The aftermath of nuclear war has left the earth colder, darker, and nearly barren. Billions have died. Some believe the earth is slowly dying, and the human race along with it. An international alliance calling itself the Consortium begins work on a project to terraform and colonize a distant planet called Gaia. The planet will become humanity’s new home. They build the Ark, an enormous starship capable of transporting thousands of colonists to the new planet. For the first time since the war, many are optimistic about the future.
Until something goes wrong: the Ark never reaches Gaia.
Molecular Biologist Becca Newman is devastated at the news of the Ark’s demise. Her brother Alex was among the colonists. He is presumed dead along with the last hope for humanity’s survival.
Fourteen years later, she learns that the Ark somehow succeeded in its mission, and there is a thriving colony on Gaia. She joins an expedition to learn the progress of the colony and to learn what happened to the Ark. Upon their arrival, Becca and Alex are reunited but the other visitors from Earth are not welcome. She soon learns about the inhumane cruelty of the Consortium, the violent insurrection, and a separatist plot spawned before the Ark was even built.
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About the Author
I was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois. During high school I started writing science fiction and fantasy stories but never tried to have them published. In college I became deeply interested in philosophy, religion, and government which led me to attend law school. After graduating from law school I decided to start writing again incorporating what I had studied in college and law school. Only this time I wanted to do a full-length novel and get it published. In late 2011 I finished the manuscript for The Fifth World and got it published on May 26, 2012. It is the first of what I hope to be many science fiction novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Fifth World Jacob Foxx 5 stars A well-thought-out and well-articulated combination of futuristic speculative and science fiction, “The Fifth World” begins with the Hopi explanation of the five worlds in which humans have lived since creation by the spirits, and then leaps immediately into the chaotic and uproarious 22rd century, an era of space travel and potential off-planet colonization. But this novel goes much deeper than simply explaining faster-than-light travel. It is philosophical, metaphysical, spiritual in that it examines tenets of many faiths, scientific; and it is also a novel of character. I’d be hard pressed to select the main characters; both planet Earth and the newly-colonized planet, Gaia, in another solar system, are characters in their own right. So are the spaceships: the Ark, the Mayflower, the Atlantis, the Prophet. Important also are terraforming scientist Becca Newman; her brother Alex of the U.S. Department of Justice and among the first group of colonists to Gaia; Marissa du Preece, formerly Alex’s professional protégé and fourteen years later the Ambassador to the Terran Federation; and many others, including Brazilian scientist Felix and Iranian scientist Khalid, both astrophysicists. There are layers and layers of characters, layers upon layers of politics, economics, society, cultures. I found this an exceptional novel and was very glad for the opportunity to read it. I was provided an ebook copy by the author via NetGalley in return for my fair and impartial review.