Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Review: Olympus Bound (Gaia #2) by Zoë Routh @zoerouth

Olympus Bound

Gaia #2

by Zoë Routh

Published: May 1, 2024

Publisher: Inner Compass Australia Pty Ltd

Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Thriller


Survival hangs on a knife-edge. Commander Xanthe Waters, a visionary leader haunted by her past, steers the groundbreaking Moon base, Olympus, through its darkest hour. As they stand six months into their lunar odyssey, catastrophe strikes, severing their lifeline to an Earth besieged by ecoterrorism, environmental collapse, and a spiralling political maelstrom.

Amid the unforgiving lunar landscape, Olympus teeters on the precipice of transformation. A breakthrough in helium-3 technology redefines its destiny, pivoting from a beacon of human achievement to a critical node in asteroid mining, a sanctuary for climate refugees, and a volatile chess piece in the interstellar power game. Here, in the vacuum of space, the crew must confront not just external dangers but the internal shadows of ambition, jealousy, and fractured loyalties.

At the heart of this maelstrom stands Xanthe Waters, whose leadership is tested like never before. Torn between duty and a suppressed longing for fellow designer Troy Bruin, she grapples with the weight of decisions where every choice reverberates through the void. Alongside her, a diverse crew of characters must confront their own personal demons while treading the thin line between survival and self-destruction.

Olympus Bound is a thrilling sci-fi epic that expertly weaves together themes of space exploration, political intrigue, ecological disasters, and the human drama of survival in an alien environment. For fans of speculative fiction giants like Kim Stanley Robinson, Neal Stephenson, and Margaret Atwood, this novel is a compelling journey through the trials of establishing humanity's first foothold beyond Earth.

Join Xanthe and her crew on this harrowing adventure as they navigate not only the perils of space but the intricate labyrinth of human dynamics, where the future of humanity is forged amidst the stars.

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My Review:

Olympus Bound is the second book in the Gaia series by Zoë Routh. Olympus Bound is a great continuation of the Gaia series. Just as the first book The Olympus Project pulled me into its world so did Olympus Bound. I don’t know which book I liked the best as I love them both very much. I love the world that has been created for the Gaia series. I never want to see it end.

In the first book The Olympus Project the world is dying and humans are trying to find a new place to live. They chose the moon. They finally reach the moon but are struck by bad luck as they struggle to survive. Many disasters are thrown their way. Space can be cruel. Building a new world can be very dangerous indeed.

Olympus Bound is a very enthralling read that kept me glued to the pages as I made my way to the end I wanted to know how it was going to turn out in the end. I had no problem following the story as the descriptions were written so well I felt like I was a part of their world. I could see space all around me. I had no problem seeing the space suits and the crew working in space to make themselves a home on the moon.

I would love to see the Gaia series made into a TV show. I can’t wait to read more in the Gaia Series.

I highly recommend Olympus Bound to all sci-fi fans! Grab a copy of Olympus Bound today! 

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