Posted in Hard SF, Science Fiction

Reentry by Peter Cawdron (Mars Endeavour #2)

Publication Info: Published June 11th 2019 by John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Hardback edition courtesy of my local library. Other editions available.

Summary: After the nuclear devastation of several cities around the world and the disaster on Mars in Retrograde, three of the scientists are recalled to Earth. Also traveling with them are the stored memory of the deceased Chinese scientist, Jai, and the Artificial Intelligence that attacked both Earth and Mars.

When they three scientists — Liz, Wen and Su-Shun — arrive on earth, they are shocked by what they find. They expected to find destruction and chaos, but they didn’t expect the waves of paranoia and pure hatred directed at them through protests and direct actions against them. Liz, the only American in the group of returnees, is called to testify in front of Congress about the events on Mars and her interactions with the Artificial Intelligence that caused the wars on both planets. As her actions and decisions are deeply scrutinized, Liz begins to realize the danger she and her companions are in. When the three scientists are methodically hunted down in their hotel, the AI becomes their only ally.

Comments: Reentry is a great sequel to Retrograde. It addresses several of the issues left hanging in the first book. I’ve really gotten into the main characters and I’m hoping for a third installment.

Reentry has a lot more fast action with fewer pauses for scientific facts than Retrograde, but it still falls solidly in the Hard Sci-Fi category.

Recommended for readers of Hard Sci-Fi and near-future Science Fiction.

My Rating 4 STARS

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