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Beyond The Milky Way by Aithal

Fiction, science fiction, book review, On My Kindle, The Galaxy Series

Earth is dying; leeched of its natural resources and overwhelmed by pollution, it is becoming uninhabitable to human life at an alarming rate. With Congress planning to cut NASA's budget, NASA makes one last effort to demonstrate that space exploration is necessary to the survival of the human race by sending a shuttle to explore a planet that appears to be habitable.

When the shuttle encounters an anomaly in space, the crew finds itself on a different planet that is foreign, yet eerily familiar.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Are we alone?
Three astronauts go into outer space in search of a planet that ‘probably’ has water—one of the basic elements for the humanity to survive. Do they find it? What else do they find? They encounter something—something strange—beyond their wildest of imaginations, and their ‘mission-to-explore’ becomes ‘mission-to-survive’.

They experience something that makes them question their beliefs. It brings into focus all the things they had taken for granted—everything they had seen and learned—doesn’t seem to apply any longer.

Something happens along the way that makes them yearn to come back to Earth. After all, home is where the heart is.

This is not just-another-science-fiction. Rather, it will make you question your own beliefs—may they be scientific, religious, political, or something else.

In the first installment of The Galaxy Series, find out about the strange world they discover.
Excerpt of Beyond The Milky Way from Reprinted with the author's permission.

When I was contacted by the author to review Beyond The Milky Way, I was excited because I enjoyed his previous novel, India Was One, and I was curious to see how the author's flair for imagery and philosophy would work in a science fiction novel.  I was not disappointed. The author's writing was thoughtful, well-written, and insightful; the imagery and details were exquisite. I was immediately drawn into the story, and had trouble putting the book down. I was also pleased to see that the author included artwork at the beginning of each chapter; the illustrations give readers a hint of what each chapter holds.

Beyond The Milky Way by Aithal addresses several of the issues that mankind currently face; climate change, the increasing scarcity of natural resources, and several different forms of discrimination. The author manages to criticize humanity's foibles without being offensive, and challenges readers to ponder the parallels between our society and the societies that the crew encounters. I particularly enjoyed how the leaders of one society arrogantly stated that the society was built on being inclusive and the practice of full disclosure, while forming secret councils and demonstrating an "us-versus-them" mentality.

Fiction, science fiction, book review, On My KindleThe end of Beyond The Milky Way is impressive. While not everything is resolved, the ending does not seem abrupt; it seems like a natural pause during which readers can ponder and absorb everything that they read.

Beyond The Milky Way is a unique and imaginative science fiction novel that explores human nature and makes readers ask, "What if?" I am really looking forward to reading the second book in this series.

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