Fiction - Science Fiction
346 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Rogue by Alex Schuler, with Kevin Weir, is a science fiction adventure that revolves around a man named Jonah and an interdimensional space journey that ensues when a dormant spacecraft suddenly begins to work. Jonah Wall discovers a buried extraterrestrial spaceship while working on a rig in Alaska. While at a party on the ship with his sons, whose relationship with Jonah is severely strained, the craft 'skips' off Earth with those who happened to be on board. This is when the adventure begins and events that range from dark and desolate landscapes to aquatic fuel-seeking serpents, insight into Earth's grim fate, deeply wounding loss and mutiny make a successful return home improbable.

Alex Schuler takes readers back to storytelling that is reminiscent of mid-century science fiction where the interstellar life found is less like Richardson's Tripeds and more like Ito's giant gastropods. I found this to be unique; a novel where humans are not trying to save the galaxy and really just want to get home. The best part about Schuler's story is that some of the worst actions against the lost gang of people come from within the group itself. A sea monster may try to get you but does that even matter if you're fighting over resources among your own? The contemporary classic angle also allows readers who prefer not to get neck-deep into the literal science of science fiction and immerse themselves in the plot was a bonus for me as not having to read page after page of technicalities on 'how' kept the pace moving forward. We see the saga unfold through alternating point-of-view characters and, with a devastating twist, Rogue is a welcome retreat into good old-fashioned creature features.