Title: Return to Earth
Genre(s): Science fiction; Fantasy; Time travel; First contact
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Review: Aithal delivered another intriguing installment of The Galaxy Series with Return to Earth. This book continues the journey, but on an Earth that is riddled with devastation, torment, and despair. This novel paints a picture of what Aithal believes could occur in future years if humanity continues to destroy itself and its habitable planet. Again, I think that the concept of this series is very interesting and it seems to reflect the author's passion for critical thinking when it comes to human introspection, as well as care of the environment. However, there were times when I felt I was reading someone's tirade regarding their personal views instead of a science fiction novel. I think that Aithal's points would have been established just through the basis of the plot, therefore making the long dialogue unnecessary. The writing of this novel was easier for me to digest than the first installment, therefore I found this one to be a quicker read. Although there was still too much focus on setting details that became repetitive, the character and plot development for this book seemed more developed than the first one. Overall, I enjoyed this book as a quick read despite some of the perceived flaws. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a passionate story-line regarding global concepts that all humans and our planet face.
Book Description: "After their shuttle meeting with an accident and accidentally landing on a strange planet, the three astronauts return to Earth with the help of the aliens. However, they end up returning in the wrong time—in the future. What they experience truly shocks them. They return to a time when separation, division, and hatred rules. Indeed, they return to Earth. But is it really home? What has happened to their beloved planet? And what has happened to their country, the most powerful nation on Earth? Is it still the most powerful country on Earth? Whose doing is it? In a place where a human sees and treats a fellow human defines his existence. In a time when survival is the most important thing, the human spirit of endurance and sharing shows how life can be when things become dire. In this second book of The Galaxy Series, join the adventures of the three astronauts and an alien on Earth. Take an emotional rollercoaster ride as they travel through America, see what they see and ask yourself—‘is this what I want to leave my next generation?’"