In Burning Paradise Earth – or at least a few clever scientists – faces the alien menace: the radiosphere is a giant extraterrestrial colony that behaves like a hive; during 2007 lots of scientists studying it were killed by the simulacra, alien emanations in human form.
Years after that massacre the novel follows two narrative lines: on one hand Cassie, her brother Thomas, Leo and Beth running away from their homes after spotting out a simulacra and on the other one Cassie’s uncles, Nerissa and Ethan, in search of their nephews and of the most updated scientist concerning the alien presence in the radiosphere.
The novel is very fast paced, unfortunately concerning the science fiction elements there are some weak points; the fact that almost no one, since 2007, had made hypothesis on how the aliens create the human simulacra (if the reader knows about science fiction a couple of ideas may come to him), moreover it’s not clear why a war between two alien colonies have to include human beings.
Concerning the plot the ending is quite foreseeable – when it’s clear how the simulacra appear it’s normal to start searching them – and not coherent with the premises about characters and the colony’s way of behaving.
There is a lot of action, but from a good science fiction novel I expect something more.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson ★★☆☆☆
*I read this book in English