Paradise Earth

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Paradise Earth

Paradise Earth

Adam is one of the few humans left, trying to repair the Earth after a devastating war laid it waste. He falls for Evan, a shape-changing alien who is hoping to get the planet fixed soon so he can go home to Mars. However, when an asteroid strikes, they find themselves alone on a remote island with no rescue in sight for the next seven years. That's the point where they decide to mate and fill the barren world with their own half-human, half-shape-shifted-animal children. But away on the distant mainland another marooned genetic engineer is also creating his own army of creatures, and he wants to use them to rule the world.

Frankly, this is the most bizarre thing I've ever read. I commend it for its ambition, but I don't think it manages to live up to its epic premises. The blend of galaxy spanning SF and homoerotic fiction just doesn't seem to gel, leaving the sex scenes feeling like intrusions into a completely different story which might have been more effective without them. I felt at several points that some heavy-handed 'message' was attempting to be got across, but I never quite pinned down what it was - unless it was 'don't blow up your planet, it isn't a good idea'. Equally, I found the Biblical parallels amusing at first but then too unsubtle and repetitive. For my money, I felt that the author could not rise to the challenge of the world-spanning war she had created, leaving it very hard to suspend disbelief. And... well, if you can find Evan sexy after frequent description of his double eyelids, hackles, shape-shifting hermaphrodite egg bearing and prehensile second prick which doubles as a mind probe antenna - you're a better man than me!

Book Blurb for Paradise Earth

Planet Earth is failing. Global warfare and asteroid bombardment have left the planet devastated. perhaps beyond repair. Now a small group of terra-formers have just seven years to rebuild Earth's ecosystems. Failure means exclusion from the Federation; without the Federation's assistance Earth is condemned to death.

Adam, an Earth biologist, and Evan, a scientist from the Mars Colony, find it impossible to resist the passion that draws them together despite prejudices and mutual mistrust. When a new asteroid strike leaves them stranded -- with Earth's hope for the future resting on their shoulders -- they find themselves fighting for their lives and the life of an entire planet.

A science fiction thriller and a tender love story, Paradise Earth is an epic story of apocalypse and rebirth.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2007 2.50