Harvest by [Werby, Olga]

Harvest by Olga Werby is an imaginative and disturbing intergalactic science fiction novel. It is about Dr. Varsaad Volhard, a socio-historian who is given the responsibility of initiating contact and trying to understand the artifact found on a strange new planet. This task is handed to her by the Earth Planetary Space Agency which she has always considered in high regard. She understands the burden of this task and charges on undaunted. However, at the same time, her father, Dr. Matteo Volhard makes an unnerving discovery which could have an impact on her work and possibly the whole planet. There appears to be an uncanny connection between the work of both father and daughter. It’s a race against time and threatening mysteries as they try to figure out how to save humanity before it is too late.

The story begins with a ‘ProLog’ where we find that a man’s exoskeleton equipment is failing, Iron Man style. It’s an intense and frantic description of a man vs technology conflict. Add to this a Martian landscape; it was definitely an exciting if jarring start.

The story continues in the adrenaline-fueled manner of the beginning, expecting the reader to keep up with all the sudden twists and turns, and the totally new technology. Although a lot of technical terminology is thrown around, it is rarely confusing. This is because the author has a way of cutting straight to the point- lending to a perfectly paced narrative. All this is done without compromising the humanity of the story. The story is interspersed with gorgeous and detailed sketches of the characters and technology. It complements the narrative perfectly and makes it an engaging read. The characters are well-rounded. Both Matteo and Varsaad are far from perfect people. They deal with their surroundings and situation to the best of their ability and often experience very human flaws and emotions.

I was also surprised by the level of knowledge and detail displayed in the story. Everything from planetary positions to ship design- it was clear that the author knew what she was talking about. It felt almost educational at points, but in the best way possible. It is a creepy tale without being dystopian- as it manages to strike the right balance between realistic fears and imaginative crises.

It’s a great read, so much so that it transcends the nature of its genre. All the elements of a well-told story are present and make for an enthralling adventure.

Pages: 420 | ASIN:  B07R8HGKWN

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