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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Life on Ampelus by Grant Winston, a group of scientists is assigned to the planet Ampelus in the colony’s Department of Ecological Heritage. Transforming Ampelus into a habitable planet will take time. Both Cydippe O'Toole and Naoko Kimura set to work as soon as they arrive. It turns out that studying the planet’s species and ecology is the least of their challenges. They constantly have to deal with the demands and unreasonable orders from Governor Dimwood Cramp, a self-seeking, controlling man who will eliminate anyone and everything that stands in his way. Surrounding him is a group of sycophants who will carry out anything he demands from them. Will scientists Cydippe and Naoko be able to stop the deranged governor? What is the price that they will have to pay?
Life on Ampelus by Grant Winston reflects the conflict that often arises between people who are determined to better any ecological system and those whose motives are egotistical and self-centered. The account made me take a deeper look at our own planet and the different interests surrounding environmental conservation. Grant Winston juxtaposes the intentions of Cydippe and Naoko with those of the self-serving governor. Within the plot, the message is clearly outlined. The author shows the danger in sacrificing sustainability for the short-term benefit of a few. The fast-paced action at the climax of the plot was a wonderful addition to an already great theme. There are also distinct descriptions of Ampelus that added a wonderful framework. Captivating and relatable, Life on Ampelus will fascinate any fan of science fiction.