The Strange

Saga. Mar. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781534449954. $26.99. SF
DEBUT After a catastrophic event termed “The Silence,” the Mars colony has been completely cut off from Earth. Anabelle’s mother was back on Earth when it happened, and now all the family has left is a treasured recording of her voice. Anabelle is understandably angry when their diner is ransacked, her father is injured, and the recording is stolen. She vows vengeance when authorities do nothing. Along with Watson, her beloved household robot, and a couple of petty criminals, she sets off into the dangerous outback known as the Strange to recover the recording. What she doesn’t realize is that humans aren’t alone on Mars. Not by a long shot. The situation is far more fragile and serious than she can even imagine.
VERDICT Ballingrud, whose story collection North American Lake Monsters was adapted as the Hulu TV series Monsterland, makes his full-length novel debut with this Wild West frontier story on Mars that edges into horror.
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