Book Review – Planetfall by Emma Newman

planetfallFrom the award-nominated author Emma Newman, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…


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This is an unexpected sci fi story, in that its a lot more about community, secrets and mental health than about colonising an alien planet. The parts about Suh and finding the planet were fascinating though, and it is still obviously sci fi throughout.

Ren is an unreliable narrator, but I love her story. She’s a hard character to connect to, but the way it’s told makes you want to find out what she’s hiding, and the truth about everything since planetfall. And her mental health issue is one I’ve not seen tackled anywhere, and was well written in that I ended up almost feeling like she did about the situation.

I’m also dying to find out the other parts of the story – Mack’s seems particularly intriguing but also Sung-Soo, what happened in those years between planetfall and him coming to the colony. There’s so many questions I can’t go into as well because it would ruin the quiet suspense this book provides.

It really is an intriguing read, and I definitely recommend it.


Buy Planetfall from Amazon UK.

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