers why the original colony failed … and they apparently didn’t completely escape when mounting evidence points to an unknown intruder that is hunting the crew. If they are to survive, it is time for a bug hunt … if only the colonists can put their mutiny on hold for awhile.
At this point it is difficult to avoid a reference to the Aliens franchise (of which I am a casual fan) … except this was done so much better (at first). The action picks up about half way through and runs all the way to the end; which along with the shortness of the story and underdeveloped characters/monsters, is the only one I have to pick on this story … which was too rushed and dips into fantasy after what was a solid SciFi adventure. Perhaps the author can flesh out the story into a full novel in the future to put these minor issues to bed ....
I was given this free advance review copy (ARC) ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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