by Rob Boffard
The final part of Rob Boffard’s “Outer Earth” trilogy packs just as munch punch as the previous two books. Impact picks up the story immediately after Zero-G’s cliff-hanger ending, with our hero, Riley Hale and he companions drifting away from the Outer Earth space station.
The bulk of the action in the final instalment takes place on a cold and almost barren Earth. Raveg by a nuclear holocaust, the whole planet is swathed in an eternal winter; except for one area centred on Anchorage, where things have started to change.
The pace of Impact is relentless, and the body count just as high as in the previous two books. But now Riley is no longer trying to save the station – that is beyond saving now – this time she is after revenge. There is definitely going to be reckoning, and she knows who is going to come out on top. She also needs to decide who she wants to be with.
Back on Outer Earth things are going from bad to worse. The damage inflicted by the fire fight at the end of the second book has forced the remaining residents into the lonely intact section of the station, but time is running out and there are not enough escape pods for everyone. Who lives and who dies is to be decided by lottery.
The race to escape the station and Riley’s personal race for revenge and answers can only be won by the kind of daredevil escapades that have become the hallmark of this series. If you like your thrillers full of action then this is definitely a must. A great read that kept me hooked from the very beginning to the climactic end.
by Rob Boffard
This is the second part of Rob Boffard’s debut Outer Earth trilogy. In the first book (Tracer) we were introduced to the Outer Earth space station and the storey’s central character, Riley Hale, the tough, independent and resourceful Tracer.
Whilst I was convinced by the first book of Rob Boffard’s skills as a storyteller, I was a little concerned that the pace and intensity might be slowed down a little. I needn’t have worried. Picking up the story six months after the events if Tracer, Zero-G starts on a high with a hostage situation that tests Riley to the limit, and it doesn’t let up until the cliff-hanger ending 450 pages later.
Riley is now a “stomper” – part of the stations security force and her team get embroiled in a conspiracy that ponce again threatens the future of then whole station, where personal animosities become a danger to everyone.
Riley once again finds herself having to make impossibly tough decisions, but her resourcefulness may be the only hope the residents of humanity’s last outpost have to survive.
Outer Earth is not just any orbiting space station. It is the home of the last of humanity after a cataclysmic nuclear war made Earth itself uninhabitable and wiped out all life on Earth. Or did it?
But it is not just the relentless pace that keeps the reader gripped. Rob Boffard’s characters are both larger than life but also comfortingly vulnerable. Each is faced with conflicting loyalties, their decisions impacting on the lives of those closest to them. As Riley Hale is the driving force behind the plot twists and turns, she is not the only one who’s actions ricochet through the station’s population. Greed for power, desperation over resources and blind revenge all play their part on bringing Outer Earth to the very edge of destruction.
I was as gripped by the story as I was by the first. The dual narrative works well and I love the mix of thriller and science fiction.
by Rob Boffard
Rob Boffard’s debut novel is a fast, action packed thriller set on a space station orbiting the Earth. With a population of over a million it is mankind’s home, as the Earth itself lies ravaged from nuclear war.
Riley Hale is a tracer – a kind of courier people hire to get goods from one part of the huge space station to another. She makes her living from being able to out run the opposition, but one day all that changes and she must now outrun everyone just to stay alive.
And just like its main character, the story moves at a great pace. There is a real intensity to the story and plenty of unexpected twists and turns as our hero becomes embroiled in a plot to destroy humanities last home.
Told with a mix of their and first person with Riley telling her story whilst allowing the reader a glimpse of events she herself doesn’t see. It gives you a greater understanding of the whole plot, a device I have only come across a few times.
I must admit that when I started the book I felt it has more than a passing resemblance to Kass Morgan’s “The 100” series, but this is only superficial. I really enjoyed Tracer. It has a pace and intensity that is rare in science fiction. Rob has created a powerful and, most importantly, likeable character in Riley Hale. I hope her next outing – Zero-G – is just as good.