Blog Tour | The Planetsider #review

CoverSeveral generations after ‘The Fall’, the scattered clusters of civilisation that grew in its wake live in ignorance of the past. No-one wants to know what caused such devastation or why. No-one, except Ethan.

Ethan used to believe in the guardians; mysterious lights in the sky that, according to folklore, protect the survivors, so long as you believe in them. But the death of his parents shattered his faith and forged within him a hunger to know more. One night, a light grows brighter in the sky and crashes to the planet’s surface. Ethan then embarks on a heartbreaking journey in which harrowing discoveries unveil the secrets of the past, and place him at the centre of a deadly conflict.

Powerful, thought-provoking and emotionally absorbing, The Planetsider is a gripping, post-apocalyptic thriller that will keep you hooked until the very end.

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I have to admit that for the first few chapters I found this book really slow, something just wasn’t clicking and then suddenly I was gripped. It was strange I thought I wouldn’t click with the book at all and then I just couldn’t get enough.

This is the kind of story I love, a dystopian world where you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. What I loved the most though was the rich description, you could really feel the world come alive through the author’s words. There were a few things that went over my head but even if I wasn’t sure what a term meant there was enough in the story to give it context so I understood roughly what was being alluded to.

The contrast between the planet and the moon base was really interesting, I liked that even though the people on the planet were seen as more primitive they were in many ways more advanced. The plot is brilliantly weaved, sometimes with a story that has so many different elements I feel as if there’s always something that doesn’t get explained properly but I didn’t have any lingering questions so I think that’s a testament to how solid the writing is.

The characters were great, Ethan was my favourite I loved his wanderlust and how he handled himself when his world was completely changed. The only thing that kind of bugged me a little was how quickly his attraction to Maria turned into love, I can understand being drawn to someone and the pressure of such a situation heightening everything but I still think that them deciding that they loved each other without really knowing the other at all was a bit much for me.

The Planetsider is an impressive story that will have you transfixed until the end, I’m looking forward to seeing what the author come up with next.




G J Ogden studied Physics at UMIST, but spent more time writing for and later editing the University magazine, GRIP. This was the stepping stone into the first of his careers in IT journalism. He created and launched Custom PC magazine for Dennis Publishing Ltd, the most successful enthusiast PC magazine in the UK, before later moving into technology PR and marketing. A proud nerd and sci-fi geek, he has had a lifelong love of computers and technology. The Planetsider is his first novel.

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