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Retrograde Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth?
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"For lovers of Andy Weir's The Martian, here's a true hard science-fiction tale set on the red planet--a terrific blend of high tech and high tension, of science and suspense, of characters and crisis."--ROBERT J. SAWYER, Hugo Award winning author of Red Planet Blues
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- ASIN : 1328834557
- Publisher : John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition (September 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781328834553
- ISBN-13 : 978-1328834553
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.94 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #893,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is written in the first person, from a character called Liz. If I didnt know any better, I'd say Liz is suffering from attention deficit disorder. She starts a chapter on one plot line, segues into a description of what she's passing at that moment, then considers if a little more, and THEN dissolves down another thought line discussing the benefit of bee reproduction or something....
This goes on to the extent that there is on average of one line of dialog every two pages.....it is supremely annoying. The writing style is a meandering mess in my opinion. I got half way through and gave up.
By J. Carter on August 29, 2018
Reading anything from Peter Cawdron is almost a guarantee, for a very solid, enjoyable read. Cawdron is like the Freddie Mercury of writing, his repertoire is broad and he appears equally at home, whether the subject being space, aliens, zombies, crime, love or humor.
It's clear from reading Cawdron's work, that he genuinely loves science. He seems to suck up new concepts and ideas like a Dyson, and isn't afraid to venture into quite a bit of research to come up with plausible and enjoyable new takes on almost any subject. On top of that the majority of his plots reveals a very reflected approach to all things about being human in different society structures, as well as to the risks/rewards of several technological and behavioral trends we face both as individuals and as a (human) race.
One notable feature of Cawdron's artfully crafted books, is, that there's no common denominator in plot development, or at least none I recognize. Some authors seems to build their plots from a template, that after three or four books, makes you sigh 'here we go again, boriiiing...', right before terminating your reader relationship. The unpredictable plot structure of Cawdron's work, even after having read about fifteen of his books, deserves high praise.
Cawdron has easily joined the exclusive club of my all time favorite authors, being in good company with people such as Alastair Reynolds, Ramez Naam, Iain Banks, Cixin Liu, Richard Morgan, JRR Tolkien, Neal Stephenson, Ann Leckie, and several others.
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This starts off slow , in what seems a little like "The Martian" book, this time with a multi-national group of colonists left stranded on Mars, only to find a sudden unexpected limited nuclear war on Earth means there is no rescue ever coming back for them.
Soon, the struggle to survive, and rising suspicion and hostility between the fragmented survivors, turns into something very unexpected and different. What if the real enemy isn't the inhospitable Martian landscape, but something among themselves?
The pages fly past as you race through the story, and I couldn't put it down until the last page.
A thrilling rollercoaster of a book, from a master Storyteller.
Even after finishing the book, I kept on thinking about the great underlying ideas.
Unlike The Martian, the plot kicks off in Retrograde when disaster strikes Earth. The Martian colony then becomes a pressure cooker of suspicion and intrigue from there as the colonists from dozens of countries eye each other up with doubt and suspicion.
Retrograde is a very good novel, I found the characters to be lifelike and the writing was fantastic.
The book deals with a lot of themes* though that could otherwise have over complicated the story or drowned out the narrative. But it was a pleasure to read - and the different themes and plot points were woven around each other well.
Read this if you enjoyed: The Martian, Red Mars, 2001, Encounter with Tiber or any other good Martian/Mars set book.
*Themes include: Nuclear War, AI, and Grief.
Fast paced and technically interesting, particularly the unexpected tech twist. As others have said 'if you enjoyed the Martian you should read this'
1 star lost for the way the key character seems to solve everything to win the day, I needed to suspend belief a little to much but that's just me.