As a long-time StarTrek fan, this opened with a similar feel – a
tense starship chase through a nebula, the starships bobbing and weaving
at the fastest speed the engines can produce. Suddenly, a wormhole. Both
ships, damaged by an anomaly that hid the wormhole from view until it
was too late, are unable to escape. End of story?
No, not at all. It’s just beginning.
As each crew’s consciousness returns, they find they’ve crash
landed on a planet, if it can be called that, somewhere.
Four things are very clear. First, neither crew has any idea where they
are. Second, the likelihood of rescue is remote, at best. Third, neither
ship will ever fly again. And fourth, very little from either ship is
The survivors of the two crews, including just one woman, each
long taught the other was their mortal enemy, join forces for their
combined survival. Over time, they develop a shaky, not unanimous,
co-existence, each group knowing they can’t survive without the other.
With only their various strengths, and wiles to keep themselves going,
they set out in search of food, water, and a safe shelter.
Will the crews survive? Can they identify and avoid the dangers
their new environment presents? Will they find common ground? Can they
put aside their differences and learn to trust?
Ms. Mooney’s descriptions paint incredible images of what she
sees in her mind – many degrees of beautiful and dangerous. I’m eager to
read Book 2, to find out how this mismatched band of settlers is doing
on their brave, new world. I give this book 5-stars.