Valley of Hope

A Story of Consequences

Fiction - Science Fiction
245 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2023
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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.

Nicholus Schroeder

Valley of Hope: A Story of Consequences is a sci-fi novel by Francis Mont. Humanity may have survived the nuclear strikes but the damage and loss of life would scar their new society forever. They rebuilt their cities from the rubble and created AIs that would govern in their place. Their fractured community flourished, but only for a brief moment. Climate change was at its peak and the remnants of humanity faced extinction from unrelenting storms and wildfires. A difficult choice was made, and an intergalactic expedition was launched to seek out potential planets for migration. While those on earth seek refuge underground, the voyage among the stars meets with success. They find a compatible planet, but it's soon apparent that it's not theirs to call home. What will they find on the foreign planet, and will humanity endure?

Valley of Hope has an interesting plot. I was hooked on this story of survival early on as Francis Mont did a great job of setting the scene. The incorporation of climate change and where our society might be headed was a nice addition. The pacing mirrored the speed of the impending doom and helped give a sense of how chaotic life might be for the characters. I also liked the way that the situation on Earth kept deteriorating as the story went on, as opposed to the plot just being about brave souls traversing the cosmos. When well done, the duality of despair and hope always work perfectly at getting me invested in the plight of the characters and the plot. This is a book that entertained and got me thinking about the future.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Valley of Hope: A Story of Consequences is the final installment in the Valley Trilogy by Francis Mont. The year is 2098 and the survivors of the nuclear war in the three cities in Sacramento Valley that devastated Russia and wiped out major cities in the U.S. are facing new challenges. While Omega computers supervise food and energy production and distribute them together with all necessities to every household, the human population is encouraged to initiate non-essential projects to make life easier. Then comes the warning from environmental scientists that climate change is increasing at an exponential rate. Humans have to temporarily move underground into protected subterranean towns or leave the planet within one decade and settle in another solar system. An underground city is constructed, while Chris Teggart with a group of able citizens has to leave earth in search of a planet that can sustain human needs. Can they find a friendly planet before it’s too late?

Francis Mont’s Valley of Hope is a fascinating read. What makes this novel enthralling is that it ignites the imagination with a scenario that is believable because the chances of a nuclear war happening are not impossible. With computers and artificial intelligence taking over many human functions, the post-apocalyptic world that the author has created is relatable. The same is true with the Lifeboat spaceship. In short, the author uses technology that we already have today but he pushes it to the extreme. The characters are three-dimensional and relatable and the book shows us what it means to be human by reflecting both the dark and the good side of human nature and the things people do to survive. Valley of Hope is also a story about the indomitable human spirit which makes it an inspiring read.