Genre: Science Fiction
Recommendation:you’d better! Best book I have read this year
Age: 18+(language and violence)
Type: Stand alone novel
Summary: One of the most entertaining science fiction novels I have ever read. Use of scientific jargon and military speak make this more of an adult read but it would appeal to mature teens as well.+ action + suspense
The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn “Sif” Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry—the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.
But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity’s survival.
” What in God’s name is Ulyanov doing?” the president asked, to no one in particular. “We’ve always known this time would come, Mr. President,” the chairman said. “But not like this. They’re nuking the holy hell out of themselves.”
The Phoenix Descent is a masterpiece. As one sci-fi fan to another, this book was such a good read that I feel obligated to tell you how much you will hate yourself if you don’t check this one out ( library pun totally intended).
This story is told from the point of view of several characters and is written in such a way that you can really visualize what is going on like you would watching it live. This story spares no time or lack of details by diving straight into the action and it prepares you so well with the introduction that unlike many others in this genre you don’t spend the first half of the book trying to play catch up.
The story begins with America mourning the loss of the first manned mission to explore Mars.They lost contact shortly after entering orbit and were mourned as casualties of the space race. The crew, awoken abruptly from a chemically induced sleep after the AI that controlled their ship fails, find themselves unexpectedly returning to Earth. Problem is they have no idea what anomaly interrupted their carefully planned course. Upon investigation they discover that not only is the world completely void of the expected clusters of light illuminating the Earth from space but that it is a real possibility they are returning to a world from the past or the future.
Earth is now a place where humanity battles daily with the the shells of former humans that have become inhabited by a spore like organism known as the Riy. The sole purpose of this infection is to find a host, paralyze it upon first contact ( while it is still cognizant of what is going on), slowly invade its body and kill it. This facilitates its overall goal of completely animating and controlling the host in order to seek and spread their spores to anything and everything they find.
“Horrid, ugly things they were, blackened corpses, thin and ungainly, usurped flesh and bone transformed into walking shadows. At one time, each of the drones had a name, but they were now no more than vehicles for the black mist they carried in their chests.”
We meet a group of warriors and gatherers that fight for their lives, only coming out at night to forage for food and supplies. They hide from the Riy as a means for survival knowing that if they aren’t careful, they too will be destined to a fate none of them can stomach.
This story follows both groups as the worlds they know collide and they combine their efforts to not only save themselves but also the future of the human race.
This book is so intense. The action was continuous but not overwhelming or disorganized. The story line and plot do not disappoint. The characters are well developed. The military terms and scientific jargon are accurate and not too wordy. You can tell this author knew what he was talking about and didn’t just stick a bunch of terms in there hoping it would look authentic. Overall, this is a great read.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Chuck Grossart and 47North.