Fiction - Science Fiction
298 Pages
Reviewed on 12/09/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Reentry is a work of fiction in the science fiction genre. It is aimed at the adult reading audience and was penned by author Jeffrey W. Tenney. Set in the wake of a catastrophic accident that has devastated the earth, the book follows a group of astronauts who survived the destruction as they were on a space station when it struck. With their supplies dwindling, they must face the prospect of returning to the ruined world beneath them to find a way to survive, but with the hostile planet below and discord rife amongst them, the odds are stacked against them.

This was an incredibly tense survival thriller set against the backdrops of both space and the unrecognizable ruins of the world as we know it. Jeffrey W. Tenney wastes no time in getting readers to the edge of their seats and masterfully keeping them there until the very last page is turned and the final fate of the astronauts is revealed. As the story unfolds and the astronauts are confronted with a seemingly endless barrage of complications and plot twists, nothing is left certain as the electric dynamics between each of the crew members cause friction and resentment that constantly threaten to make even the most simple of survival strategies seem like a big risk. Reentry is a masterclass in telling survival stories, with hostility coming at the characters from every angle and new dangers constantly just beyond each horizon they push toward. I recommend this book for all readers, especially those in search of their next thriller addiction.

Vincent Dublado

Reentry by Jeffrey W. Tenney inspires possibilities and behooves us to reflect on how puny we are in comparison to the vastness of the universe. It makes you reflect on whether you will survive or become part of the casualties in the event of an act of God. The plot is straightforward enough, a possibility of how we can be wiped out like the dinosaurs and the step we would take to defy it. The Chinese have launched a multiple-warhead rocket at an asteroid heading toward Earth. The Chinese designed it to test the feasibility of redirecting the trajectory of some future threat, which they call counter-directed energy detonations. But something went wrong that led to the devastation of Earth’s civilizations, with seven American astronauts witnessing this apocalypse. As their resources run out, they must return to the planet in the hopes of resupplying. The possibility looks grim, and as friction among the crew escalates, another option is to search for survivors and build a sustainable community.

One of the strengths of Reentry is its boldness in stating its theme. It is brave and resourceful as Jeffrey W. Tenney takes a stab at China as a proponent in defense against extinction-level events—and he shows that it isn’t perfect. Tenney writes with prophetic vision and attention to detail that makes the plot riveting. He keeps an eye on the ball by exploring the sentiments of the seven astronauts to intensify the dilemma that they face. He knows that he has a great story, and he sustains this greatness by delivering a narrative that feels like a docudrama. So convincing are the details that it scares me—I hope to be long dead before an asteroid collides with Earth. Reentry is a powerful science fiction novel that is told with brilliant clarity. It’s about people trying to survive and making attempts to continue living. This is a must-read that you should not miss.

Pikasho Deka

Reentry is a disaster survival tale written by Jeffrey W. Tenney. After an asteroid collision renders most of the planet uninhabitable, wiping out the majority of the population, seven astronauts reenter the earth's atmosphere as their support systems verge on the risk of collapse. Immediately after landing on the surface, co-pilot Jason Anderson takes off on his own. Additionally, Commander Bill Summers' health increasingly deteriorates, eventually leading to his death. A trek toward the Taos Ski Valley results in the group splitting up further as they come closer to a remote village. Soon, Flight Engineer Juwan Crawford and Science Officer Alice Bond find themselves embroiled in a dangerous skirmish between two rival groups whose leaders hate each other. Complicating matters is the unexpected return of their old friend Jason Anderson.

Jeffrey W. Tenney's Reentry reminds you of the hit TV show The Walking Dead, but without the zombies. A fast-paced dystopian survival story at its core, Reentry is utterly gripping to read. With numerous twists and turns, Tenney's intricate plotting keeps your eyes glued to the pages. The characters are well-developed, with engaging personalities that make them compelling to read. Crawford and Bond share the lion's share of the page time, and their entertaining relationship dynamic was one of the highlights of the book. I also enjoyed Anderson's characterization as his moral ambiguity made him a riveting anti-hero. Apart from the gritty and dramatic moments, there is also plenty of humor sprinkled throughout the pages that make this a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Recommended to fans of dystopian survival stories.