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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Colony's Dawn by N. Joseph Glass commences with Raffaella discovering a secret chat embedded in the data logs she was required to log. This leads to a meeting with a secret action group that believes the rules constraining colony life are based on propaganda. Then Gift and Mike discover a false chip embedded in essential equipment. The next operating issue is caused by a failed update when no update has been released. Soon Gift and Raff realize they are dealing with dangerous saboteurs. They avert life-threatening incidents but find themselves somehow bearing the blame. Could the saboteurs be among their workgroup, or the “All Lies” activists, and what do they ultimately want?
Colony's Dawn by N. Joseph Glass is a work of speculative science fiction that evokes the roots of the genre. I liked the detailed world-building that generated the New Europa culture. The lead character, Gift Ojo, had an appealing personality and her characterization contained some surprises. Although she was an individual, she was not subversive. I admired her loyalty to the colony and satisfaction with her working life. She was willing to break a few rules, mostly in pursuit of the common good. I began to expect a certain outcome, but was intrigued to discover my assumptions were only half right. Nothing was as it appeared, yet essential truths were embedded in every fabrication. I found the narrative point of view essentially optimistic and was left with a pleasant sense of hope once the conflict was resolved. Colony's Dawn by N. Joseph Glass belongs on the bookshelf alongside my favorite apocalyptic and alternative future stories.