SciFi Book Review: Retrograde

Retrograde by Peter Cawdron

Synopsis:
Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one—what happens when disaster strikes Earth?  

Review:
This Mars station is divided by countries and cultures, working together for a common goal. But when tragedy strikes Earth, the scientists on Mars quickly divide, unsure who to trust. Events are shrouded in mystery, and no one knows the whole truth.

There have been several Mars disaster films and of course the recent The Martian book and film. While there are similarities, in this novel, the biggest disaster is on Earth and the repercussions with the Mars scientists. Retrograde is a fast-paced thriller – both psychological and action-packed. The characters are believable. And the suspense is combined with emotional drama and shocking surprises. With novels this intense, I catch myself reading faster to match the pace of it happening. I thoroughly enjoyed this Mars-based adventure.