Plot/Idea: An interesting survival tale of space travelers abducted and dropped on a new planet by mysterious aliens. They build a community and colony while exploring the planet they find themselves on. The latter third of the book shifts forward half a millenia to the ancestors of the settlers, who further solve the mystery of the plot. The ending is satisfying, but feels perhaps a bit too neat. There is room for additional fiction in the world of this novel.
Prose: The writing is descriptive and consistent in tone. The strange world the characters have been marooned on is brought to life effectively by the language. Dialogue fits well within the story.
Originality: The novel presents a clever story, in both conceit and structure. The novel effectively utilizes elements of the genre to create a new and exciting story.
Character/Execution: The novel takes care to develop the survivor characters which contributes to readers caring for their survival. Relationships feel organic to the story, and tragic moments resonate with emotional impact. After the time jump, the emphasis shifts away from characterization yet the reader remains engaged in learning the outcome for Jason and others.
Date Submitted: August 31, 2023