America is a “one party system” (translation: dictatorship) under the leadership of a President who demands absolute conformity to his ideals. What’s worse is that people have handed over their freedom in the wake of a nuclear terrorist attack in Seattle. Science has also drawn inward when the government disbanded NASA after an epic failure colonize Mars. It’s too bad that everybody stopped looking around, and started looking at one self-absorbed moron to lead them by the nose. Otherwise, they might have seen the rogue planet entering our solar system before it collided with Mars, and set on a collision course with Earth with only 8-12 years to prepare. Humanity’s only hope is to scramble to design a spaceship to send a human contingency to another planet orbiting 55 Cancri, which is 40.3 light years away. Technology and science are in a mad scramble to find a way to bring the mission together quickly and quietly, lest it be sabotaged by political terrorists or worse, dissidents to the current U.S. Regime.
What impressed me about Exodus was how well Christensen balanced all of the story elements, from humanity, to politics, to the sciences and social aspects, both amongst the “selected” and those who remained behind. This novel was obviously well planned, well researched, and definitely well plotted. It moved along at a perfect pace to keep me intrigued, and the “downtimes” were well utilized to fill in readers with backstory and knowledge they need to stay up to speed with the characters and world environment of the time.
Overall, Exodus is an excellent novel well worth the 5 star rating that I am happy to celebrate here. I’m intrigued by the new world of Aurora, and look forward to learning more about our brave, spacefaring survivors in Book 2 of The Exodus Trilogy, titled Aurora. Thank you, Mr. Christensen, for sharing your vision of our near future, and I look forward to returning to your world so I can enjoy the rest of this intriguing story!
Exodus is available as a free ebook download.