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It tells the story of the planet Paradise and the miners, settlers and the scientists who have lived there for several hundred years. It tells how these humans have completely misunderstood their relationship with this world and how Paradise, almost in spite of itself, turns on them.
When through a nasty piece of political in-fighting the Space Council decides to remove all human presence from Paradise, to disestablish it, it tells how two humans - Hera and Mack - stay behind (one legally and one not) on Paradise and how they find some very unexpected "creatures" and also find their redemption there.
It is a powerful and well-told story with well-developed and likeable characters. If you are willing to listen it will teach you more about yourself, more about our earth and the way we live in it and maybe more about the nature of love.
However it is not a preachy book at all, it is a strong story filled with humour and love and also its fair share of sorrow.
I really liked this book!
Add to this an author who has a clear idea on where he's taking the reader, blends it with wonderfully imaginative flora and wraps it all up in prose that just keeps you gripped all round makes this a book that is definitely worth the Sci-Fi readers time. Cracking.
It is fitting perhaps that this novel most resembles his first, as though the author wants one more try at his core alien theme. The planet Paradise is indeed a paradise, extremely Earth-like, but with two moons that complicate tides. There are strangely no fauna, but the flora has evolved into a variety of forms, Dendrons, Tattershall Weeds, Reapers and more, some of which possess limited mobility, and the capacity to hurt and possibly kill humans. Paradise has been colonised, most of the hostile native fauna has been erased but strangely Earth plants never really take take to growing there. This leads to its 'disestablishment' that is, its closure as a destination in the inter-planetary 'fractal' gateway system and the withdrawal of its settlers, mostly farmers, and the scientific exploration teams.
This is were we meet Dr Hera Melhuish who is head of the science mission, and the principle character. She stays behind when everyone has left, to shut things down. But things go wrong and she is rescued by Mack, one of her technicians. Their developing romance seems to be both a cause of, and product of, the flora of Paradise re-asserting its dominion. One memorable image is of settler's graves being pushed out of the ground as the native flora, some considered extinct, re-appear and re-assert their dominance.
There are two flaws that I see in this novel.Read more ›
This book is posed as a retrospective of the retreat from an alien sphere.
The story is wonderful, full of unlikely magic and substantial characters. There are some great science fiction ideas too, and the telling is smart too. I particularly liked the supplementary documents and the layered narrative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice cover. Shame about what's inside. Boring, slow beginning and I had to force myself to read on. Not for me. The whole thing is a bit of a slog.Published 5 months ago by RobR
Loved his earlier work - Pioneers, Master of Paxwax etc but this is a lesser offering, venturing into similar territory with less conviction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tarx
As other reviewers have said, the beginning of this book is extremely slow and consists of nothing more than a long and boring explanation of why the colony world of Paradise is... Read morePublished 23 months ago by schiraman
I found this slow to start, but once Hera returned to the planet, then joined by Mack, I could not put this downPublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by Maddy
A welcome addition to the humans meet aliens sub-genre. I really liked this book and the ideas were most interesting. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2014 by Mr. David Mason
Inventive but slow to get going. I didn't really like the "biographical" writing style. All in all it was a little disappointing.Published on 5 July 2014 by Mark Joyce
So yeah, we waited 20 freaking years for this. If nothing else, there is not a word out of place. There is not a concept unfounded. It’s Paradise to read it. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by Sean
At 500 pages, this book is not a trivial undertaking. However, I was pleasantly surprised: even though it is not an edge-of-the-seat action-adventure, it quickly drew me in and... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2014 by illegiblescribble
Well written bit of of high sci-fi. For some reason (can't put my finger on it), it reminded me a lot of Larry Niven's 'Ringworld' books.Published on 24 April 2014 by T. Marshall