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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Earth Quarantined is a work of dramatic science fiction penned by author D.L. Richardson, and is the first book in the trilogy of the same name. We begin our tale in the year 2355, a bleak vision of the future where the human race has experienced planet-wide salvation at the hands of the Criterion species of aliens. After a virus wipes millions from the planet, humanity agrees to abide by the control of their saviors, in exchange for a reward, of course. The secrets of travelling across the stars are promised, but the Criterion have not yet delivered. And when a woman who’s supposed to be dead turns up with a packet of deadly information, the lies on both sides of the divide will be exposed at last.
Author D.L. Richardson takes a really interesting concept here, subverting the ideas of both alien invasion and space travel to make Earth and its inhabitants into the captive species. The concept and future world are well built. Though the Criterion are not too bizarre a species and sometimes come off very human themselves, the psychological mind play unfolding is well worth watching. More than this, I particularly enjoyed the unlikely heroics of central character Kethryn, an actress thrown into the middle of a higher world order that she’s only touched the tip of until now. For readers who enjoy a thrilling mind game of a read and those looking for a fresh twist on classic science fiction, I’d definitely recommend Earth Quarantined for your next read.