Millennium by Ben Bova

Many thanks to Endeavor Press and NetGalley for sending me an advance readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Reading a sci-fi novel set during my own lifetime is a strange thing. Millennium is based in December 1999 and follows a group of American and Soviet people living in Selene, a moonbase split in two on the Moon. With the cold war threatening to heat up after an incident in Antarctica, the commander of Selene wants to declare independence from all countries of the Earth. Naturally, they face opposition from their own governments.

This book had me hooked to the story like a fish on a line. There were moments when it tried to shake me off, but then it rehooked me quickly and easily. The plot is quite straightforward, which is nice in a sci-fi novel, and moves along and just the right pace. The characters are complex but understandably so, and there are enough twists to keep an F1 driver happy! The writing, likewise, is very pleasant to read, if not a bit dark.

What I would say is that people right now on Earth could do with a dose of this book. The sheer insanity of the major governments is clearly shown here and some of the things happening all around our pale blue dot have happened in the build up to this novel. Maybe our leaders should all read it and do everything to avoid a similar fate. Sure, there is no Soviet Union now, but tell that to the respective governments.

Star rating: 4 from 5

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