Unearthing bog bodies is not an experience archaeology student Felicity enjoys, but lacking fieldwork practice, she has no choice. Then, when she discovers a corpse that could change the theory of human evolution, things start to get dangerous. Meanwhile on Mars, astronaut Lucas has plenty to occupy his time – while directing colleagues in an operation to terraform the planet, he must also prevent them discovering the real reason for his presence there.
Deborah Jackson has written a giant of a book, in more ways than one – crammed with interesting factual information to back up the plotlines, it occasionally felt a little too ‘heavy’ for what it is. The author even gives the reader a choice on one particular section, saying we can skip it if we like. I did skip it and didn’t feel I’d missed anything important, which might point to it not needing to be there at all.
The scope and background material in the story reminded me a little of Jurassic Park, creating a feeling of being in the presence of an author who really knows what she’s talking about. Nevertheless, while I couldn’t help wonder if the novel might appeal more to science graduates than mere sci-fi fans, Jackson has certainly done her homework in creating a believable and thought-provoking tale.
It’s a long read for sure and I’d have enjoyed it more if I could have finished it in a few days, rather than a few weeks, however, it’s also a fascinating and clever plot with plenty to get your literary and scientific teeth into. One to watch.