by Bruce Golden
Cover Artist: Daniele Serra
Review by Carolyn Crow
Zumaya Publications, LLC Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781934841327
Date: 12 June 2009 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Do we own our environment, or does it own us? Is our planet ours to do what we will with? And, if so, what does the planet itself think about it?
Those are questions human environmentalists have long asked, but it's not Earth that's the subject of Bruce Golden's new novel Evergreen. And though there's an underlying environmental theme, that's not what the book's about. Despite the beautiful and mysterious milieu Golden's created for the planet Evergreen, this is a story about the characters--the humans who come from Earth. It's told from several viewpoints, all the while exploring emotional conflicts and human foibles ranging from revenge and redemption to love and obsession.From official release/information:
The planet Evergreen is ripe for exploitation, and corporate Earth is only to happy to harvest the lush timber and mining resources to provide luxury goods for a world whose own resources were long ago eradicated.
Like the frontier towns of early America, Evergreen draws the misfits, the outcasts, the unwanted of Earth, who exist as little more than slaves to pay off the huge costs of their trip to this magnificent wilderness. But others have come as well--a priest obsessed with finding God, an exobiologist convinced she has found what may be the next species capable of reaching true sentience, an archaeologist whose young wife is torn between her love for him and her lust for her stepson.
There is one other player in this game of greed and desire, however. And that player has grown more and more certain that the creatures that have infected it must be destroyed.
(Source: Zumaya Publications, LLC)