Finished reading “One Way” by S. J. Morden which is a thrilling and suspenseful science fiction novel that takes readers on a gripping journey to the surface of Mars. The story is set in a near-future where a private company has undertaken the ambitious task of establishing a permanent human presence on the red planet.
The protagonist, Frank Kittridge, is a convict who is given a second chance at life by joining the crew of the first Mars mission. The catch? It’s a one-way trip with no guarantee of survival. Morden does a brilliant job of immersing readers in the harsh and unforgiving Martian environment, where every decision could mean life or death.
The character development in the book is impressive, especially in the case of Frank, who evolves from a reluctant participant to a determined survivor. The supporting cast adds depth and diversity to the narrative, each with their own secrets and motivations.
Morden’s writing is both engaging and scientifically sound, making the technical aspects of the mission and survival on Mars feel authentic. The tension and suspense are palpable throughout, as the crew faces a series of life-threatening challenges.
“One Way” is a thought-provoking exploration of human resilience, ethics, and the lengths people will go to in order to secure their future. It’s a page-turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. S. J. Morden’s vision of a not-so-distant future on Mars is both thrilling and haunting, making “One Way” a must-read for fans of hard science fiction.