Review: Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher

October 22, 2012 Review 1 ★★★


*This title will be released on October 30, 2012*

Ghost Planet

by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Genre: Science Fiction |
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Netgalley

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; October 30, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0765368978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765368973

Rating

Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

Sexual Content

Non-explicit sex scenes.

Description

Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world—a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she’d struggle with the requirement to shun these “ghosts.” She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

As a ghost, Elizabeth is symbiotically linked to her supervisor, Murphy—creator of the Ghost Protocol, which forbids him to acknowledge or interact with her. Confused and alone—oppressed by her ghost status and tormented by forbidden love—Elizabeth works to unlock the secrets of her own existence.

But her quest for answers lands her in a tug-of-war between powerful interests, and she soon finds herself a pawn in the struggle for control of the planet…a struggle that could separate her forever from the man that she loves.

Review

Imagine stepping on to a new planet to find yourself accompanied by the flesh and blood embodiment of a ghost.  Human, emotional, totally unaware of their own death or your loss.  From that premise GHOST PLANET caught my eye, and after two chapters I was entirely hooked.  Having the story told from the perspective of a ghost gives a front row seat to the pain, panic, and uncertainty of their situation.  It also makes it impossible to doubt that these resurrected loved ones are anything but real.

The “science” portion of this book’s “science fiction” genre has a lot in common with a good magical system.  Well organized enough to keep me interested without becoming so detailed as to bog down the story.  While not all of the details quite jive (I never felt that the psychological side effects of interacting with ghosts were resolved), Fisher created a very compelling world. Each human/ghost pairing, irrevocably tied together, was a risk for passion, abuse, and heartbreak. GHOST PLANET reads like a category romance, with a little more emphasis on the plot and not as much character development as I would have liked.  I enjoyed how the romantic pairings developed, and would be interested to read how platonic pairs could balance out in the future.

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s classic space colonization books will find much to enjoy in GHOST PLANET. Romance, space travel, and mysterious planetary forces combine to create a fun, light story.

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One Response to “Review: Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher”

  1. Sandy Williams

    I loved the excerpt for this book, and can’t wait to read the rest of it. I’m constantly trying to find a sci-fi romance author I love as much as Linnea Sinclair.

    I know what I’ll be buying on October 30th! :-)