Two hundred years in the future, our first major human colony on Mars, the Zephyria Planum Research Station, is suffering. The inhabitants have rapidly dwindling rations and medical supplies, and are prohibited from returning to Earth. A handful of officers can only think of one final, last-ditch effort to get what they need simply to survive, but it requires them to break every sacred oath they ever took.
Sakharov Station, in orbit between Earth and Mars, find themselves between a rock and a hard place when the World Government collapses, and the more powerful space-faring nations of Earth start grappling for possession of Sakharov Station’s deadly contents the personnel were sent to dispose of.
Can the two outlying bastions of humanity join forces and survive, or will each step bring them closer to their own doom?
Imagine a book where when you read it, the scenes play out in your mind like a movie. This is that book!
The Mutineers is a story set in the not so distant future with the first colonization of Mars. The initial setup of the story is one that is not far-fetched with the current rise of technology and the current direction of humankind. The story follows the lives of those on both the Mars colony named Zephyria Planum Research Station and the space station named the Sakharov station as well as several key individuals of the world government back on Earth. When the world government back on Earth begins to crumble, it is easy to overlook the little colony on Mars and focus on the Nuclear weaponry located on the Sakharov Station.
The author does an amazing job in showing the inner demons of the characters as well as great character development throughout the book. Although the reader understands the lives of those stationed on the Mars colony is less than ideal, it is not until deeper into the book that the reader understands the horrible sentence that these individuals have been dealt since the privatization of the research funds limit what resources are available to the distant station. Suddenly understanding that there is a limited ration of water, food and even ability to clean uniforms puts the world of the characters into perspective.
The difficult decisions that the characters must make along with the repercussions that follow are real and draw the reader in to understand the dynamic that unfolds. The author works with an understanding of astronomy, space travel and the physics and dangers involved with living off-plant. The descriptions are strong and the character development is great. From understanding the PTSD that the characters have been dealing with to the understanding that the characters may never be able to return to normal life is a great undertaking that is handled with precision.
The story is strong and reads as though the reader is watching a movie. The only drawback is some very minor editing errors. I found the main story line strong and very believable. The characters were very likable and fully realized. The overall incorporation of the various overlapping story lines, from the Mars colony to the Sakharov Station, blend seamlessly and show great a great writing style. The ending ended where it should, it did not run short and was not strung out longer than it should.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Mutineers, you won’t be disappointed! I know that I will definitely be looking for other books by this author!