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Foreign Land is the first book in This Foreign Universe series by J.S. Sherwood. Chief Farmer Smith's attempts to colonize the planet of Aethera are off to a disastrous start when their ship blows up unexpectedly while entering the atmosphere, leading to the deaths of hundreds, including his wife, Evalee. Smith must now lead the survivors while dealing with an unknown creature on a hostile planet. Meanwhile, aboard the Ship of Nations, Smith's apprentice, Tashon, finds himself battling a radical group hell-bent on eradicating the human race. While attempting a rescue mission for the Colony Six survivors, Tashon and his crew unwittingly unleash an interdimensional monster on Aethera. Tashon, Smith, and a few other survivors must now put up a last stand to secure the future of the human race.
With an intricate and fast-moving plot, author J.S. Sherwood crafts an enthralling sci-fi survival tale that will ignite your imagination and take you on a wild rollercoaster through the cosmos. The premise is authentic and uniquely creative, providing the narrative with a sense of wonder and awe that makes it thoroughly entertaining to read. The characters are well-realized, with backstories that add an extra layer of depth to their personalities. The worldbuilding was particularly impressive to me, as it seamlessly incorporated some advanced theoretical concepts, which I found utterly captivating. Additionally, the unpredictable plot provides plenty of thrilling moments to keep you on edge. If you enjoy well-written sci-fi stories that push the boundaries of your imagination, check out Foreign Land from This Foreign Universe series.