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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite
Colonizing Trappist by Chris Shockowitz is the first book in an epic science fiction saga called The Outward Bound trilogy. It chronicles the human colonization of a planet in the Trappist star system situated many light years from Earth. The forward party, headed up by the very capable Commander Eugene Hamilton, arrives in a ship called the Exo-1. They have only four months to decide which planet to inhabit and to prepare for the 5000 human colonists who are already on their way in a ship called Atlantis. Unfortunately, when Hamilton and his crew arrive, they find others have already made the star system their home. However, this new alien civilization known as the Marzon has been wiped out by another more aggressive race. Hamilton finds cities devastated by war and a number of warmongering wolf-like robots guarding the place.
Chris Shockowitz writes a well-crafted novel detailing the trials and tribulations of a new colony in the making, including the realistic portrayal of the human condition. I loved the action and adventure early on when Commander Hamilton was forced to wipe out the wolf-like robots. An air of mystery surrounds the friendly and not so friendly aliens they encounter during their mission. It is exciting to anticipate exactly how the relationship with all the different species will pan out. I loved the way the colony ship was designed, an entire city built around thousands of people sleeping in suspended animation. Colonizing Trappist is a solid science fiction novel with a lot of scope in the story line and I very much look forward to the next book in the series.