Freesun's Rescue

The Sunterria Series; Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
359 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Freesun's Rescue is the first book in The Sunterria Series by Michael A Gaughan. It is the year 2155 and Earth is no longer habitable. With its natural resources depleted and its core damaged beyond any repair, the humans had to look for other planets where they could flourish, but soon even those places were overpopulated. Under such circumstances, Ryan knew that his life is never going to be easy. He may be just a teenager, but even he knows that things are not going to be easy for him or his fellow human beings. Everything is so simple, yet it becomes abundantly complicated when he encounters Ribera who is badly injured and needs medical attention. The only problem is, they don’t know who he is and where he came from. This is the start of Ryan’s journey as he finds out that by saving one life, he is putting himself forward to save the rest of the human race as well. So much pressure has been put on Ryan’s shoulders and he must find a way to cope with it and save everyone along with himself.

Fast-paced, action-packed and filled with amazing adventures, this is a story that had me hooked the moment I read the prologue. Ryan is such a mature yet vulnerable character, he shows strength beyond his years but he had an innocent air that made me love him the moment he was introduced. The story itself is very entertaining and is a great start to a series that is bound to be incredible. While Ryan’s character stands out for being the protagonist, Ribera’s character brings depth to the story and acts as a catalyst at many points. The author describes everything while making sure that his words paint a vivid picture in your mind. You will feel like you have been transported in Ryan’s world and you are living everything along with him. This is a great start to a wonderful series and I loved every moment of it.

Asher Syed

Freesun's Rescue by Michael A Gaughan is the first book in the young adult science eco-fiction trilogy, The Sunterria Series. Humanity has destroyed Earth and been forced to colonize other parts of the universe, which, remarkably, have also now been polluted. The most habitable areas found—among them being Earth, in its formal glory—are the Sunterria “God Planets”. These have been deemed strictly off-limits as they are under the control of an advanced life form that humans, in a failed attempt, tried to force out. The thirteen-year-old son of Commander Connor, Ryan, is on board when Sunrise 5 lands to make a delivery on Perrion 7, an Earth system cargo hub. When his dog Dexi wanders off, Ryan and his friend Eden go in search of him, ultimately finding Dexi with three other life forms named Ribera, Kalin, and Atera. Ryan refuses to leave behind the critically injured Ribera, which sets off a series of events that drastically change the mission and the potential for Earth's salvation.

Freesun's Rescue is an intelligent and well-written young adult novel that will appeal to teens and adults alike. The storyline is strong and relevant, with the demise of Earth already at the point of ruin and humans attempting to resettle elsewhere after irrevocably damaging relationships with the alien life forms that can help them. I felt this book touched on some incredibly human traits, both the best and worst of them. Michael A Gaughan writes with a technical hand that will please lovers of the more classic books in the science fiction genre, balancing it with a youthful flair and dialogue, alongside some genuinely fresh eco-fiction and intergalactic politicking that readers new to the genre will appreciate. I loved this book and look forward to seeing where the series leads.