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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Valley of Hope is the third and final book in the Valley Trilogy by Francis Mont. Set in a dystopian future in the year 2098, the book follows a group of survivors living in Sacramento Valley who will have to navigate climate change and scarce resources to survive. After the nuclear wars, the earth's climate has deteriorated almost to the point of no return. Trevor Dubois, a computer programmer, and a small talented group of people find themselves tasked with looking for another world for humans to inhabit. They embark on the spaceship Lifeboat, heading toward the planet of Minerva. However, unbeknownst to them, Minerva already has indigenous inhabitants, and not all are welcoming of human colonization. Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Mayor Jonathan Carver struggles to govern the city's population underground, facing unforeseen problems. Can humanity find a way?
Francis Mont wraps up the Valley Trilogy with a neat bow in this installment. Valley of Hope ties up all the plot threads from the previous books, culminating in an immensely satisfying ending that will please the fans of the series. Mont touches upon some increasingly relevant social issues. Does a small government work? Should people try to fend for themselves, disregarding social values and ethics? Or should we come together to help each other reach our fullest potential as human beings? Trevor and Jonathan are two of the more fleshed-out characters, and the story is told primarily through their POVs. I recommend this book to sci-fi fans who love dystopian stories.