You know what I love reading on a lovely sunny day? Some post-apocalyptic fiction. No, I’m not being sarcastic. I recently read The Planetsider while it was glorious outside and let me tell you, it was a wonderful way to spend the weekend. Even if the content of the book isn’t that cheerful.
The Planetsider is set in a world that has just about managed to rebuild itself after a mysterious event known only as ‘The Fall’. Survivors live in small settlements which are heavily guarded to try and avoid by Roamers. These dangerous individuals have been driven mad by the toxicity of the atmosphere and a real threat to life on the planet. Ethan, our protagonist, is a Ranger and it is his job to keep his settlement safe from them. The only problem is that Ethan can’t stop dreaming or asking questions about what happened before. When his work leads him to some mysterious strangers, he might find more answers than he knows how to handle.
First and foremost, this book is thrilling. It keeps you on your toes on the best possible ways. As stressful as Ethan’s life is at the start of the book, it has nothing on the web of lies and secrecy than he finds himself trapped in as the novel progresses. Nothing is as safe and secure as it may first appear in all good post-apocalyptic fiction and The Planetsider is no exception to that rule. It certainly made for a tense reading experience!
It is also incredibly fast-paced and you, as the reader, are thrust into various trying situations alongside Ethan. He is unsure about so much in his world, but ultimately does what he can to try and help people which makes him a very likeable character. He even has some truly awkward encounters with love interests in The Planetsider, which felt relatable in a world that has been stripped of most things that we would recognise.
In a world stripped of pretence, it was good to have a character, equally as open and honest. Like his home, Ethan could be dangerous and hostile, but he was also open and trusting. While every one else wants to share in secrecy, Ethan wants the truth.
The only question is how far he will go to get it.
I really enjoyed The Planetsider – attested to by the fact that I read most of it in one sitting – and definitely sucked me into its web.
P.S I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.