Humanity has been looking at the stars in the skies for the longest period of time. Cave drawings, pictographs and so much more has been used to write down the speculations of what is out in the vacuum of space. Drones have been sent to other planets, and satellites have encircled the world, yet we still look out into space. Currently there are those who want to land on the big red dot out in space, the planet called Mars.
Italian independent author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli dives into speculation on what could be on Mars in the novella, “Red Desert – Point of No Return”. The novella will take the reader into the mindset of the crew of the Isis mission to Mars.
Isis is not the first attempt of humanity to colonize the planet, but the hope is they will have better results. There was the Hera mission that had gone before, but those people died mysteriously. After so much time the Isis mission was sent and their arrival on the Red planet will also come with challenges.
The novella will take the reader into the mindset of Anna Persson, who has left the station and begun walking out into the vastness of the planet. She will tell the reader what has been happening on the planet since their arrival.
The first of four parts, Point of No Return, will live up to its name. Why? It’s simple Anna’s “stroll” out onto the planet is one way. She is burning up her oxygen supply as she continues her walk. The events on how she got to this point in life will be remembered. The eventual acts that pushed her out of the station and onto the red planet will also become very clear.
Author Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli does a great job in setting a story for the follow up novellas in the series. American readers may get a bit thrown off by some of her word choices, or spellings, but this is due to the book being written using British English. This fact will not take anything away from the book, and neither will the fact English is not her first language. The facts portrayed and story development show work was done to get the proper feeling for this novella. It is something that many will put down asking where’s the second part. We may have to wait, but after this first entry into the series, it should be well worth the wait.