Nomadplaneten by/av Emanuel Blume
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a sci-fi before, or at least not this -pure a sci-fi. This was exactly what I was anticipating – space ships, future setting and stuff going wrong. But what I didn’t anticipate was how much I would like it.
The story follows a group of scientists and their journey to a so called nomad planet – a planet that isn’t in orbit around a star, but travels through space alone. Earth is in chaos, climate change has seriously changed the conditions on our planet and the political climate is anything but good. That this mission is taking place is incredible in itself. It is try to get the world’s different countries to work together. After a shaky start with the realisation that one of the planned crew members is a terrorist they finally get going.
You get to see the whole journey unfold through the eyes of Jonathan Othiambo, a Swedish-Kenyan astrophysicist. He is thrown in as the replacement after the terrorist is exposed and even though he’s gone through some of the training he is new to the crew and the mission. Being quite a passive character he lets the reader see what happens at the same time as we read his thoughts.
The characters are a very mixed bunch, and you get to know all of them, both their strengths and their flaws. The dynamics in the group are understandable, especially as the situation gets tighter and the relationships more strained.
Over all the book was well written, there were a few mistakes that another read through could have prevented (repetition of words, words missing), but they were so minor I can ignore them. I liked how you felt the science behind everything concerning space travel, but the technical stuff was left out. This made it a very easy read and you don’t have to understand maths or physics to understand what was going on.
I also loved to read something in Swedish again! It’s been a while (few years…)
“Det är tidigt 2100-tal. Konflikter, global uppvärmning och ekonomiska kriser avlöser varandra, men när det ser som mörkast ut tänds en ny stjärna på himlen. Stjärnan visar sig vara en nomadplanet, en vandrande himlakropp på väg att korsa solsystemet. Kan en internationell rymdexpedition flytta fokus från eländet på jorden och ge nytt hopp till en splittrad mänsklighet?
När expeditionen ska lämna jorden visar sig en av besättningsmedlemmarna arbeta för en terrororganisation. Ersättare i sista stund blir Jonathan Othiambo, en svensk-kenyansk astrofysiker. Som ny i gruppen kastas han in i ett maktspel han inte förstår, där konflikter sjuder under ytan i den till synes välorganiserade besättningen.
Den nya planeten bjuder på vetenskapliga upptäckter som väcker förvirring, skräck och konspirationsteorier. När expeditionen tappar radiokontakten med jorden tvingas Jonathan välja sida.”