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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Exo Project

The Earth is dying.

The average daytime temperature is 120 degrees.  Crops are dying, animals are starving, water is drying up and soon the Earth will be a dry desert wasteland.

Mankind is barely hanging on.  Millions of people are dying from the sun’s radiation and those that do survive are forced to wear protective suits to stave off the heat.

Before long mankind will cease to exist.

But, there is hope: the stars.

A large fleet of spacecraft has been prepared to send hundreds-thousands of people to the stars in search of habitable planets.

Although faster than light speeds have been obtained it will take at least 100 years to reach what is hoped to be an earth-like planet capable of sustaining human life.

As the air grows increasingly stale and food and water diminish a brave group of volunteers prepare to go into suspended animation in the desperate attempt to wake up on a new world and thus save mankind.

There are no guarantees and it is certain a large portion of the volunteers will die.

In ‘The Exo Project’ by author Andrew Deyoung and published by Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, seventeen year old Matthew must make the hardest decision of his young life.

Several years previously Matthew’s father died leaving his mother,
younger sister and Matthew to fend for themselves.

When Matthew’s mother contracts cancer and must be put in suspended animation until a cure is found Matthew decides to volunteer for the one way trip to the stars in order to get the money to cure his mother.

He is chosen, leaving his mother, sister and his home behind him.  Or so he assumed.

Meanwhile on a distant planet a young alien girl (Kiva) experiences a vision of visitors from space.

Are the fates and lives of Matthew and the girl intertwined?

Are things are as they appear?  What of ‘The Exo Project’?

When Matthew and Kiva meet what will become of their lives and their worlds!

‘The Exo Project’ surprised me.  The end of mankind is no new concept or fodder for literature.

But, author Andrew Deyoung managed to take what would appear to be a cut and dry ‘end of times’ story and throws in a number of surprises for a remarkably fresh perspective.