"Strong science fiction thriller"
The genetically enhanced humans aboard the starship the
Colony look down upon those they perceive as genetically
inferior humans. The elders refuse to let anyone leave the
ship because the nuclear ravaged planet is filled with
mutants, feral humans, plagues and viruses that kills most
people before they reach their mid-twenties. Welkin used to
be afraid of the Earthborn until he was sent on a suicide
mission and adopted into a civilized group of humans headed
When the Family catches a scout from the colony, they learn
that the elders are planning an attack on the Earthborn
that would leave the planet in the hands of the Skyborn.
Welkin, Sarah and a few others infiltrate the ship and
learn that there are divisions in the ship and the elders
no longer are in total control as they once were. The
infiltrators plan to find out just how the colony plans to
exterminate the Earthborn and stop them if they can but
they will soon find that humanity has an enemy more
dangerous than anything on earth.
Australian author Paul Collins has written an exciting and
entertaining work that takes place two years after the
events in THE EARTHBORN. During that time Welkin and his
family has found a place to live in a civilized and self
sustaining manner despite periodic attacks from the ferals,
mutants and members of the colony. There is plenty of
action in this science fiction thriller that is coined for
young adults but will also be enjoyed by older readers.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted October 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2007