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Looking for a planet that will be better than Earth
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
There was a mass extinction event on Earth. A relative handful of people managed to escape on a few large spaceships. It’s now three hundred years later, and approximately ten of these ships are left. Each is about the size of a large city back on Earth. The Fleet (as it is called) has been traveling the galaxy for all this time looking for a new planet to settle on that will be better than the Earth they left. So far, they haven’t had much luck.
And if they keep on the way they are going, it won’t matter much anyway; humans are doomed. Perhaps there is some fatal flaw in us that renders the urge to put personal status above the survival of the species inevitable. Or perhaps it is just that after three hundred years of aimlessly wandering space the ragtag group of survivors is losing their focus. But this last hope of humanity appears to be determined to kill each other off before they ever find their better world. And for the pettiest of reasons.
Maeve has become convinced that people like her exist only to be used up and discarded by the Fleet. Her best friend, Dritan, saves her from airlocking herself (letting herself be sucked into empty space to die), only to have her worst fears of being assigned to the first landing mission to Soren, the new planet they are about to explore, realized. Though the mission is more successful than most of the initial new planet landings, Maeve does not appear in the succeeding books, so we don’t know if she ultimately survived or not.