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Space Village One
Bob Price, author
Escaping an abusive partner is as tough in 2060 as it was in 2020. You just have further to run. Running as far away as possible was top of Melissa’s list especially as her husband was President of an authoritarian regime the British Democratic Republic. Finding a neutral haven close enough to reach quickly key to her escape plan. Hence she chose Space Village One a neutral colony of settlers orbiting two hundred and fifty miles above the Earth. These days the only safe haven for anyone not wanting to be included in a future war was to leave the planet. Space Village One offered much for those able to reach it including fortifications made from minerals found on Mars and Venus that made it stronger than anything built on Earth. Not that the villagers were warriors, most were engineers and scientists led by Mayor Cannon. Numbering just one hundred a fifty villagers they represented a society of equality that shamed surface societies. For that reason none had been allowed to return to the surface for two decades the authorities fearing what their populations might do after learning that equality in a population was possible.

Space Village One is a science fiction and political thriller by Bob Price. I love the creation of this new world! It is just, and it caters to people’s needs, regardless of social status. It’s a world where equality is possible. The idea itself of having a space community like Space Village One is already fascinating, but the fact that someone running from her dangerous husband suddenly dwells in such a peaceful place, posing a threat to the community, makes this book a suspenseful read! I love Melissa’s character because of her courage, and because she took responsibility in protecting the village. But what intrigued me the most, is not knowing whether I should be scared of Buxton, Chadsworth, or both.

Overall, I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It tackles some of the most intense political, economic, and social issues: genocide, assassination attempts, domestic abuse, war, treason, inequality. I highly recommend this book to readers who love science fiction and political thriller.