Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Seeds: The Journey Continues by Carey Allen Stone is a continuation of a science fiction adventure that takes place on Saturn’s second-largest moon, Titan. Just as humanity on earth was about to destroy itself with all-out nuclear war, now known as World War Last, the explorers of Seeds took off on their journey to ensure the continuation of humanity. Setting up their first base on Titan, the team has worked hard at adapting to the difficult conditions of space and continuing the survival of the human race. When they receive a distress call from the former Russian base on Mars, there is much discussion about whether to respond but ultimately their compassion wins and a team heads to Mars to help their Russian comrades. They discover a Russian base destroyed by a space virus and only one survivor left. The Russian commander blames the Chinese base on the other side of Mars for the virus attack and the Titan inhabitants prepare for an attack by their Chinese colleagues. Even after the destruction of Earth, it seems that cultural politics and distrust may still be the ruling paradigm, even deep in outer space. Can the fledgling Titan experiment survive this new threat and continue to carry humanity’s hopes into the future?
I like a good science fiction novel and author Carey Allen Stone has given us that in Seeds. I hadn’t read the first installment and it definitely is not necessary. It was easy to quickly pick up the threads of relationships and history through the author’s thoughtful side inputs and the characters' conversations. I prefer science fiction that isn’t too technical and concentrates more on story than on technology and this book fills the brief. I feel more peripheral character development would have been nice, although certainly the main three characters were given plenty of “screen-time” and we got to know them well. I enjoyed the posing of big questions and the dilemmas faced by the Commander of the Titan base when faced with almost certain obliteration of their dream. The emotional responses of the crew members were real and gripping and the author does well in describing a society just one step removed from our own, with human beings full of great intentions but still beset by human frailties and emotions. I note that this is not the end and that the story continues. If the author’s intention was to get the reader invested in what happens next, his goal was achieved. I look forward to continuing this adventure.