Summary: Commander Christopher Burke is the first man to walk on Mars, and the mission is a success despite the unexplained 18 hours he went missing. But when his crew returns to Earth, something's wrong.
Everyone is gone.
Review: Offworld is an adult novel set in the future. The action is intense (as anyone could guess from the summary). In fact, even though this is an adult novel, Offworld could quite easily overlap into the YA section. The writing is simplistic, the dialogue clever, the premise interesting. I really can not say enough for this book. The pages fly by.
There was no lag in the plot, which was a perfect example of moments of action interspersed with moments of calm, all under one big plot. The ending was, in a word, satisfactory. All is explained well enough, with a little room for our imagination.
The characters were well developed, each with their own personality. A nice addition to a clever plot.
On the negative side, I expected an adult novel to have a more developed sentence structure and a wider vocabulary besides the big words here and there. Parrish quite obviously can write, but I see his writing as more of a YA fit. There are cheesy moments, and the obvious love triangle/unattainable love/happy ending love. But really, it doesn't make the book bad.
People will enjoy this book. It's a nice crossover, has a great plot with a perfect resolution, doesn't drag, and is an easy read.
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Props to the cover designer. It's quite simply perfect. AND it's got this nice, soft paper, not that ugly shiny kind...