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5 Small Stars

Wow! I almost forgot to get this book reviewed. I know I finished it a few days ago, but I didn’t make a note to do the review so here goes.

I think I’ve figured out where this is going. These stories are going to tie-in with Jasper T. Scott’s Dark Space series which I’ve read a while back. I think all of this is stuff that happened before Dark Space so it’s kind of an explanation of how humanity got to where they are, hiding out in the far reaches of space trying to avoid the “Entity”.

In this book, we get to read about Catalina (Caty) and Alexander De Leon as they set out on what’s supposed to be Earth’s first colony ship, the Liberty, to a very far star, Proxima Centauri. They will begin new careers along the way and then help setup and run the new colony on Proxima Centauri. They and all the passengers are trying to get away from the overcrowded Earth with it’s masses of androids. The androids have almost taken over the planet leaving humans with very little to do. But that doesn’t mean humans have everything they want, far from it. They need some reason to live and the androids are taking it from them. After all, humans are now immortal and will live for a very, very long time. They don’t like the idea of having to compete with androids for all that time.

The androids are also leaving in a ship, the Avilon. They are going to Wolf 1061, a much further trip. Yet, not all the androids are leaving Earth. Only enough to start a new colony and then spread throughout the galaxy.

At some point it’s believed the humans and androids will become involved in a war. This war could result in the extinction of one or the other. Right now, humanity has to get their own colony started and up to speed or they will quickly become the losers in such a war.

The story flows pretty well. But, it’s certainly not like I’ve just described. Things change quickly and in a big way. I won’t spoil it here, but Catalina and Alexander’s desire to peacefully go somewhere and start over doesn’t quite happen the way they wanted. Alexander dies and Catalina finds out she’s not who she thought she was. But, both are around at the end of the book so there is more to come. Now you get to figure that out.

Unfortunately, the next book in this series is “Dark Space: Avilon” which I read and reviewed sometime in July of 2015. So, this book ties into that series and kind of explains a few things although Dark Space happens thousands of years after “Exodus”. Kind of a strange way to write a series!

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