‘SOCIAL SCIENCE FICTION’ DEBUT NOVEL COMBINES HUMANITY’S QUEST FOR SURVIVAL WITH POLITICAL INTRIGUE
Description: Jacob Foxx’s speculative debut sci-fi novel The Fifth World takes readers into the early twenty-second century where the earth is dying, reeling from the effects of a brutal nuclear war. To save humanity, an international alliance called the Consortium seeks to build a new homeland on a distant plant called Gaia. To send the first wave of pioneer settlers, the Consortium constructs an enormous starship called the Ark, which will allow them to reach Gaia and begin rebuilding humanity. Biologist Becca Newman labors on the Ark Project concerned that her brother Alex will be among the first crewmembers to settle on Gaia. After the starship launches from Earth and heads through deep space, the ship vanishes. Her brother is presumed dead and the only hope for humanity’s survival is lost. Fourteen years later, she learns that the Consortium made a mistake. Not only did the Ark make it, but her brother is still alive. But as she is reunited with him on Gaia she realizes that other visitors from Earth are not welcome. The colonists are quite happy in their solitude and are prepared to fight to remain free of Earth’s control.