FORSAKEN SKIES in space
released OUT NOW! 570 pages | Paperback/ebook Author d Nolan Clark Publisher Orbit
Fermi’s paradox asks why, when alien life must surely be an inevitability, and the universe is billions of years old, Earth hasn’t already been visited by some form of extra-terrestrial. In Forsaken Skies, humanity has been exploring the stars for hundreds of years, with no sign of aliens. The conclusion is that they don’t exist, and the whole concept is now considered absurd. But then something comes along that’s entirely outside the Navy’s range of experience…
The planet Niraya is under attack, and the corporation responsible for its welfare has written it off, determining it cheaper to simply let it – and its inhabitants – die. Fortunately for them, Aleister Lanoe, a retired and renowned Navy commander, is in the right place at the right time, and brings together a ragtag collection of pilots, con men and fugitives to defend the planet. It’s a tiny group against a huge invading force – but it might just work.
It’s not an original premise, but gripping writing, a brilliantly realised future culture and sympathetic characters – Ehta, a former pilot suffering from PTSD, and Valk, who lives in constant pain and never leaves his spacesuit, are particular highlights – make this an entertaining and compelling read. Rhian Drinkwater
“D Nolan Clark” is a pseudonym for David Wellington, perhaps best known for his Monster Island zombie trilogy.