Book: Ten by Paul Emerycategories: Book, Romance, Exploration, Colonisation, SciFi, Science Fiction
Paul Emeryabout this book: The basic idea for this novel was bouncing around in my head for some time before I finally sat down to write it. It is set in a future which sees large parts of the planet Earth too warm and dry to sustain life.
The lead male character, Dan Jennings, grew up on a family ranch in Texas, but along with his grandfather was forced to move north and Dan was given a job by the government on a fish farm on the shores of Lake Michigan. Dan is stuck in this job out of a sense of loyalty but is unhappy and struggling to find a way out as the novel opens.
Meanwhile, very quietly, the major powers around the globe unite to share technology in order to look for habitable planets outside of the solar system. Rachel Walker plays a key role in the North America and British Isles Alliance (NABIA) engine design and is completely focused on leading the mission ahead.
The novel continues with Dan receiving an unexpected chance to join the crew of ten that will fly off on the mission, a decision he battles with but in the end decides to risk all and take the chance.
The first planet sees a major speed bump for Rachel, as she injures her neck and is left struggling to walk. It is the unexpected figure of Dan that tries to reach her and the story follows her rocky road towards recovery. Could this unlikely former rancher be her ticket to happiness more so than the mission or the future of the human race?
'Ten' is set in a plausible future, but firmly centred around the characters as they battle emotions felt as much today such as depression, anxiety, hope and love.
Five star review from Amazon.com: "The characters themselves are also relatable and face many personal issues outside of just looking for a new planet to colonize on. I loved that the author focused on these strong emotions (love, depression, fear, etc.) instead of making it a pure sci-fi fantasy novel."
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