Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book Review: Offworld

Title: Offworld by Robin Parrish
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 368 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Christian
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Library
Goodreads Summary: Every Person on This Planet Has Disappeared.

Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity's greatest explorers. They've finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home. But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth. Everyone...everywhere...is gone. It's not a dream. It's not a trick. Now Burke and his team have one mission: find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.
If you have not watched the new shows on the Syfy Channel, you really should check it out. Their old movies and series were cheesy, but the new shows are really entertaining and well done. Offworld reads very much like one of the newer shows on SyFy. Its action packed and the mystery behind the disappearances keeps you reading.

I did find the characters a bit underdeveloped. Since the astronauts are trained soldiers, they handled coming back to an empty world well on the outside, internalizing their fears instead. It is hard to get to know characters when they are putting on a brave front so no one will see how messed up they really are. I liked Terry, one of the crew members, the most. His sarcasm was funny and I could identify with his freakouts at being one of the only people left on Earth.

There are some good twists at the end of the book that I did not see coming. Overall, this is a decent read. The Christian aspects of the book are not overwhelming or preachy. Offworld is primarily a science fiction novel and can be enjoyed by anyone as such.

Content: Violence


rhonda1111 said...

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Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Hmm...I'm not sure if this one is for me. The premise sounds interesting but there is something about it that seems eerie. I'm easily scared ;)

kaye (paper reader) said...

I know I'm somewhat off-topic, but I've been a little angry with the Sci-Fi Channel (I'm loathe to call it SyFy) since their abrupt cancelation of Farscape, although they made some of it up with BSG. That said, it kind of reminds me of Event Horizon meets Moon.

I might have to try it out!

Truly Bookish said...

Alexis, it was a bit eerie, which I didn't mind but I know that's not for everyone.

LOL Kaye! I not a fan of the SyFy spelling either and I LOVED Farscape. While I have not watched Battlestar Galactica, I started watching Alphas and like it a lot.


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