Book Review: Better World by Autumn Kalquist

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Read between: 3rd – 6th of February 2017
Number of pages: 154
Series: Legacy Code
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Diapason Publishing
Synopsis: The last humans spent centuries searching for a new Earth. Now they face extinction.

For three hundred years, arks have carried the last remnants of humanity through dark space. The ships are old, failing, and every colonist must do their duty to ensure the fleet’s survival.

Maeve is a metalworker, toiling in the blistering sublevels of the London. She’s lost friends and family to the hazardous work conditions and fears every job she’s assigned could be her last. All she wants is a little control over her life, but the oppressive sublevel enforcers ensure that’s not an option.

Now, after decades of traveling, the ships have finally reached their destination: Soren, a toxic planet that may have the resources they desperately need. But mining a planet comes at a price, and Maeve and the other workers will be expected to pay it with their lives.

If a better world awaits, Maeve’s sure to be dead long before the fleet finds it… unless she finds a way to control her destiny and change it.

Rating:3-5-stars

Review: In a futuristic world, the Earth is dead and humans live aboard space ships- searching the cosmos for a new Earth-like planet to populate. The London, a metal work ship, drifts above the planet Soren.

Maeve Vasquez has just turned 18, but she wants to end her life. It’s her one goal, and she’ll try anything to do it- even being sucked out of the airlock, which gets her into a lot of trouble with Enforcer Fenton- and punishment, means punishment. Getting whipped is nothing to Maeve, after all, her parents are dead, the girl she loves was forced to marry, to pair with someone- and Maeve feels that she has nothing.

I liked that the main character was LGBT, even though it’s based in the future where you’d expect it to be more lenient, being gay is still a problem for Maeve.

Being suicidal, brands her a coward- hence the punishment, but her cowardice turned into guilt when a colleague does a job she refused to do and ends up being involved in a horrific accident. So yes, she feels guilty.

To prove she’s not a coward, when her friend Dritan is called on the mission to collect resources from the planet below, she volunteers instead. She joins the rest of the small crew that are sent to the surface in order to find a better world.

A trip that killed her parents.

She knows it’s dangerous, she knows she might die, and that’s why she’s going.

As it turns out, she’s one of the lucky ones, with just Enforcer Fenton as company, they venture across the surface of Soren- oxygen is low , the terrain is dangerous, but they need to find the other humans from the other ships. Are there any more survivors?

Can there really be a better world out there?

I find it easier to watch sci-fi rather than read it but for a short novel it had a lot of premise and I was intrigued. I might read the next one!

3.5/5 stars.

I liked it!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie

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