The return of NASA's first manned mission to Mars was supposed to be a momentous day. But when the crew loses touch with ground control before entry, things look bleak. Safe after a treacherous landing, the crew emerges to discover the unthinkable--every man, woman, child, and animal has vanished without a trace. Alone now on their home planet, the crew sets out to discover where everyone has gone--and how to get them back--only to discover they may not be as alone as they thought.
Offworld| Posted September 02, 2010
"Offworld", Robin Parrish's fourth novel (after the Dominion Trilogy), was the first of his that I have read. And I will definitely be reading more! Offworld was a wonderful novel, reminiscent in parts of Tom Pawlik's Christy Award-winning novel "Vanish".
Four astronauts land on earth after an extended visit to Mars in the first manned aircraft to the red planet, in the 2030's. The foursome's aircraft has been experiencing many problems since their approach toward Earth. They crash-land in Florida and proceed to find that everyone, even the animals, has vanished. The novel proceeds to describe their journey through America, toward a pulsing light showing up on a live satellite feed emanating from Houston, Texas.
Their journey there and then the end result of their arrival kept me riveted, finsihing the novel in two days. Unlike many futuristic novels, this expertly written novel does not dwell too much on new technology. Instead, it only reveals that which is of utmost imprtance to the outstanding storyline. This I found especially impressive. "Offworld" is a must-read spun from an astounding imagination. I'll be reading much more from this writer.