- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1051 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1522030883
- Publisher: astrotomato; 4 edition (2 Jan. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AWF92YI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 10 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,105,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All Fall Down (Planetfall Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Here we have a story set in the far future where humanity has colonised countless worlds and yet finds itself seemingly the only intelligent race in the universe. An unexplained death on the classified planet Fall requires the investigation by a specialised team, led by the stories main character General Kate Leland and her small team of MI investigators. Soon the team start to identify possible biological involvement and a conspiracy to start a galaxy wide war...
There is much I enjoyed about this book. The visuals created by the author when describing characters interactions with the AI and tech via holographic means are fantastic. The characters are solid and the central cast all have good back stories which back-up the decisions and actions they take. I really liked the core MI team, including Kate Leland and Fall occupant Sophie. There are interesting and thoughtful themes around first contact and human augmentation. Astro isn't too heavy on the technobabble and manages to describe many scenarios without needing to blind us with new words and pseudo-science.
It's been a while since I read any science fiction, the last ones probably being one of the Arthur C.Clarke Rama novels and Ringworld. Give this a go, I certainly wasn't disappointed and I very much hope that the author finishes the trilogy, part 2 of which is due out in 2015. Recommended!
The plot follows a group of government agents as they research the death of a scientist on a remote planet. As they uncover more of the facts they realise there is more at stake than their mission initially implied. There is tension and excitement along the way but it avoids being gung-ho like some military-based scifi and has a strong female lead character, which is refreshing.
My favourite thing about the book is the details, though: one character, Djembe, works with incredibly complex, immersive holographic data maps that plot the potential consequences of possible actions. Another part of the story talks of the myriad fungal forms that populate the universe: panspermia of their spores ensured they got everywhere, but they are the only known life in the universe.
Good stuff and recommended to fans of classic sci-fi.