As the book's description quotes, the Vitalis Omnibus edition covers the first seven Vitalis stories: New Beginnings (Book 1), The Colony (Book 2), Parasites (Book 3), Screamer (Book 4), Squatter's Rights (Book 5), Evolution (Book 6) and Matriarch (Book 7). As stand-alone stories, you may be left feeling rather frustrated, given they are quite short, end rather abruptly, and at $3.68 per edition, seem hardly worth the while, but the Omnibus edition, priced at a reasonable $6.14 for the lot (that's less than the price of two of its former parts) will leave you feeling satisfied for sure.
Personally, I'm not a fan of short stories and, given the seven Omnibus parts read more like chapters in one continuous story, this edition is a much better format than its predecessors. It allows you to immerse yourself in the plot, becoming one with the characters as they traverse the universe and learn to survive on the newly founded planet `Vitalis'.
Vitalis is outside the core worlds humans have settled and `terraformed'. It's outside the rim systems by light years. It's alive and teaming with life and, at first glance, bears similarities with how planet Earth may have looked in its heyday. However, Vitalis guards its own secrets, and once you're `in', there's no knowing whether there's an `out'.
Author Jason Halstead is particularly creative in his descriptions of fantastical creatures, places and problems, and he isn't afraid to spice things up with a little sex talk thrown in...after all, life as we know it may have moved on (in the year 2222), but mans' carnal needs still need to be satisfied!
Lose yourself in a world where nothing is as it seems! Highly recommended for adventure/fantasy fans or, indeed, anyone who likes to `lose themselves' temporarily in another world.
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