Portalsby Barry M Vass
In the year 2075, overpopulation has grown to unprecedented levels and unemployment is approaching 50%. Oil and most other natural resources on Earth are long gone, and forced colonization to other galaxies becomes the law of the land. In the midst of all this, a group of would-be prospectors crash-land on a distant planet, in another galaxy, and, with no real hope of… See more details below
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In the year 2075, overpopulation has grown to unprecedented levels and unemployment is approaching 50%. Oil and most other natural resources on Earth are long gone, and forced colonization to other galaxies becomes the law of the land. In the midst of all this, a group of would-be prospectors crash-land on a distant planet, in another galaxy, and, with no real hope of rescue, begin to explore their hostile new world. And what they find amazes them.
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This was very well written and had a great story. Definitely looking forward to the sequels release, hopefully sooner than later.
It’s bad enough that by the year 2075 overpopulation and the automization of most jobs has forced many earth residents to seek menial labor positions on other planets. However, things are about to get worse for Danny Jones and a small group of his fellow Colonial Work Force recruits when their passenger ship breaks down (most company equipment is in utter disrepair) and their escape pod brings them to a hostile planet. It seems to be a question of what will kill them first – the acid rain, vicious lion-squirrels, or their own incompetence. Things get interesting when one of the group members, Wendy, discovers an ancient alien ship on the planet that contains multiple portals that take them to different worlds. Danny, Wendy and their quickly-dwindling group of fellow survivors explore the alien technology even as they continue to face steep odds of survival. Portals sets readers up with an interesting plot. I was especially intrigued by the juxtaposition of the disintegrating human society that Danny and Wendy come from and the ghost of the ancient aliens that the book’s characters slowly uncover. It was interesting to follow the characters into the different worlds of the portals, never knowing what they were about to face (I can hardly imagine what the characters felt!) and to watch them guess at the intentions of a long-dead alien race based on the artifacts and technology they left behind. Author Barry M. Vass gives us a plot-driven story in Portals, but I felt it could have used a little more character depth. Though the book is written in first person from Danny’s point of view, I felt distant from him and the other characters. For those looking for a science fiction adventure, Portals won’t take you to a whole new world; it will take you all over the universe. (This book was provided by the author to Compulsion Reads for review.)
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite The year is 2075. Earth is far too crowded and jobs are almost non-existent so that people are forced to colonize other planets. The ship was an old rusty bucket, so it was no surprise when there was an accident. The escape pod drifted into the atmosphere of a beautiful planet; he skies were purple, the grass was green and the plants were yellow and red. But the beauty hid the hostile aspects; in less than 48 hours three of the colonists were dead. The rain was toxic, the water supply on board the ship should last 6 weeks if they were careful, and there were enough redi-meals to last a year. The ship sent to rescue them had “trouble,” bringing another death. While exploring the planet they discovered a buried spaceship; they did not recognize the symbols or words on it. The discovery led to a portal that could transport them to other planets. Could this be their salvation? What creatures would they encounter as they searched for a new home? Barry M. Vass has created an adventure that will take the reader on a journey of exploration that will challenge their imagination. The conditions on earth seem plausible; however, the discovery of the portal seemed a little too pat. To some degree I was reminded of the original 'Star Trek' series. In that series the crew explored galaxies and planets encountering unique species of life often with great intelligence than earthlings. I particularly enjoyed that aspect of this tale. The book courageously explores the unknown, willingly meeting or observing the inhabitants of other worlds.