Following the ITUIP (Interstellar Trade Union of Independent Planets) Protocol, ships are restricted to observe and maintain a hands-off policy for these rogue planets, even when there is great temptation to intervene. Eden, where a theocracy rules with an iron fist, is such a planet. A group of rebels struggles to end the oppressive regime to forge a new future.
Set in the same universe as the "Chaos Chronicles Trilogy" and the Dr. Carlos stories, this saga, mixing the best of hard sci-fi and swashbuckling fantasy, once again explores the never-ending battle between good and evil so prominent in the author's works. It's another surprising and entertaining addition to his already extensive collection of sci-fi, mystery, and thriller tales.
What reviewers said about some of Steve's previous sci-fi books:
Survivors of the Chaos: "...Moore has a way of describing his characters that really makes them come to life.... Through some pretty varied characters, you get to see the vast and detailed setting that the author envisioned, sometimes through some pretty unexpected plot twists."-Kellie Sheridan, Sift Book Reviews
More than Human: The Mensa Contagion: "...kept me turning pages after I should have put the book down.... I found the characters well developed and the plot fresh. I was reminded of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy."-Debra Miller, Amazon reviewer
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Reviewed by Sherri Fulmer Moorer for Readers' Favorite Rogue Planet by Steven M. Moore gives us a glimpse of an Eden that is more violent than the paradise we typically associate with the name. Welcome to a universe where humanity has spread to outlying planets, losing touch with Earth as they meet other species. One of these worlds is Eden, so named for its perfect environment, but unfortunately the people have made their society the exact opposite under an oppressive theocracy. The planet now finds itself in a civil war when a species they rescued from another dying planet have taken over the world, and cruelly subjected the first inhabitants of the planet to death or slavery. In this turmoil we meet groups of outlying tribes who, united under the last surviving son of a previous monarch ruthlessly murdered in the takeover, strive to take back control of their planet and join the Interstellar Trade Union of Independent Planets to prevent the savage lifestyle from continuing to plague their world. Rogue Planet is a well plotted and well paced novel that gives you a glimpse into a larger universe, filled with unique beings. It's amazing to see how humanity is able to both thrive and struggle away from their home planet, as they learn to work with other species to form a peaceful galaxy, yet are still challenged by pockets of resistance or turmoil on other, more remote planets, such as Eden. Steven M. Moore does a great job with balancing both the good and bad aspects of humanity, and showing how it can work out for good or ill, depending on the intent and will of the people. I did enjoy this book and the new galaxy it opens up to readers, although I do wish there had been more ties to Earth throughout the plot. It is a good read, though, and very well written.