Happy Release Week
Footsteps in the Sky
by Greg Keyes
Published May 26, 2015
The pueblo people who landed on the Fifth World found it Earthlike, empty, and ready for colonization . . . but a century later, they are about to meet the planet’s owners
One hundred years ago, Sand’s ancestors made the long, one-way trip to the Fifth World, ready to work ceaselessly to terraform the planet. Descendants of native peoples like the Hopi and Zuni, they wanted to return to the way of life of their forebears, who honored the Kachina spirits.
Now, though, many of the planet’s inhabitants have begun to resent their grandparents’ decision to strand them in this harsh and forbidding place, and some have turned away from the customs of the Well-Behaved People. Sand has her doubts, but she longs to believe that the Kachina live on beyond the stars and have been readying a new domain for her people.
She may be right. Humans have discovered nine habitable worlds, all with life that shares a genetic code entirely alien to any on Earth. Someone has been seeding planets, bringing life to them. But no other sign of the ancient farmers has ever been discovered—until one day they return to the Fifth World. They do not like what they find.
Originally written in 1994, Footsteps in the Sky is finally being released in digital form by Open Road Media.
I really wish I had liked this more. The blurb was interesting as I'm fond of that "first contact" trope. Unfortunately, this book could have been placed anywhere here on Earth where a down-trodden people are used by a large corporation after being offered pie in the sky promises. The writing was choppy and the editing was spotty. Change of POV was offered with no break in the formatting which made it hard to understand who was actually speaking. This cover was odd, too. The people are PEOPLE, not giant mouse people, which is what this cover conveys. AND the aliens don't look anything like this cover, either.
For those who appreciate trigger warnings, at one point there is a sex scene that, while both parties want it at the moment, they only want it because of the drugs they inhaled. Drugs that were forced on them. Some readers were offended by that. There is also a f/f love scenario. It wasn't graphic, but that might bug some people. Didn't bother me.
I've read lots of reviews for this book (and the author's other books) and people love his writing. Apparently this book wasn't written for this reader. It was all I could do to make myself finish it. This one gets a 1.5 bookmark rating from me. Read some of the other five star reviews to balance it out, you might like this one.
*Thank you, Open Road Media and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.
Greg Keyes was born in 1963 in Meridian, Mississippi. When his father took a job on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Keyes was exposed at an early age to the cultures and stories of the Native Southwest, which would continue to influence him for years to come. He earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. While pursuing a PhD at UGA, he wrote several novels, including The Waterborn and its sequel, The Blackgod. He followed these with the Age of Unreason books, the epic fantasy series Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, and tie-in novels for numerous franchises, including Star Wars, Babylon 5, the Elder Scrolls, and Planet of the Apes. Keyes lives and works in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, Nell; son, Archer; and daughter, Nellah.
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