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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Lost Planet is a work of fiction in the science fiction subgenre. It is aimed at young adult readers and was penned by author Cynthia Fridsma. The book is set in 2094 and follows Major Tony Norman, who has recently started a relationship with an airport security officer named Logan. The earth’s pollution levels have reached toxic levels, forcing those who remain on the planet to wear masks when walking outside. When aliens are spotted approaching the earth by a station near Saturn, Tony is sent to open negotiations only to be met with violence by the new yet familiar arrivals as war looms over humanity.
I loved the vision of humanity’s future that this book delivers, one where the pollution across our precious home world has been balanced by our increased capacity to leave it behind. The commentary on our nature that author Cynthia Fridsma makes through the arrival of the aliens and their observations about us and our world was a fascinating insight into how mankind could be viewed from the outside. The best science fiction works always have something important to say about the contemporary world, and The Lost Planet is no exception. Even as it introduces races of alien dinosaurs, the discussion about what it means to be a human and what our legacy is feels grounded and real. This is a fun and exciting work of science fiction that uses engaging prose to tell a dynamic tale of the possible future of our future, and I thoroughly recommend it to all readers.