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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Lady Dana is an eighteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in the Badlands. It’s a desert-like land where one wouldn’t think any living thing could survive. But there is a complete community of humans surviving, or at least struggling to survive, and then there are the Life Domes. Lady Dana’s mother, Keenan, is the Duchess, an important person on the council that keeps their community safe. But then, there’s the Recruiter from the Life Domes, who seems to be drugging so many of the young people and taking them away to the Life Domes. To live a better life? That’s the promise, but no one really knows for sure. Dana must confront this recruiter; she must stop him. Her mother’s life is at risk and so is her own.
Alexandra Mars's science fiction novel, Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands, is the first in a series that matches good against evil in a land where neither should be able to exist. There is a viable and exciting plot in this novel. The scenery is well described so the reader gets a good sense of place and feels a part of the story. I can almost feel the author showing me the story instead of telling it, which is a good thing, and the plot develops very well – it’s fast-paced and exciting. The plot reaches a vibrant climax, but doesn’t appear to resolve itself, which leads to a disappointing conclusion. This is only the first book in a series, and the author has a great story here.