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Reviewed by Leah Gonzalez for Readers' Favorite
Apophis by Caron Rider is an interesting and thought-provoking science fiction novel. When scientists discover an asteroid headed for earth, they recommend several plans of action to help save mankind as well the world’s culture, knowledge and technology. The plans include sending people to bunkers, sending a group of genetically modified humans to Mars, and placing another group in stasis. Almost two thousand years later, earth has been invaded by the Martians. Tedo, a young man left physically impaired by a Martian attack, wanders the forest after being cast out by his clan, and discovers ALEC, the artificial intelligence controlling the underground facility housing the group in stasis. ALEC enlists Tedo's help to wake one of the frozen, Cynthia Carter, from stasis to begin the next stage of their mission, but now they have to deal with the hostile Martians too.
I enjoyed reading Apophis. The main premise of an asteroid heading for the planet is already quite intriguing. Add to that the idea of creating genetically modified humans, sending people to Mars, and placing people in stasis to wait out the destruction that the asteroid will bring and you have a very engaging story. The book also starts out at a fast pace so it keeps you interested for the most part. I think the characters also work well together. I found the Martians and the artificial intelligence the most fascinating. Overall, Apophis is an enjoyable read for sci-fi fans.