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"From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thorns, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity's future might be its undoing ... Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi's vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret. Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi. The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roc, [2015]
ISBN: 9780425282397
Branch Call Number: SCI NEWMA-E
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Planet fall


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Nov 18, 2017

First of all, I enjoyed this, and rushed to read the next in the series. That said, the ending left me cold. All the clues were there along the way, and when they all slammed together at the end rather than feeling a rush of satisfaction, my response was more "meh". She certainly knows how to string a reader along, in a good way, with what in retrospect is really a lot of detail and flashback explanations of the story line, but satisfying none-the-less.

JCLMeganG Dec 29, 2016

This turned out to be not so much a sci fi novel as a story exploring, in too much detail, one woman's personal struggles with members of her community and the consequences of her disorder. If I had been set up to expect that, I wouldn't have been so disappointed.

Aug 07, 2016

I'll keep it short:
Really interesting world
Interesting main character with believable anxiety and ocd tendencies
Solid prose

Incredibly slow build to unveil the book's central mystery. I got pretty bored at times but kept reading to find out what was going on.
On the flip side, the ending was rushed and had no time to explore the ideas it suddenly raises before its end

Mar 31, 2016

A complex character, Ren. I become so involved in her "now" and in figuring out what she is, how she is, I am distracted - no - blinded to the danger to her and to the colony.

As the book ends with catastrophic change only beginning, I assume there is a sequel coming.

My personal annoyance for the "cliffhanger" ending aside, this is a well written story based on an interesting premise. While not breathlessly awaiting said sequel, I did look at the library shelves to see if the author's The Split Worlds series was available, as Newman is a very good writer.


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