Orphan Planet

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Odyssey Earth book 1



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About The Author

Rex Burke

With Earth in crisis, humans are travelling deep into space. But humanity’s future just took a wrong turn.

A seventeen-year colony-ship voyage – a straight shot to a new planet. Handpicked, single-minded crew, and a thousand settlers in hypersleep. No children, no families, no fuss.

That was the plan, anyway.

Captain Juno Washington commands a ship of loners and oddballs. The teenagers of the Odyssey Earth didn’t ask to be born, and face an uncertain future. And Jordan Booth really didn’t want to be woken up early to look after a bunch of kids.

After an unexpected change of course, relationships are tested like never before. If they listen to advice, pull together and stop squabbling, they might just make it.

Yeah, right. Good luck with that.

1 review for Orphan Planet

  1. Jared Leys

    Orphan Planet by @SciFiRex is a wonderful start to the Odyssey Earth series. I can’t think of a better description for it than the one it already has: A feelgood space adventure.

    Some additional thoughts and feelings on it…

    The description is perfect. This book is an adventure–mostly in space–and I felt good the whole time I was reading it. Though some significant peril exists in the story, the tension is light. I never felt too far removed from having a good time.

    The prose is some of the smoothest I’ve come across in awhile. It’s easy to read and very well edited. I’m not one to nitpick those things, but I can’t think of a single element of the writing and style to question.

    In fact, about halfway through the book I realized I hadn’t even made any mental notes about the book up to that point. I was simply experiencing the story page by page, unbothered by what it was or wasn’t.

    Equally remarkable is how the world is interesting and stout enough in its science to be believable, without diving into any unnecessary technical details. This is accomplished in part thanks to the main character, Jordan.

    After reading the prequel short story First Date and liking its main character–the ship’s captain–I was briefly disappointed to realize Orphan Planet has a different MC. But Jordan gets the job done by being the most out-of-the-loop character we meet. At least at first.

    Once he’s up to speed, Jordan does get a significant opportunity to step up to the plate and make important decisions that impact the lives of others. In a lot of ways I could identify with Jordan’s decisions and I understood his point of view. Which felt good.

    The whole thing feels good. It’s nice and amusing and fascinating and has an ending that leaves you ready to pick up book 2 right away.

    Additionally, AI voice of the spaceship, Reeves, is an excellent character. He serves as equal parts comic relief and the sobering voice of reason about the seriousness of the situation at hand.

    I quite enjoyed Orphan Planet. And if feeling good sounds good to you, I recommend you read it too.

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