The Dark ColonyThe Dark Colony by Richard Penn
Genres: Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction
Published on June 26th 2014

Lisa liked a quiet, straightforward life in the space station at Terpsichore. Used to handling drunks and other minor skirmishes, she is not expecting any surprises. But when sent to investigate a free floating object in the hold, she finds herself drawn into solving a mystery and leading a team to a secret colony where women and children are kept as slaves. This is hard science fiction, set in the near future, where space travel is difficult and takes many months. Colonists invent and build their own equipment from local materials. While truly isolated, they are part of a movement aiming to create thousands of independent communities throughout the Belt.

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Now this is my sort of book – thrown into a strange environment (which in this case is a colony in space) and made to feel as if the writer is discussing an environment that’s as familiar as the village park. The writing is very matter-of-fact as it takes the reader on a tour of the premises. Led by the protagonist, the world is described to the reader through a series of events. Back story is brief and told through the voice of the narration, as for the grammar – well, I didn’t find a single typo in the first couple of chapters, which is really unusual for an independently published book.

This book is hard sci-fi, so it does contain a lot of detail, so if you’re looking for an easy read, this isn’t the book for you. That isn’t to say its hard to read because it’s not. I love books where the clues are laid down like breadcrumbs, ready for me to process and collate to make my own conclusions.

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