Title: STATION FOSAAN
Author: Dee Garretson
Pub. Date:February 14, 2017
Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.
Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things.
During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders.
Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home.
STATION FOSAAN is THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND meets STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN.
This is my first time to read a Dee Garretson story. At first, the title appeared to be Korean-sounding them. It sounds like Busan. Anyway, there are no Koreans mentioned in this book.
Fosaan is another planet where the Earthers (as what Fosaanians called humans in the book) occupied after the Apocalypse. Apocalyse was the time when Fosaan was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. As to how the Earthers reached and came to Fosaan is still a little bit fuzzy. Not a lot of information was laid out in this story. There were a few hints that were thrown out as accusations by Ansun (a Fosaanian leader)--that the Earthers intentionally blew up the volcanoes thus causing havoc and destruction on their planet and then they took advantage and took over the planet with its citizens working for them. Well, I guess will find out the truth about it in the next books.
Fosaan is a green planet with citizens who were lead by an Emperor. I think they are matriarchal. Currently, they are lead by a female. A grandmother who was a descendant of the Emperor. The royal family got killed when they tried to escape the planet during the Apocalypse. This planet is rich with iridium sulfide which the Earthers use to power up the bots. Yes, robots which are highly advanced. This same element or product is not of so much value to the Fosaanians. Their only use for this is for creating fireworks in their puppet shows. The very reason why Earthers are in their planet is because of this very unique commodity and they have set up a space station and housed some of the scientists and their families on this planet. That's where I met Quinn Neen.
Quinn and our other main character in this story, a Fosaanian, met in a serendipitous way. Mira was out looking for soft food for her sister and ended up on Quinn's doorstep. Quinn was so mesmerized by her beautiful eyes that he talked her into staying. He introduced her to the rest of the kids and ended up being friends. And that these two and the rest of the kids will be in for a surprise that will probably cost them their lives.
The events in this story are very fast paced. The kids are also very cute and interesting, especially Piper and Saunder. But I think what makes the story more interesting is Mags. The pet parrot of Quinn. She is so hilarious. I love her. She has a way of smelling the good guys from the bad ones. I hope the author keeps her until the end of the series and won't kill it. She makes the conversations all the more enjoyable.
This book reminds me of the story Rimrider by L.A. Kelly. This book was similar in genre and the hero was a teenager who has to faced odds bigger than his youth and unexpectedly survived and outwitted the adversary because he was underestimated because of his age and inexperience. Quinn is very resourceful and since he likes to tinker and build things, this talent has helped him, his friends and the rest of the Earthers escape what was sure death and destruction. The other characters in this story, like Mira, Lainie, Decker, and Saunder also have their own skills which when they work together make for a very cohesive and formidable team of smart kids.
I enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to the rest of Quinn, Mira, Piper, Lainie, Decker and Saunder's adventure. What odds are they going to face in the next book?
I give the book 4/5 colorful parrots. The story was told in a very descriptive language. I can very well picture Fosaan in my mind with its jungle, creatures, the very salty sea and the living compounds of both Earthers and Fosaanians. Dee Garretson is a very good storyteller. The only indication that this book is a YA is because of the main characters but other than that it is a very good sci-fi read not just for kids but for all ages. This was a good trip to outer space and I really enjoyed meeting Mags.
Thanks again, Dee Garretson and Month9Books for the review copy.
Dee Garretson writes for many different age groups, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult to adult fiction. She lives in Ohio with her family, and in true writer fashion, has cat companions who oversee her daily word count. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, watch old movies, and attempt various kinds of drawing, painting and other artistic pursuits.
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