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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
The first in a new sci-fi series by Daelynn Quinn, Fall of Venus is a futuristic interplanetary yarn set on a planet with problems (not to mention plants and animals) very much like our own. Over-consumption and human apathy have left the planet in dire straits with most of the population forced to live underground during the blistering summer months. But carbon footprints become the least of her problems when Pollen McRae, a quiet, mousy, twenty-year-old, wakes up in the middle of the woods with no idea how she got there. Soon she meets up with Marcus, a young man with similar memory problems, and together they try to discover what's going on, what's the meaning behind their mysterious new tattoos, why all the animals are dead, and just who exactly are the people chasing after them.
Action-packed with cliffhanger chapter endings, Fall of Venus is a deft blend of environmentalism and sci-fi, all packaged around one young woman's determination to survive. As someone who cares about the health and viability of our planet I did enjoy reading Ms Quinn's interpretation of a world in which nothing was done in time and how the characters live with the consequences of their actions. And since it's not done in a preachy manner, readers who may not be so environmentally inclined will be able to enjoy it as well.
For a science fiction novel, Fall of Venus kind of creeps up on readers with the sci-fi elements; it's not a book that can be immediately categorized. I actually mistook it for general adult fiction and then survival fiction, but when the sci-fi bits do appear they certainly pack a wallop. I did wish for more of an indication in the beginning that the story was set on a planet far away. I probably would have been a little less confused.