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Habitat: Roman by Peter Cawdron
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Habitat: Roman (edition 2019)

by Peter Cawdron (Author)

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"Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they're protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one--what happens when disaster strikes Earth?"--… (more)
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Title:Habitat: Roman
Authors:Peter Cawdron (Author)
Info:Heyne Verlag (2019), Edition: Deutsche Erstausgabe, 352 pages
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Ich denke, es ist unvermeidlich, dass Habitat von Peter Cawdron mit Andy Weirs Der Marsianer verglichen wird, hatte Andy Weir doch damit einen spannenden und mitreißenden Hard-Scifi-Roman auf den Markt geworfen.

Peter Cawdrons Habitat kann, was den Hard-Scifi-Teil angeht und die Spannung durchaus locker mithalten. Die wissenschaftlichen Details sind schon überragend und vermitteln eine glaubwürdige Vorstellung davon, wie das Leben auf dem Mars für Menschen aussehen könnte, wenn es die Menschheit in den nächsten paar Jahrzehnten schaffen sollte, einen Fuß auf unseren Nachbarplaneten zu setzen. Das Setting ist atemberaubend. Die Kolonie auf dem Mars faszinierend.

Es gibt vier Module, die um eine überkuppelte Nabe angeordnet sind, in der ein geschlossenes Ökosystem geschaffen wurde. Die 120 Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure leben und arbeiten zusammen, bis sie eines Tages eine Nachricht erreicht, dass auf der Erde ein Atomkrieg ausgebrochen ist. Schnell beginnen alte Denkmuster zu greifen und die Schuldfrage hängt über allen. Schuldzuweisungen, Verdächtigungen und Misstrauen greifen um sich.

Als Leserin erlebt man die Geschichte durch die Augen von Liz, einer Amerikanerin. Während ich es löblich finde, dass wir eine Protagonistin für diese Geschichte bekommen, so ist Liz doch genau der Punkt, in dem Habitat nicht mit Der Marsianer mithalten kann. Zu sehr wiederholen sich Liz‘ Gedanken und Beobachtungen. Zu naiv wirkt sie an manchen Stellen des Buches. Irgendwie ein bisschen zu sehr gewollt und nicht gekonnt. Die anderen Figuren nehmen kaum wirklich Gestalt an und können sich auch durch ihr Handeln kaum in den Vordergrund drängen. Zu sehr haben mich Liz‘ Ausführungen und Grübeleien davon abgelenkt.

Doch nicht nur auf der Erde herrscht Krieg. Auch auf dem Mars gibt es sehr bald Tote. Die Auflösung, was dahintersteckt, möchte ich hier nicht näher erläutern. Ich bin selbst noch hin- und hergerissen, ob ich sie gut finden oder als bereits ausgelutschtes Stilmittel abtun soll.

Durch das Nachwort weiß ich, dass Peter Cawdron hier schon einiges an Denkarbeit hat einfließen lassen, deswegen wäre es eher unfair, ihm vorzuhalten, dass schon andere diese Idee zu oft hatten. Sein Umgang damit im Rahmen der Geschichte bringt keinen direkten neuen Ansatz, aber der Twist funktioniert für die Geschichte sehr gut und ist in meinen Augen auch die einzig logische Möglichkeit.

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Habitat ist ein guter Hard-Scifi-Roman. Für mich waren die Figuren, allen voran Liz, eigentlich seine größte Schwäche. Mir ist dabei aber auch bewusst, wie schwierig es ist, der wissenschaftlichen Genauigkeit gerecht zu werden und gleichzeitig eine spannende Geschichte mit interessanten Figuren zu erzählen. Hard-SF-Fans kommen jedenfalls voll auf ihre Kosten. Und dafür eine klare Leseempfehlung. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
Good characterization and seemingly-strong science (seemingly only because I'm no scientist and wouldn't know one way or the other) are done a disservice by an under-developed "villain"/conflict. The book is short, at under 250 pages, so perhaps a few more pages to allow the plot to really develop would have been helpful. ( )
  BillieBook | Apr 1, 2018 |
Retrograde
By: Peter Cawdron
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Another favorite book by Cawdron...
Earth has many colonist and scientist on Mars then one day the Mars groups hear bits and pieces of bad new then nothing. War, nukes all over the world. No one knows who started it, each nation's pod is given different info. Now on Mars, no one trust each other. But now, whoever started the war on Earth is starting the war on Mars. It is so freaking exciting!!! Sci-fi, mystery, and so much more! With his books it is always that more that gets you... that is what keeps me coming back to his books. What is life? Such a good book.
The narrator is such a great actress, had me on the edge of my seat! Wonderful job!!! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Nov 17, 2017 |
This review and others posted over at my blog.

I have mixed feelings about this book and find it hard to talk about.

Let me start by talking about the parts I enjoyed. First, the general plot; I’ve read plenty of sci-fi, but I’ve never read a scenario where the people on a space station find themselves imperiled due to a war on Earth. This got me thinking about how scary (well, most sci-fi books set in space scare me because I’d be too scared to go into space) it would be to realize that your survival on another planet depends on a planet that’s now wrecked by a war and may never be able to send you further support. The space station certainly seems well-equipped, but I didn’t get the impression that the station could be self-sufficient if Earth was permanently incapable of sending them future supply pods. It certainly adds tension to an already dangerous situation, on top of the strife and misery the inhabitants experience after finding out everyone they know on Earth might be dead.

The other part I enjoyed was the twist…that I feel like I can’t talk about? I didn’t see if coming and if you might not see it coming either, I don’t want to give it away. So, it was unexpected (ok, duh, I just said that) and it added a little spice to a story that was otherwise boring me. I mean, I wanted to be interested in what was going to happen to these people who are possibly stranded on Mars due to a nuclear war on Earth, but, for reasons I’ll explain in a moment, I wasn’t. When some shit hit the fan and I found out why my interest was renewed in the plot, at least.

My main problem with this book is Liz – the first person narration prevented me from getting to know any of the other characters, except through Liz’s limited, and extremely repetitive, observations and I found Liz bland.

I’ve read plenty of novels written in first person; I know many people dislike it, but I typically don’t mind it (sometimes I don’t even really notice it). In this context, however, I never got to know any of the characters except Liz and even Liz’s way of talking about her own life and experiences didn’t feel like I was getting to know her so much as it felt like she was just citing random facts about herself. As a result, when other characters experienced something traumatic or emotionally meaningful, I felt nothing.

Liz is also extremely repetitive. One of the first things that started to annoy me was her constant talk about how Harrison, one of the US mod leaders and also her ex-boyfriend, swears often. At first, I chalked it up to Liz thinking someone swearing is a character trait or description we need to know about (whereas he could just swear a lot in his dialogue and I’d get the point without it needing to be explained to me). Then she keeps talking about it. Good Old Harrison, can’t talk without swearing. That’s Harrison, swearing away, he does it a lot. Harrison swears, he must like the colorful language, unlike the rest of us. Man, nobody swears like Harrison and it sounds totally new and different when he does it. Golly, there’s Harrison, swearing again, isn’t it neat?

Shut. Up.

This is a theme with Liz – constant repetition. Her thoughts on the war were one-note and repeated throughout the book. Essentially any observation she made was bound to be repeated and every scenario over-explained. I didn’t feel like I was given a chance to figure anything out myself. For example:

“Hit me with spray,” Connor says.
“I’ll hit you if you don’t do as you’re told,” Anna says sternly, playing on his words.

I get it – you don’t have to tell me Anna was playing on Connor’s words because I read what she said and it’s clearly a play on words. Most of the dialogue is similarly flat.

While I don’t consider Retrograde a bad book, I’m torn on whether or not I’d recommend it. I did like the plot, but I never felt for any of the characters because of Liz’s lackluster point of view. It is a relatively quick read though and if you’re looking for a slightly different take on the ‘life in a space station’ scenario, this one might be worth borrowing from the library. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Oct 9, 2017 |
Retrograde by Peter Cawdron is a sci-fi novel with the emphasis being on science. In addition, it is intensely suspenseful and it contains some of the elements of a thriller novel. Though it is a work of fiction, I could easily see the events described occurring within the next one hundred years.

The story is about the first human colony on Mars. The colonists consist of scientists and support personal, from a variety of countries, working together as a team to study Mars. They are almost an equal mix of male and female and represent a wide range of ethnic groups. Therefore, when the unthinkable occurs on Earth and the colony is left essentially to fend for itself it will be easy for individuals to think of themselves first and their country of origin next and not as a Martian. They will need to set aside their differences and think like Martians and use their collective intelligence if they are going to survive what is to come.

I am intentionally being vague here. It would be super easy to spoil this incredible story. Once you have read it you will see why. Also, I get why this is being called the next The Martian. In my opinion, this is truly science fiction as it should be and at its best.

I liked this book so much, mainly because the author went to great lengths to get the science correct, right down to the details of how a space suit would feel for the wearer and the geological makeup of Mars. This level of attention to detail gives the story more credence. Cawdron also did an outstanding job of portraying how a colony on Mars would be organized and function and what life would be like for someone living in that colony. Add in a plot that was extremely well executed and highly refined characters it made for a great read.

This is one book that will require a reread at some point. This book will no doubt be in my top 10 for the year. Retrograde is a must read for Science Fiction enthusiasts and for readers who enjoy a science oriented story.

I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my blog at www.thespineview.com ( )
  purpledog | Sep 9, 2017 |
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