This novel is set in the far future when earth's millions are desperate for a new start off the overcrowded homeworld. Terraforming has provided the new worlds needed - then disaster strikes. An alien life form, the quill, somehow takes over the new worlds and makes them uninhabitable and earth is ruthless in quarantining earth from it's influence by preventing immigrants from returning home.
A generation later, the descendants of those who tried to immigrate are still stranded on obselete and decaying space stations. Aaron Pardell is one of those people, and unknown even to himself he is the only person to have gone to one of the infected worlds and lived afterwards.
I like books that take place in space most of the time, this is one of them, interesting lives they live and the storyline is ok, but the twists and plots are pretty cool, was a little disappointed by the end but a fun read
Not my favorite by her but still good.
First contact novel . . . sorta . . .
When humans first set out to explore the universe, they found a number of planets suitable for terraforming. So terraform these several planets they did, nearly bankrupting Earth. But then, with Earth's hopeful colonists moving up to the way station space habitats 'till they were near bursting at the seams, terrible news came back from the outworlds.
Something had gone wrong with the terraforming process, and instead of bright, new planets ready for Earthmen to move in, all these new planets hosted something (nobody knew what) that killed humans the minute they landed and set foot outside the colony ships.
Lest this enigmatic killer (nicknamed the Quill) should come back to devastate Earth itself, no one who'd been out in space was allowed back to the solar system---leaving millions of hopeful colonists with no place to go---stuck between killer planets, Earth refusing to let them go home and the space stations increasingly unable to feed them.
I thought this book was good, it took a couple of chapters to get into, but when I did finally get into it, I couldn't put it down!
An interesting concept that is well plotted, this book develops nicely but somehow left me a bit wanting. The characterization was well done, however, and I was moved to order three more of her books. Recommended.