Planetfall by Emma Newman

Planetfall by Emma Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3D printing is the future. Build an entire colony on another planet, plus all the gear you will ever need, all available at the touch of a button. Once you’ve acquired all of the raw materials, plus a bit extra, then all you need to do is recycle and keep recycling to achieve a sustainable community.

Which is all very well, until you find out that one of the colonists is a hoarder, and attaches emotional significance to every scrap of material or broken piece of pottery she finds. Renata is the engineer behind much of the technology the colonists are using, and is well known for having anxieties; however the extent of her conditions are not known at all, nor the reasons behind them. Which may sound far-fetched except it’s surprisingly easy to ignore symptoms of mental illness, because it’s always something that happens to “other people”, right? Everyone has their own eccentricities, so what makes you think that what you’re experiencing is greater than the norm? That’s why it’s so painful for all involved when truths are finally uncovered.

All of the colonists followed their faith in one way or another to travel to this distant part of the universe. On the word of Suh-Mi, a long-time companion of Ren, who receives the knowledge of the location of “God’s City” through interaction with an unusual substance, a group of volunteers travel to this new planet. Upon arrival Suh-Mi was taken within the city, and the colonists simply live out their lives hoping to receive news of her return.

Written with such emotion and sensitivity, you feel the heartbreak and internal struggle of Ren as the story progresses. Who can she trust within the colony? Who is this newcomer who seems to have upset the balance within the population? What is the truth of God’s City?

Do the colonists, in fact, already know the answers?

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