So I read this story, and elements of the story surprised and intrigued me, although it left part of me wondering where some of these elements had come from, if they were wholly the invention of the authors or not. And then I just saw the Third Doctor serial, 'Colony in Space'. Oh. Now this story makes some sense in that it is a reflection of events that happened in 'Colony in Space'.
These two authors took some of the basic elements of 'Colony in Space' and reimagined them in this grittier, yet more socially/politically conscious update, featuring the Seventh Doctor encountering an entity that he had dealt with before in 'Colony in Space', although things have gotten more complex with the involvement of the newly returned Ace, the mature, yet sensitive Bernice, and the absolutely alien nature of this planet/moons. Whereas 'Colony in Space' was a little bit simplistic in its morality play, this is quite different, yet familiar/similar if you have seen 'Colony in Space'. Actually, it might spoil things a bit, if you do see 'Colony in Space' before this, so to get a good reading out of this, check out this book first and then the serial. You'll be glad you did.
As for the book itself...I was interested in it and I kept on reading it, wondering what was going on, although the ending is a bit lacking in the sense that everything goes out of control and it does peter off. It doesn't resolve everything that happens, it leaves stuff hanging, but the nature of the story is like that. You cannot resolve everything that happens in life, all of the disappointments and sorrows.
- Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0426203887
- ISBN-13: 978-0426203889
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 18.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
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