Friday, November 20, 2015
Caretaker by Josi Russell
Author: Josi Russell
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Published: Sept. 2015
Paperback: 325 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Fifty years in space—alone.
Ethan Bryant was supposed to fall asleep on a ship leaving Earth and wake up fifty years later with his family on the planet Minea. Instead, after the ship’s caretaker—the lone human in charge of monitoring the ship’s vital systems—suddenly died, the ship’s computer locked Ethan out of his stasis chamber and gave him the job. That was five years ago. Five years of checking to make sure everything runs smoothly on a ship Ethan knows almost nothing about.
Who wouldn’t dread the years ahead? Who wouldn’t long for their once-bright future now stolen away?
Ethan is resigned to his fate, until the ship suddenly wakes up another passenger: a beautiful engineer who, along with Ethan, soon discovers a horrible secret—a navigation room hidden from even the ship’s computer. The ship is not bound for Minea—but to somewhere far more dangerous.
With the ship nearing its sinister destination, Ethan soon learns he is the only one who holds the key to saving all 4,000 passengers from a highly-advanced, hostile alien race.
I met the author at an Authorpalooza and was intrigued by this book. The cover is very striking and eye-catching. The story is absolutely fascinating and I loved Ethan. The events that lead to him being the Caretaker were page-turning and exciting, but most of those whys and hows to him being caretaker, we don't find out about until later (which I liked). I enjoyed how the author worked in the back story of Ethan and his family and especially how he learned a mysterious language. I don't want to give away the plot at all, but there are many twists to the story that really added to the plot and changed his life on the ship. Which actually turns out to be more of an upheaval than a change.
4 out of 5 stars. Great book with fantastic characters and an enjoyable plot. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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