Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Thetis by Greg Boose @Greg_Boose @SDSXXTours

The Deep Sky Saga Book 2
by Greg Boose
Genre: YA Sci-fi Fantasy
Pub Date: 10/8/18

Lost meets The 100 in this action-packed YA science fiction series.
Blind and broken, orphaned teenager Jonah Lincoln reluctantly boards a rescue ship bound for the planet Thetis, but not before it picks up a few more surprising and dangerous survivors from the massacre on the moon Achilles. After regaining his sight, Jonah sees the gated colony on Thetis is just as he feared–cloaked in mystery and under an oppressive rule with no one to trust–and that outside the walls, it’s even worse. Surrounded by terrifying new landscapes and creatures, Jonah and his friends fight to save the colony and restore order to the planet.

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The gray grass under Jonah’s boots pops and shatters with every step. He follows the adults into the trees, stepping where they step, bracing his hands where theirs just were. It’s hot and sticky, and his gray jumpsuit clings to his skin like wet tissues.

“We found the yellow jacket right over there,” the woman says, pointing to the bottom of a large, twisted tree. “Showed up in our headlights while we’re headed back to camp.”

Jonah stares at the tree and the blood on its trunk, wondering why they didn’t leave the jacket where it was for evidence, or immediately investigate once they found it. He also wonders whose blood it is. Did Paul wake up and attack Dr. Z, ripping her jacket off and then chasing her into the forest? Or did Dr. Z carve up Paul’s skin with some new message to warn the others?

He stumbles past everyone, making his own path, and soon finds himself standing on the edge of a cliff. Half a mile below, thousands of geysers erupt in the valley, creating an enormous cloud of green mist that hovers overhead, blocking out the sun. The cliff Jonah stands on goes on for miles and miles, almost completely circling the valley. Way off on his right, a series of waterfalls descend the cliff into a giant pool that narrows and funnels into a twisting stream, cutting right through the geysers on the valley floor.
“You see those little black dots in all those waterfalls?” the woman asks as she comes up behind him.

Jonah thinks he might see some black specks in the water when he squints but can’t be sure.

The woman holds her sheaf out in front of Jonah’s face and turns on the camera. She raises her chin, triggering the zoom function, and suddenly it’s as if they’re hovering right above a waterfall halfway up the cliff. On her screen, small horned animals with squashed, pig-like faces bob up and down in the water above one of the falls. There are hundreds of them, maybe thousands. And they go over the falls seemingly without worry, plummeting with their short arms held above their heads. The woman zooms in even closer on a couple of the animals, following them all the way down the cliff, down waterfall after waterfall, and when they finally reach the giant pool at the bottom, they go underwater and never resurface, disappearing without a trace. Her sheaf scans the pool’s surface and then follows the stream cutting through the valley. Not one of the animals floats through. Thousands keep coming down the falls, and then they’re gone.

“Are they…Dying? Are they killing themselves?” Jonah asks.

“Maybe,” the woman answers. “But we don’t know for sure because we can’t find any bodies. They just,” she snaps her fingers, “go away. Even with our drones, we can’t figure it out. Yet.”

Jonah watches for a few more seconds before his eyes are drawn to a splattering of blood near his feet. There’s more to his left, and he quickly starts to follow it down a ridge that hugs the cliff’s edge.

“Yo, Firstie,” Vespa says behind him. “Wait up.”

The man with the ponytail suddenly pushes past Vespa and then Jonah, descending the ridge in a jog with series of loud, hacking coughs, his head still nodding, his rifle bouncing on his back.

“He lives for this kind of stuff,” the woman says as she drops in line behind Vespa. The bald man takes up the rear, whistling and clicking his tongue as if this is just a walk in the park.

“Does he keep nodding because of the…What’s wrong?” Vespa asks.

“It’s from the wormhole,” the woman says. “He hasn’t been able to stop moving his head ever since we went through two years ago. Even does it in his sleep, from what I’ve heard.”

The ridge continues to descend and curve left, ending at a large, circular space dotted with cave entrances. As Jonah comes down the final steps of the ridge, he doesn’t know where to look: at the half-circle of black doorways punched into the stone, or at the small sculptures all around him; rocks of all sizes and shapes are stacked on top of each other, balancing and wobbling in the swirling wind that sweeps through the area.

“Who the hell made those?” Vespa asks.

A low groan comes from one of the caves. The man with the ponytail whips his gun off his back and looks through his scope, nodding and bobbing the barrel of the rifle from cave to cave until pointing at one on the left. “He’s in there.”

In Achilles the first book in The Deep Sky Saga we meet a group of teenagers who were on their way to the planet Thetis to help colonize it after teenagers on Thetis were killed. Jonah’s ship crashes on Thetis moon Achilles before they can make it to Thetis. People are slaughter from one side of the moon to the other.

After all of the horrid things that Jonah and his friends experience on Achilles they are finally rescued by people from Thetis. But their nightmares don’t end when they reach Thetis. Jonah runs into more monsters and ghosts on Thetis and they all want him to join them and become their leader.

Monsters or something have taken over the people who were on the Mayflower #2 when it crashed on Achilles and now they have been brought to Thetis where their nightmares continue. Jonah keeps hearing voices his head telling him to follow them and give him instructions of where to go and what he must do. Jonah is not sure where the voices are coming from or if they are even real. Jonah just wants to save all of his friends from the monsters that are taking them over. He wants to help Thetis to become a better place to live for everyone on the planet as well as the people from Earth, hopefully one day.

Thetis is a face paced book that grabbed my attention from the first page and still hasn’t let go. Thetis is just as good as or maybe slightly better than Achilles. But seriously if I had to pick one or the other I don’t think I could I truly and honestly loved both books.

The Deep Sky Saga just gets better and better with each word. I love the world that was created for The Deep Sky Saga. It is filled with lots of action that keeps you hooked from one page to the next not knowing what is going on around you. You feel as if you have been sucked right into that wormhole with Jonah and everyone else. I can’t wait to see where The Deep Sky Saga takes us next and what journeys lay ahead.

I would recommend Thetis to all fans of science fiction. If you like TV shows like The 100, Lost or even Star Trek then you will love Thetis and Achilles. 

The Deep Sky Saga Book 1

Young colonists find themselves stranded on an unpopulated moon—and not as alone as they thought—in a series debut from the author of The Red Bishop.

The year is 2221, and humans have colonized a planet called Thetis in the Silver Foot Galaxy. After a tragic accident kills dozens of teenage colonists, Thetis’s leaders are desperate to repopulate. So Earth sends the Mayflower 2a state-of-the-art spaceship—across the universe to bring new homesteaders to the colony.

For orphaned teen Jonah Lincoln, the move to Thetis is a chance to reinvent himself, to be strong and independent and brave, the way he could never be on Earth. But his dreams go up in smoke when their ship crash-lands, killing half the passengers and leaving the rest stranded—not on Thetis, but on its cruel and unpopulated moon, Achilles.

Between its bloodthirsty alien life forms and its distance from their intended location, Achilles is a harrowing landing place. When all of the adult survivors suddenly disappear, leaving the teenage passengers to fend for themselves, Jonah doubts they’ll survive at all, much less reach Thetis—especially when it appears Achilles isn’t as uninhabited as they were led to believe.

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When I read the summary for Achilles I knew I had to read it as I have been looking for a book or movie about spaceships and people living on another planet for a long time. I saw the reference to The 100 and Lost and that just sealed it for me. I have been looking for books and shows like The 100 and Lost ever since I saw them for the first time this year.

Humans have been trying to colonize the planet Thetis for a while now so when an accident kills most of the teenagers on the planet Thetis calls Earth and ask them to send more. Earth sends the Mayflower 2 to Thetis with more teenagers and adults to Thetis but they never make it. The Mayflower 2 crash lands on one of Thetis moon called Achilles. The people on the Mayflower 2 don’t know anything about Achilles or all the dangerous animals on the moon. The survivors are determined to find a way to continue their journey to Thetis and get off Achilles before they all end up dead.

Achilles if filled with lots of action from the first page that will keep you jumping with excitement wanting to know more. With the crash and the ship being in several different pieces with people slung from one end to the other not mention people hanging out of their seats sitting in the tops of very tall trees with deadly spikes coming out of their branches to flowers opening up and shooting at them leaving fires in their wake to arms being ripped off to people hanging upside down inside the ship. There is enough action to keep you glued to the pages and the adrenaline pumping.

Achilles is a great introduction to The Deep Sky Saga that opens us up to the world that is to come. I can’t wait to dive into the next book and see what is waiting for all our little friends on Thetis and how far they have come in the colonization.

If you like spaceships, living on another planet, fighting space monsters, teenagers surviving on their own and being resourceful then you are going to love this whole new world of The Deep Sky Saga, starting with Achilles and then on to Thetis. 

The fourth of six kids, Greg Boose grew up on a large produce farm in northeast Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, and then later received his M.F.A. at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he focused on screenwriting and fiction. He lives in Santa Monica with his two young daughters.

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