Exploring the Colony Ship: After Recovery : Colony Ship Eschaton

  • by John Thornton
  • Narrated by Alexander Doddy
  • Series: Colony Ship Eschaton
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Earth is a dry, dead, wasteland. The last place livable was Dome 17, but it was failing. Those people made a last ditch effort to survive. Though a bold and daring plan, they were able to reach what seems to be a derelict colony ship, The Eschaton, which is in mid-flight. (Please see book one, Recovery of a Colony Ship).
The Eschaton had been designed to hold numerous and diverse immense biological habitats: flora, fauna, and everything needed to terraform a new world. It also carried thousands of people in suspended animation. The ship was designed to be tended by crews who would live out their lives in the journey between worlds. That journey would only be completed after several generations had lived and died while in transit. That was the plan. But something happened. The people from Dome 17 have reached The Eschaton, but what will they find in those habitats? What systems are still functioning? Did any of the crew survive? What lurks deep in the bowels of a colony ship? Jamie and Michael will seek to unravel these mysteries, and survive, as they explore the Colony Ship.

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Are you ready for the adventure.

Settling in to a new life on the colony ship Eschaton is proving difficult for some of the Dome 17 survivors, especially as the data sticks containing all of their knowledge and history won't work. And they are thought stupid and not always trusted by the established inhabitants. So plans to explore are initiated by Jamie and Michael, who alone of the incomers are hailed as heroes, and help to unlock the data sticks sends Regina in search of the main computer.

Although standalone, it is definitely recommended that book one is read before After Recovery to understand the full culture clash felt by the new arrivals. There are nice observations, too, of life that we fail to see as the marvels that they are because of their, to us, familiarity. A fair amount of action, too, with old encounters and new experiences. Overall, it is a good follow on from Book One although this reader has found the Eschaton stories the weakest of the Colony Ship books by John Thornton and more suited to younger readers.

This 'not really for adults' feel to the two Eschaton books is increased by the narrator, Andrew Doddy. Throughout, his reading is bright and perky, in a style designed to keep the story upbeat for younger listeners. Unfortunately, this also has the effect of dampening down much of the intrinsic tension, putting it more on the level of Winnie the Pooh despite the sometimes violent happenings. A very different feel to that of the other Colony Ship books. However, Mr.Doddy's English accented voice is clear, with distinctive vocalisation for the various protagonists even if his strangely jaunty style does also suffer from oddly inexplicable pauses.

This is by far the weakest of the five Colony Ship books I have read so far and, unlike the others, I would be hesitant to recommend it.

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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-08-2017
  • Publisher: Automacube Enterprises LLC