A Distant Earth


Fiction - Science Fiction
123 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2022
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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite

A Distant Earth by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira is an imaginative look at a world visited by aliens. People are divided into multiple factions, some for the message the alien people deliver and some against it. And still, other factions operate with their own hidden agendas. From the beginning, the various sides and perspectives are made clear, creating intrigue and mystery for the reader to enjoy. The main alien characters, Atticus and Faith, seem like nice beings with wholesome motives. But, each person and group they encounter must decide for themselves what to believe. Tables are turned in the most surprising of ways as the full capabilities of the aliens are manifested. Ancient traditions are challenged, and youthful energy is swayed both for and against the aliens’ cause. In the end, our planet will be directly impacted by the decision of the people involved in deciding the fate of the visiting alien couple.

A Distant Earth by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira provides an interesting plot for readers to experience by presenting the possibility of advanced, friendly aliens who desire to help humans start afresh on a distant planet. The primary problem the aliens face is convincing the humans of their cause. I enjoyed the themes of conflict, abuse of earth’s resources, and the extremist views of the anti-alien groups that are explored in this story. Every chapter served the plot well and every character felt real and believable. The authors do an excellent job of presenting plausible motives and beliefs of the various groups and people in the book and bringing a satisfying conclusion in the end.

Pikasho Deka

A Distant Earth is a sci-fi political satire written by Nick Iuppa. A flying saucer filled with extraterrestrials lands on a Southern California beach. Former Senator Will Brennan's humdrum life turns upside down when a man named Atticus and his wife Faith Morrow seek his help in negotiating with the Tribal Council near Tucson. As Will later finds out, Faith is the Commander of the alien spaceship Polaris, here on Earth to convince a portion of the human population to move to a distant Earth-like planet and spread their art and culture. However, not everyone is enamored with Faith and her fellow aliens. A radical right-wing propagandist named Bram Roberts Trenchant, a climate change denier, is hell-bent on spreading disinformation and agitates his followers against Faith, taking extreme measures to stop her.

A timely satire that mirrors the current political climate of the United States, A Distant Earth is entertaining from start to finish. Author Nick Iuppa crafts an absorbing tale about extraterrestrials having to navigate the political landscape in order to acquire humanity's help to civilize a distant Earth-like planet. The plot is fast-paced and filled with quirky and colorful characters that pop out of the page. Bram Roberts Trenchant, especially, reminds you of a certain former US President. Jimmy and Will have likable personalities, and you can't help but root for them. I also found myself invested in Maddie's character arc, her moral dilemma of being trapped between her conscience and surrounding environment will resonate with a lot of readers. If satire with a sci-fi touch interests you, I highly recommend A Distant Earth.