Endiron and Harlo, who met sorting recyclables in Left Behind Book One: The Forbidden Voyage are now on their way to the New Planet. Will they be able to sort out the ship's waste disposal system? Will they safely negotiate the meteor showers and other dangers that space throws at them? What will they find on the new planet?
When they land on the new planet, they are met with kindness but also with the news that not all inhabitants of the planet would be kind to them, many would want to cut them open for scientific research, just because they are aliens.
The travellers and the hosts try to overcome their cultural differences and are already discovering they have much in common when the authorities come after them. They escape into the hills to hide, but find themselves being pursued.
This is a road trip through space and across a planet that may seem very familiar. While being an exciting tale of adventure, the story also explores issues around belonging and human rights, our obsessions with aliens (in both senses of the word) and, in fact, what it means to be human.
The characters and situation are engrossing, the story is both entertaining and insightful (and often quite moving) and there are enough unanswered questions in the narrative to ensure the reader will pick up the final book in the trilogy as soon as they can.....
Left Behind Book 2 : Brave New Planet by R Anne Polcastro is available here.
You can read my review of Left Behind Book One: The Forbidden Voyage here.